This is the story about three individuals, an amazing adventure, and the beginning of a movement.
Just your everyday life
Let's face it, nearly all of us have routines that sometimes feel constraining: work, school, community obligations, bills, taxes, hour lunch breaks, grocery store visits, dirty dishes. . . You get the idea. These are just a few of the elements which are a part of our lives as adults on the day to day, and although they provide a certain level of comfortable predictability, they can also feel confining. My life is like most Americans; I go to work, I have bills, and I have to buy more gas when I run out. I pretty much know how my days are going to turn out unless space aliens start landing or Skynet goes online, and I would be willing to bet that there are many, many others who feel similarly. It's usually when we begin to feel trapped by our routines that we arrange vacations to exotic places or simply schedule some time away from the norm to pursue a hobby for a long weekend. Those getaways are always a great way to reset the switches, and I’m sure any good doctor would tell you that occasional time away from the grind is quite healthy; but I want to make a suggestion: don’t just take a vacation, take an adventure!
Monotony, meet your worst enemy
If there is an opposite to mundanity, surely it must be adventure. Rather than just scheduling another beach trip in an effort to break up the repetition of daily life, why not try something completely different? Why not try something extraordinary? Our initial reaction is to make excuses, but the fact is, all we really have to do is make decisions. Even though I’ve been thinking about an adventure of my own for years, I have only just decided to do it instead of convincing myself otherwise, as I have in the past. The time is now.
Beginning on July first of this year, I will be riding my bike from Key West, Florida to Seattle, Washington. My route will take me North along the Atlantic coast to Richmond, Virginia where I will cut West across Kentucky, the Southern part of Illinois, and into Kansas City, Missouri. At that point I will track North West along the Iowa/Nebraska border, through South Dakota, and into North Dakota. There I will finally head West through Montana, the tip of Idaho, and into Anacortes, Washington. All in all I will spend approximately four months and more than four thousand miles pedaling my way from one corner of this country to the other. I won’t set foot in a hotel, nor will I step inside anything motorized unless I have to get picked up by an ambulance. It will be a lengthy trip, and some days I’ll probably be pretty uncomfortable, but everyday will be an adventure!
This trip is about more than simply going from point A to point B, it is about people. I know that there are hundreds, thousands, perhaps even hundreds of thousands of people in our society that feel trapped by their own cycles of monotony, and it is my desire that those individuals find inspiration to do something out of the ordinary. To that end, I am working with some exceptionally talented cinematographers, editors, writers, and technicians to bring this entire trip to you in the form of a documentary. It is our collective aim to document this exciting venture and give it to the world with the high hopes that others will decide to take exciting ventures of their own. We’re only truly living life if we truly are!
We have established three fundraising goals for this project. If the first goal is reached, we will be able to produce a short documentary (approximately 30 minutes in length) detailing my story, the preparation, and the trip itself. Everything during the actual trip will obviously be shot from only one perspective. The emphasis in that case will be the preparation weeks and in the two weeks following the trip. If we reach our second fundraising goal, a second individual will be coming along. Her name is Cortney and not only is she a brilliant videographer/writer/editor, she will also be along to take part in the adventure herself. The documentary at this point will be longer (approximately 60 minutes in length) and will include Cortney’s story as well as a stronger emphasis on the trip itself since we will have more cameras. If our third and final fundraising goal is met, a third individual will be joining us. His name is Jason, and he is both a talented director as well as a third camera operator. The best part is, if Jason is able to come along, his wife, son, and newborn daughter will be along for the ride as well. Although we will move forward with the project if our initial fundraising goal is met, it is obviously our greater goal to be able to take along both Cortney and Jason not only because of their tremendous talents in film production, but also because they both have their own unique stories to tell about breaking away from the day to day in order to embark on a life changing adventure.
Every last penny raised will go toward making this thing happen. That includes any amount of funds raised over our third goal. The money you give will pay for equipment, production costs, food, maps, and other expenses associated with putting three people on the road for four months. That, of course, is the nuts and bolts of it; in the end, your money is really buying a means in which the vision of this film can be communicated to our society. You’re helping us spread the word that even though we all have bills, jobs, and obligations, we can and absolutely should break free and truly live outside of the cycle if only for a short time.
Goal #1. $10,000
Goal #2. $20,000
Goal #3. $60,000
We have arranged for some pretty cool rewards for those who wish to contribute to this project, and we hope you dig ‘em.
The final word
Thanks so much for the time you’ve taken to read through this. If you choose to help fund this project, know that we are exceptionally grateful to you for your support and look forward to producing this film for you. There is a lot of preparation underway even as you read this, and we would like to invite you to experience it with us. Please check out the website regularly as updates will be posted daily. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and tell your friends and family to do the same. It's all at adventuresendure.com. Let’s spread the word together. The circumstances of our lives don’t control us: not our bills, our bosses, or the gas prices. If only in an effort to simply get away for a while and experience something new and exciting, or if in an act of defiance to the many types of control that society exerts, let’s take an adventure! Let’s be part of a movement. Let’s start the adventure revolution!
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