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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Searching For The ‘Edge Of America’

"My bike joust battle paint mixed with a cream pie… don’t ask!" - Geoff Edgers (Travel Channel)

“My bike joust battle paint mixed with a cream pie… don’t ask!” – Geoff Edgers, host of the Travel Channel’s “Edge of America.” (Travel Channel)

Geoff Edgers is a mild-mannered arts reporter for The Boston Globe. But these days he has a side job: host and writer of the new Travel Channel series “Edge of America.”

"Riding a tall bike is easier than you might think. Stopping? That’s another story." - Geoff Edgers (Travel Channel)

“Riding a tall bike is easier than you might think. Stopping? That’s another story.” – Geoff Edgers (Travel Channel)

Edgers was recruited for this show after a friend at the Travel Channel saw “Do It Again,” Edger’s documentary about his unsuccessful attempt – some might call it his unhealthy obsession – to reunite his favorite band from the 1960’s, The Kinks.

So it follows doesn’t it that anyone willing to take on Ray and Dave Davies would also participate in bicycle jousting in Oregon, hunt rattlesnakes in Oklahoma (see video below) and let women on roller blades whack him with wiffle ball bats in a Florida reinvention of Spain’s Running of the Bulls.

That’s what Edgers has been doing for the past year – traveling the country to report on the quirky and unusual way people across the country have fun.

From “Edge of America”: Rattlesnake hunting in Oklahoma

Guest:

  • Geoff Edgers, arts reporter for The Boston Globe and host of the Travel Channel’s “Edge of America.” He tweets @geoffedgers.

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