A few years ago, my cousin spent his summer riding his bike across the United States. When I first heard about it, I was inspired, but it still sounded crazy to me. I had never heard of such a thing.
Now I find myself about to do the same.
Ever since hearing about my cousin’s tour, my younger brother Pat and I had talked about the idea of doing it one day. Pat just recently completed film school at Hofstra University, and upon graduating was eager to do something adventurous or creative before diving into work.
I just recently finished a backpacking trip through Central America, where I met a family of four who cycled from Quebec to Costa Rica with an eight-year-old and an eleven-year-old. I was very inspired by their journey.
After telling their story and seeing my brother eager for an adventure, it felt like the perfect time to plan a cycling tour of our own.
As excited as we are about the trip itself, we are equally excited about documenting the whole thing. As filmmakers, we both share a passion for telling stories, and we have been eager to do something creative together as brothers.
Our vision for our film is not only to tell the story of our journey, but the stories of the people we meet along the way. We intend on camping, and our plan is to rely on the kindness of strangers to see who will let us pitch a tent in their yards or if people will be willing to invite us in.
In addition to the documentary, we will be vlogging along the way to share our journey and to show the behind the scenes of making a film on the road.
We planned our itinerary with the intention of seeing the most diversity we could throughout the country, which meant not taking the most direct route— a shade over 4,000 miles.
Our plan is to do at least 60 miles a day with Sundays off to watch the Patriots 🙂
If we’re able to stick to this goal, and we aren’t delayed by inclement weather, we should complete the journey sometime in late November.
Many people who do a trip like this will attach a cause to their journey. For us, we both share a passion for inspiring youth. The theme of our trek is along the same lines as Live High– do what you love, follow your passion, seek adventures, etc.
We want to use this trip as an opportunity to inspire kids. My mother is a second grade teacher, and we are having her class and another fourth grade class track us on our journey and Skype with us along the way. We went in to meet the children and answer all their questions; it was exciting to see the looks on their faces and to have them feel connected to our journey.
We launched an indiegogo campaign to raise money for our film budget and to offset some of the expenses of the trip. Half of everything we raise will be donated as scholarships to the Boys & Girls Club for families who can’t afford the membership fee.
Here’s a little promo for the trip:
What I’m most excited about is the idea of waking up every day not knowing what I’ll see, who I’ll meet or where I’ll sleep. Each day is truly like a blank page, an opportunity to write about wherever our hearts take us— adventure at its finest.
“The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.”
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