Our real names are Ryan and Jonathan. Together we're Clarence and Claude.
Clarence and Claude is a collection of projects that we're working on as we cycle around the US. The actual Clarence and Claude were two men that cycled to every state & territory in the country back in 1904. A large part of our decision to cycle, as well as our trips' route, was inspired by them.
The first project we're working on is "Spoke Meals."
As we set out on our bikes to explore the US , we're in search of stories. We've found that many of our conversations happen around food. What we're hoping to do is experience meals with people all over the United States, hear their stories, and document them to be shared with others.
We're going to do this through an e-book and printed book. The book's ingredients will include recipes from our favorite meals along the trip, and the narratives around them. What "Spoke Meals" hopes to do is look at what people are eating, as well as the culture behind the meals.
~Who are people eating with and why?
~How are they preparing the food?
~What's the tradition behind the meal/recipe?
~What is being talked about during the meal, and what do those conversations show us about our hosts' lives, values, and beliefs?
Ultimately, the recipes and stories shared while cycling the country will help us better understand its cultural landscape.
How can you get involved?
There are two ways:
The first...we need content. If you'd like to share a meal or a special recipe with us, and if you're near or along our route or know someone who is, we'd love to stop by and document the experience in whatever way you feel comfortable with.
*** Please note that there are no restrictions on what these "meals" have to look like. Listen below for details!***
The other way to get involved is to back our project. We've put together some awesome Kickbacks for your support including shared recipes from the trip, an e-book with extra media content and a printed book itself.
Your funding will support the creation of the actual book, unexpected costs that might arise as we cycle from place to place and finally our ability to contribute to the meals. Our goal is not to eat for free, but to contribute to the meal what we can so it truly can be shared.
The Breakdown of Funds
Our Kickstarter goal for this adventure is $3,000.
What specifically will the funds be used for?
We want to be able to contribute in any way possible, including donating the remainder of our daily budget to the preparation or funding of the meals.
Some of the funds will go to strengthen our current budget for things such as: toiletries, replacement bike parts, bug spray, sunscreen, etc. We're also saving in case of equipment theft or damage (we hope this never happens!).
We will need to cover the costs of printing and publishing the book. We're going to use a self-publishing platform to create both the e-book and hard copy. Shipping costs have also been taken into account.
We're really excited to learn more about our country and its people.
Thank you so much for your time, we look forward to sharing our adventure with you!
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming – “WOW – What a Ride!” -Anon.
The most obvious risk involved in our project is the biking. We'll be cycling on roads unknown to us with cars and trucks at our side. We've both owned and been riding bikes as our main source of transportation for the past 2 years.
However, we've never gone on a cycling trip of this magnitude.
We understand the danger, but our passions for film, writing and sharing stories far outweighs this to us.
The more we know about cultures different from our own, the more likely we are to understand them. And the more people understand one another, the less likely they are to hurt one another with their words or actions.
This belief alone has allowed us to consolidate our material lives, leave our social comfort zones and follow our passions.