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Two photographers will ride bicycles 30,000 miles, through 50+ countries to document the geography of youth.

The Geography of Youth is a fresh, documentary photography project promoting global connections and understanding within the next generation. Alan and Morrigan's sense of adventure, devotion to bicycle advocacy, environmental responsibility, and love of storytelling through photography will propel them as they serve as our tour guides, sharing with us through vivid images what it means to be a young adult in today's ever-changing world.

We (Alan and Mo) will set out in July of 2011 from Fairbanks, Alaska to ride our bicycles 30,000 miles around the world. We will use photographs to tell the story of what it means to be in your twenties in more than 50 countries and share those stories (as well as stories about daily life on the road) through digital postcards on http://www.geographyofyouth.org.

The entire project will take more than three continuous years of riding and photographing, and the money we raise here on Kickstarter will take us through the first three regions (16 countries through North, Central, and South America). We will keep our costs as low as we can by tenting and staying with families when possible. Any additional funds we raise will help us to tackle Africa, Oceania, Asia, Scandinavia, Europe and the Middle East!

For more information about the project, including a detailed map, please check out our website: http://www.geographyofyouth.org.

Your contribution will help us to pedal our way over countless mountains (physical and metaphorical). Just knowing that you've got our backs and want to see this project completed, whether you've donated $1 or $10,000, means so much to us. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts.

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    ... and we'll give you a big "thank you" with your name on the donors section of The Geography of Youth website. PLUS a password to download a sweet screensaver of us riding our bicycles around the world (okay, in front of a green screen. But it'll look like we're riding around the world).

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    ... and you will receive a hand-stamped, block printed thank you postcard from us designed exclusively for our Kickstarter Backers! PLUS the screensaver and your name on the website!

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    ... and we'll send you a signed, hand-stamped, block print poster for The Geography of Youth. Made with love by us. PLUS the postcard, screensaver and your name on the website!

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    ... and we'll send you a homemade world map kit with pins and string so you can plot your own adventure (or follow ours). PLUS the poster, postcard, screensaver and your name on the website!

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    ... and we'll call or Skype you to help plan your own bicycle tour! What to pack, cool places to go, how to plan a route- even if it's just for a weekend getaway. If you're not into bicycle touring, we can help you plan a photography project or talk about photo basics, cameras, and getting access to things you want to shoot. PLUS the homemade map kit, poster, postcard, screensaver and your name on the website!

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    ... and we'll send you handwritten postcards from the road! We'll try to find some really cool ones. PLUS the Skype/phone call, homemade map kit, poster, postcard, screensaver and your name on the website!

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    ... and we'll send you your choice of one of the twenty-three black and white, archival pigment prints from the touring Project Tandem gallery show. These prints are sized 11x14 on the same beautiful paper used in the gallery show (for those of you as geeky about printing as we are, it's Moab's Entrada Rag paper). This is a limited edition run of ten prints per photograph. Please let us know as soon as possible which print you'd like so we can reserve it for you. PLUS the postcards from the road, Skype/phone call, homemade map kit, poster, postcard, screensaver and your name on the website!

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    ... and you can join us for four days of riding in the country of your choice! It's like your own private photo/bicycle tour/workshop! We'll make photographs of the sights, meet new people, and fill up on local cuisine to help us power over the hills. It'll be a once-in-a-lifetime adventure- you set the pace and we promise to make it fun! You might even convince us to carry some of your gear for you. Bragging rights included. (Please note: you will be responsible for your flights and expenses). PLUS the limited edition archival pigment print, postcards from the road, Skype/phone call, homemade map kit, poster, postcard, screensaver and your name on the website!

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    ... and you'll receive a one-of-a-kind, signed polaroid from every country we ride through. That means at the end of the trip, if we've been through 50 countries, you'll have a collection of 100 signed polaroids from all over the world. PLUS the four day tour, limited edition archival pigment print, postcards from the road, Skype/phone call, homemade map kit, poster, postcard, screensaver and your name on the website!

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