His travel guide has nothing to do with the exquisite accommodations of a four-star hotel or the buffet on a trendy, new cruise ship.

Instead, Chuck Woodbury chronicles the lives of the common people passed hundreds of times each week, the ones working in auto shops, digging graves or drinking at a roadside bar.He spends nights in local campgrounds, and he prefers to tell readers about the giant burgers he eats - made from cow, emu or otherwise - rather than the expensive caviar found in exotic locales.

Through his quarterly newspaper, "Out West," Woodbury, 51, has spun his road trip yarns for more than 11 years now. And he doesn't plan to stop anytime soon.

He writes simply, and his stories sound more like a journal entry or personal letter than a newspaper story. Yet that is essentially his entire newspaper: an eight to 10 page journal entry of his recent trip somewhere west of the Rockies, accompanied by sidebars of interesting folks, intriguing businesses and the societal quirks he encounters along the way.

"Everyone has something to say, and everywhere there are people very enthusiastic about what they are doing," Wood-bury said.

His ideas come from everywhere. On his current trip, which brought him to Salt Lake City Wednesday night, he encountered a headstone designer in the Winnemucca, Nev., cemetery. Two hours later, he had three stories.

Another thing that everyone has, but often ignores, is dreams, Woodbury said. He constantly hears from people of all ages telling him how much they envy him because he is living his version of the American dream.

"People who have a dream should just do it," Woodbury said.

If anyone can preach about following dreams, Woodbury can. His entire life he has traveled and always wanted to find a way to make a living at it. Finally, after almost 20 years as a freelance writer and editor, he decided to publish his own newspaper, a feat not easily accomplished.

"I didn't win the lottery or have corporate backing," he said. "I had $500 and a dream."

What resulted from his first issue were rave reviews from USA Today and interviews by ABC, NBC and National Public Radio. That national attention bumped circulation from 20 friends to almost 10,000 subscribers.

Currently, subscriptions hover around 7,500, an amount with which Woodbury is very comfortable. At one point, when he attempted to use more writers and produce a slicker paper, his circulation dropped to 6,000. In the past two years, however, he has eliminated most freelance writers, quit looking for slick production, and returned to what he does best: telling stories.

His travels concentrate primarily on the continental American West, although he did one issue about Alaska.

"Eleven states is plenty for one guy," he said. "The American West is more diverse and more scenic than anywhere in Europe. Plus, you can drink the water."

Thus, his datelines hail from towns like Nowhere, Ariz., and Tonapah, Nev. Within Utah, he will spend most of his time in the southern half, which he points to as the most beautiful place on the planet.

Another favorite destination for Woodbury is Huntsville, located 15 miles east of Ogden. There, he will eat at the Shooting Star Saloon, home of the second best burger in the United States. (It was recently dethroned by a burger near Seattle).

One problem he has started to encounter is the slow erosion of uniqueness.

"The world is becoming so homogenized," he said. "Anymore, it's tough to get on the two-lane highways and find the mom and pop stores."

Not that those challenges will slow him down. If anything, they will only encourage him to keep searching and to discover those places very few know even exist.

Woodbury will likely leave Salt Lake City Friday afternoon and aim toward Colorado. Then again, he may not. He might go north to Idaho or south to Arizona. Or he may wander the streets of Salt Lake City for three or four days.

Because that is how he operates. No plans, no inkling for story ideas, no time schedules. Just old-fashioned road tripping.

For more information about Out West, visit the Web site at (www.outwestnewspaper.com) or call 1-800-274-9378.