Preparing for a road trip Jan.9, 2020

Charlie and I are getting ready for a big road trip to promote The Ribbon of Road Ahead. I am so excited to meet new people with Parkinson’s in the southwest and California.

We are starting out on Jan 21 and driving DOOLY, our Ford Transit/Coachmen CrossFit Camper Van to Burns OR. There’s a small gathering of Parkinson’s people there and I am really excited to meet them. The local bookstore owner has invited me to stop in and maybe do a couple of readings.

Out next stop will be at the Las Vegas Parkinson’s Place Moving Day. It’s their 3rd annual gathering and my first time there. I will step on the big stage for a few minutes where I will speak about Choosing as Attitude of Adventure.

We will take a week off to play, exploring the area around Phoenix before we head for Los Angeles where Sharon Kirschner (Blogger Twitchy Woman) has invited me to her home to speak with the “Twitchy Women” support group. WHAT AN HONOR!

From there we will head directly to San Francisco where I am speaking at the Institute of Aging. This awesome organization has invited me as part of their education series.   It’s open to everyone but is a ticketed event. Professional development hours are available.

In the bay area and central coast I will speak to these support groups: Santa Cruz, San Jose, Monterey, Morro Bay. As we travel home Dooly will get rest breaks in Klamath Falls and Bend while Charlie and I visit with support groups. We hope to be home on the night of Feb 19.

Preparing talks for each of these locations has taken time, but it is time well spent. My book is not the highlight. It’s the lessons I’ve learned from my adventures that I really want to share. The attitude of adventure came from a TED TALK I heard on YouTube. Bob Kuhn from British Columbia coined the phrase, so I need to give him all the glory. I just ran with it because seems to fit me.

Now you know where I am going and a little bit about my talks. My next installment will tell how I will physically prepare to travel in a 22-foot van for a month…including medication management, nutrition for van life newbies, sleep, and keeping comfortable without my favorite easy chair.


Published by Carol Clupny, author The Ribbon of Road Ahead: One Woman's Remarkable Journey with Parkinson's Disease

I am a middle aged woman with Parkinson's Disease. When I was first diagnosed I spent a lot of time researching the disease. Seeing a video of a man in the advanced stages of the disease attempting to get out of his chair and then "freezing" as he tried to walk across the room got me off my butt and moving. Great adventures on the Camino de Santiago and with TEAM Pedaling for Parkinson's across IOWA, as well as the day to day adventures of life have lead me to writing. My first novel, a memoir, was published early 2019. It is called, you got it THE RIBBON OF ROAD AHEAD. Living with the degenerative neurological disease Parkinson's, ULTREIA is a word that guides me. I have chosen it as the name of my business ULTREIA BOOKS. It comes from Latin and old French and means "unfailing courage". In the old days, pilgrims would call "Ultreïa" to each other as encouragement "Go up, go further!" Nowadays we would say "You can do this thing". It takes courage to live with Parkinson's. May I face each day with unfailing courage. Ab Here is more about me; I was living an active lifestyle riding horses, hiking, climbing and snow skiing when at age fifty I was diagnosed with Parkinsons. Retiring from my career as a speech-language pathologist I decided to “take to the road” to battle the disease. My first steps, walking out her door to the mailbox, lead to trekking over 1000 miles of pilgrimage trails on the Camino de Santiago in France and Spain. A dusty bike discovered in the garage resulted in four rides on the Des Moines Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa with the Pedaling for Parkinsons Team. These adventures inspired me to write a memoir The Ribbon of Road Ahead: One Woman’s Remarkable Journey with Parkinson’s Disease. I blogs about my everyday life as a middle-aged woman in the mid-stages of Parkinson’s disease. My honest, humorous, and casual narrative style brings the reader to an intimate understanding of my resilience and acceptance. My blog, sharing the name of my book ”The Ribbon of Road Ahead” can be found at After completing a Masters of Science in Speech Pathology from Eastern Washington University I received certification in School Leadership and Administration from Lewis and Clark College. I provided speech pathology services and later became a program director completing 32 years in the wide geographic expanse of eastern Oregon. Active in the Oregon Speech-Language and Hearing Association I received honors of the association and the presidential award for work on recruitment and retention of speech and hearing professionals. Il presented numerous papers and projects at local, state and regional professional conferences. I was appointed by Governor Ted Kulongoski to two terms of the Oregon Board of Examiners of Speech Pathology and Audiology, the state’s licensing and consumer protection agency. Since my diagnosis in 2008, I has become active in the Parkinson’s community as an advocate, an Ambassador for the Davis Phinney Foundation and support group facilitator for Parkinson's Resources of Oregon. I was appointed the regional patient representative for the Parkinson's Foundation’s Women with PD TALK study. In September of 2019 the Michael J Fox Foundation selected me to participate in the Parkinson’s Policy Forum in Washington DC. As an attendee at the World Parkinson Congress in 2016 in Portand, Oregon, I presnted a poster session examining the decision making process for patients considering deep brain stimulation. At the 2019 WPC in Kyoto, Japan I presented a poster on vision concerns of women with PD and lead small group discussions. Myr book The Ribbon of Road Ahead has provided many speaking opportunities for Carol. In 2019 and early 2020 she visited 24 support groups in Washington, Idaho, Oregon and California to share her thoughts on living well with the disease. In addition, she has presented talks for The Center on Aging in San Francisco, Parkinson's Place in Las Vegas, Northwest Parkinson's Foundation in Richland WA and virtually through their HOPE online program. In late 2020 I rejuvenated her voice and narrated her book. It became available as an audio book in 2021. As part of this project I read stories over the airwaves on RadioParkies Australia with DJ Madonna and in Great Britain with DJ Johnny Parky. She and her husband Charlie have two adult sons. They live on a small hobby farm in eastern Oregon. Contact Information: Carol Clupny PO BOX 128, Hermiston, OR 97838 (541) 720-4256


  1. You are awesome, but you must know that because I keep telling you !
    You are so dedicated to helping people all the while trying to be good to Carol and look after her !
    Yo are so blessed to have Charlie . Safe travels looking forward to your next post

  2. Well done Carol & Charlie!!
    What an adventure!
    Wishing you safe travels & im sure you’ll make a huge difference to all those who hear your talks.
    With love from South Africa
    Rose xx

    1. Safe travels! You are adventuring through some beautiful country! I hope you are bringing your hiking boots and poles!!

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