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WE WERE LIKE SONS is a memoir about a coast-to-coast cycling tour that followed a year-long pilgrimage through therapy.
WE WERE LIKE SONS is a memoir about a coast-to-coast cycling tour that followed a year-long pilgrimage through therapy.
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Hey friends! This is a campaign to raise funds to print my first book, We Were Like Sons. Let me tell you all about it!

Almost seven years ago I rode my bike from California to New York City with my best friend Les, and as you might imagine, it was a trip I'll never forget. 

Outskirts of Monument Valley, Utah
Outskirts of Monument Valley, Utah

We saw and experienced so much. Everything from the Colorado Rockies, the Great Plains, the Appalachians, and the utter enormity of New York City. Even more than the sights, though, were the people we met along the way. If you had told me that two post-college dudes could be put up by strangers almost every night of their journey across America, I would have laughed at you.

Joe, Les, Aaron, and Tim—Gunnison, CO
Joe, Les, Aaron, and Tim—Gunnison, CO
Les, Fran, Jason, and Aaron—Charleston, WV
Les, Fran, Jason, and Aaron—Charleston, WV
Aaron, Iris, Rick, and Les—Colorado Springs, CO
Aaron, Iris, Rick, and Les—Colorado Springs, CO

But it happened. Les said it best while we were leaving a host's house in Colorado Springs: "Aaron, we were like sons to those people." 

I really thought so too.


Personally, I've always wanted to become an author, and the idea of writing a book about the U.S. tour sounded incredible. So, I started practicing, and all the while started taking more bicycling tours to keep the sensations fresh. 

Finally, about a year and a half ago, I hit an amazing stride and the manuscript about flew from my mind onto my pages. I wrote and wrote and wrote! 

As of the beginning of this year, We Were Like Sons was finally complete. 

It's a narrative about adventure, yes. But it's also a memoir about finding identity, dealing with heartbreak, childhood fistfights, and other good stuff. I promise you won't be disappointed. 

Risks and challenges

I am choosing to self-publish this book. In short, this means that I have contracted my own editors, proofreaders, designers, pr personnel, and production team. Logistically, this means that we have a lot of up-front costs before the book can finally be printed, shipped, and into yours and my hands.

I'm asking for $5,250, and this is the minimum I need in order to completely self-publish 500 copies. Every cent of what we're trying to raise will go right back into making this book. The only risk is that if we can't raise enough money, We Were Like Sons can't be made. Period.

I've come up with a ton of fun prizes, including bike tune-ups, bike tours, posters, bookmarks, t-shirts, and plenty more, and I am ALL IN! If you pledge for it, you will get it!

I sincerely hope you'll join me as this tour continues. I honestly hope it never ends!

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    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    THE FAN-FIVE:

    Receive an official We Were Like Sons bookmark
    + the promise of an excellent high-five should our paths ever cross!

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    THE ADVOCATE:

    Receive a first edition paperback copy of We Were Like Sons.

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    THE LTD. COLLECTOR:

    Receive a limited release, first edition HARDCOVER copy of We Were Like Sons
    + limited release “broadside” poster with signed message from Aaron on the back

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    THE COLLABORATOR:

    Receive a limited edition LOVE NAIL TREE | We Were Like Sons collaboration t-shirt
    + receive a first edition paperback copy of We Were Like Sons.

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    THE CYCLIST:

    Receive a full-service bike tune-up
    + We Were Like Sons spoke card
    + receive a first edition paperback copy of We Were Like Sons.

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    THE BIKE 'N BREW (Aaron's personal favorite):

    Take a day ride with other “Bike ‘n brew” supporters in Portland (Oregon), along with a free adult beverage on Aaron!
    + everything from “THE CYCLIST” tier.

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    THE WEEKENDER:

    Take a three-day bike tour with other “Weekender” supporters starting in Portland (Oregon) led by Aaron
    + everything from “THE CYCLIST” tier

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    THE CRITICAL MASS:

    Your name mentioned in the book as a “Critical Mass Backer”
    + receive a first edition paperback copy of We Were Like Sons
    + your choice of two of the following We Were Like Sons prizes:
    a) a special edition collection of short fiction stories by the author;
    b) bookmark;
    c) limited release “broadside” poster;
    d) spoke card.

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    THE ADVENTURER (Aaron's other personal favorite):

    Take a week-long bike tour with other “Adventurer” supporters starting in Portland (Oregon) led by Aaron
    + everything from “THE CYCLIST” tier
    + your name mentioned in the book as an “Critical Mass Backer”

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    THE LIFER:

    Oh me—oh my! Take a bike tour up to six weeks long over the summer of 2015 (anywhere in the U.S.) with one of your friends and other “Lifer” supporters, led by Aaron
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