About this project
Above photos are from previous trips to dry regions of the West.
This will be a journal-style book of photos and writing covering a trip via train and bike from Portland, Oregon to Joshua Tree.
The writing and photos will explore isolation, the desert, creativity, and travel. The means for traveling (bike & train) have been selected due to their flexibility and lack of carbon impact. We are in the middle of a climate crisis, after all!
The writing will be stylized in a dispatch manner and paired with photos (and sometimes just text alone). I am hoping to find a new perspective on society while away from it in the desert, and also push myself to the limit in terms of physical exertion and mental creativity in traversing a remote part of the country via bicycle. Through this difficult mode of travel, I feel the work is improved.
When hungry, eat
When tired, sleep
- Zen saying
Riding a bike is freeing.
When on a bike, you can stop wherever, camp wherever, and choose routes that would take days to walk, or would be impossible with a car. It costs nothing, and doesn't pollute. Bikes have the potential to help, rather than harm.
To whittle down everything you own to what you actually need is freeing. To think only about eating, drinking, and sleeping is a more natural, less neurotic way to live. For these reasons, I choose to ride a bike.
I will be using the funds to pay for some essential gear I did not have on my last tour (much to my chagrin), and for food and transportation.
Fully Funded: $1500
Minus Kickstarter Fee ($120) = $1380
Gear: $500 (GPS, Bags, Bottles, Tools)
Food: $300 (for two people, about a months worth)
Initial Run Of Books: $300
Risks and challenges
Risks include equipment failure and personal injury. This is my third tour, so I'm experienced in that sense. I'll be carrying stuff to fix my bike, and will be traveling with my partner in case of bodily harm.
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