15-year-old cyclist, Sam Rukeyser, takes us on a 3,800 mile ride from coast to coast, and films a documentary about his experiences. Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on March 3, 2014.
About this project
This summer, as I ride across the United States on my bicycle, I plan to film a documentary with your help. This documentary will serve as a medium to record and share my experiences with my future self, family, friends, and my Kickstarter supporters. Your support will help me cover the costs of the trip, cycling gear, video equipment, and everything else that is involved in cycling across a continent.
In this documentary, I will cover the essence of American life, and my experiences as a touring cyclist. I also hope to document the moments I share with the incredible people I am sure to meet along the way.
As a 15-year old, I have been riding a bike for the majority of my life.
To those who aren’t familiar with the sport, bicycle tours are self-contained cycling trips over long distances. Speed doesn’t play an important role. The cyclist usually will sleep in tents, and carry all gear on the back of a bike.
This cycling passion of mine has taken me to some pretty incredible places. I have toured through New York (my beautiful home state), Vermont, Washington, and British Columbia. I have fallen in love with the sport, and everything about it.
When I first heard about riding across America from a friend, I knew it was something I eventually had to do. I have trained, done longer rides, and am finally ready. This summer, I will cycle for 3,800 miles over the course of 56 days, which will take me from Portland, Oregon, to NYC.
Risks and challenges
Cycling across America is no easy feat. There are bound to be days when I am tired, injured, thirsty, hungry, and just want to give up.
I have made a commitment to myself, and now to the Kickstarter community. I am doing this trip, and will finish it—no matter what happens. When I was contemplating doing this trip, I was reminded of a famous quote by one of my idols and favorite presidents:
“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty."
This trip is, without a doubt, the most challenging thing I have ever set out to do in my life. I want to bring you along and introduce you to the people I meet, show you the places I see, and have you watch as I follow my dream. Let's ride!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
As of now, we aim to release the documentary via the internet (YouTube, Vimeo, and other platforms). We are definitely open minded to screening at certain theaters, though!
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