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Inquiry: GORDON B. LANKTON: A Long Way Home: A Motorcycle Journey

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011 - 11:14am

GORDON B. LANKTON is Chairman of the Board, Nypro Inc.  An engineering graduate of Cornell University, in 2007 he founded the Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton, with the largest collection of Russian icons publicly displayed outside of Russia. Back in 1956, fresh out of the Army and stationed in Germany, he decided to take a motorcycle trip like no other: from Germany to Southeast Asia. He had never ridden a motorcycle before. The trip would take him through Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Burma, Vietnam and that is just for starters. As you can imagine, the road conditions varied tremendously from just passable to extremely poor, with stretches snow,  ice and even sand covered. Along the way, he spent time talking with people along the way, learning about all the cultures encountered at a time when most Americans were totally ignorant of that part of the globe. It was an epic journey that changed him forever. His memoir of that amazing trip is titled A LONG WAY HOME: A MOTORCYCLE JOURNEY. 

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