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Three generations of Taylor men, one in an urn, trying to go home.

About this project

WE JUST REACHED OUR FIRST GOAL! Thank you to everyone that has already contributed.  To set the record straight, we are still aiming for a much larger goal, so don't let the 100% fool you. Every person that continues to contribute will be pushing us closer to our first stretch goal, and hopefully our SECOND STRETCH GOAL. 

WE MADE THE NEWS (3x's): Please read these article published in 

The Norfolk Daily News - http://goo.gl/RbjYTZ 

The Omaha World Herald - https://tinyurl.com/osgdvby 

The Traverse City Record Eagle - https://tinyurl.com/opdr6ef

Back Story: My grandfather lived in the Amazon jungle for most of his life, working with a stone-age tribe called the "Pacaas Novos". My father was born in Bolivia and spent most of his childhood just outside of Manaus, Brazil. Did I mention I was born in Mexico, and consider myself more Hispanic than Caucasian. This trip is a homecoming of sorts. We will travel through my home-country of Mexico, en route to my dad's home-country of Brazil, to spread the ashes of his dad (my grandfather) in the jungle village and among the people that he served.

As we started dreaming about what this trip could become, ideas poured in from every angle.  This is a homecoming. This is a father & son reconnecting. This is an international, multi-continent motorcycle road trip. All of this combined with the knowledge that my grandfather will have his ashes spread in the Amazon jungle.

A trip of this magnitude will not be an easy undertaking. Fuel alone will cost close to $2,400 - while meals, lodging, visas, and equipment might come in even higher than that, and we still have to fly home! The total cost for two-three people (my father and myself, as well as a possible videographer) will likely total $10,000 before any complications.

So why $3,500? If we raise this amount of money, we are going to strap 4 Go-Pro cameras to our helmets and motorcycles, film the entire trip, and make a documentary for the ages.  However, as the video states, we are planning several stretch goals along the way. Let me explain:

Stretch Goal 1: $7,000 - at this level, we are able to do the story justice.  Have you seen "The Motorcycle Diaries" about Che Guevara? That story deserved to be told, and we are all better because of it.  I feel the same about this trip. If we raise $7000, we will be able to bring a dedicated videographer, edit the footage more extensively, and make an amazing documentary.

Stretch Goal 2: $12,000 - we will call this the "Film Festival Circuit" level.  At $12,000 we are able to raise the funds needed to film the whole thing, AND still have money left over for post-production excellence.  We will hire an editor to add the quality necessary to enter this film into local and national film festivals.  We want this story told, and we think it deserves it.  Let's reach this goal! As an added bonus to our backers, if we reach this stretch goal, everyone $30 level and above will receive a digital or hard copy of the documentary.

Risks and challenges

This could be a very long section. Luckily, trips like this have happened before, and every one of them is made only better by the complications that arise from the unknown. What we DO know is that the largest risks will happen during the 4 week trip.

Our bikes could break down, slowing the trip down, causing us to fly home before ever reaching our destination.

Our footage could get lost or damaged along the way. (We will upload it every opportunity we get along the way, as internet connections allow.)

We could be kidnapped by hostile guerrilla militia. I don't know what to say here. If this happens, we're screwed.

A country could deny us entry or confiscate our bikes and production equipment. This is a very real danger, and we are drafting letters to request permission from each government to have on hand as situations arise.

In every situation, we are prepared to live on less, make ends meet, brainstorm a solution, and ultimately arrive in Brazil in time for our flights home (aaaand, not so peripherally, just in time to catch a World Cup game *goooooaaaal* in Brazil as well!).

A huge factor in our favor is that both my dad and I speak fluent Spanish, and my dad speaks Portuguese. For the win!

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    THANKS! We will keep you updated on the progress of our trip and notify you when the documentary is released!

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    You receive our updates, as well as a postcard from your country of choice on our journey. Your choices will be Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Columbia, & Brazil.

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    You get everything from the $10 level, as well as a custom t-shirt, designed by local artists specifically for this project. This t-shirt will not be your average cotton throw-away. In addition, if we hit our 2nd stretch goal, you receive a digital or hard copy of the documentary.

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    You get everything from the $30 level, and the t-shirt comes signed by my dad and me.

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    You get EVERYTHING from the $35 level (you can choose signed or unsigned t-shirt), and tickets to the premier of the documentary. You will also get mentioned in the credits of the film as a major backer!

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    You get EVERYTHING from the $50 level, and we will take a disposable camera on the trip and only you will get to see the pictures. This unique option is only available to 5 backers, and they will have the option of submitting their photos to be included in the documentary.

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    The first $100 rewards were taken very quickly, so I decided to open a new reward level. You get EVERYTHING from the $50 level, and a Brazilian World Cup memento (of your choice - or I can surprise you). This unique option is only available to 5 backers. (Includes: emails, postcard, signed t-shirt, tickets, & a World Cup memento!)

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    WOW, this is a popular level. The first $100 rewards were taken very quickly, the second $100 rewards went even faster, so I've opened a third one with no limits. You get EVERYTHING from the $50 level, AND an annotated flip book made from photographs taken along the way. (Includes: emails, postcard, signed t-shirt, tickets, & a flip-book!)

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    This is the WINNER-TAKES-ALL level. At this level you get the email updates, the postcard sent from your country of choice, the signed (or unsigned) locally designed T-shirt, tickets to the premier with your name in the credits, a disposable camera AND an 12x18 (or size of your choice) print of the documentary cover-art, signed by the team. Just for fun, we will also name our motorcycles after you (or you can pick your own name).

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    The first $200 rewards were taken very quickly, so I've opened up a new level here as well. This is the WINNER-TAKES-ALL level. At this level you get the email updates, the postcard sent from your country of choice, the signed (or unsigned) locally designed T-shirt, tickets to the premier with your name in the credits, a Brazilian World Cup memento, AND a 12x18 (or size of your choice) print of the documentary cover-art, signed by the team.

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    WOW, this is a popular level. The first $200 rewards were taken very quickly, the second $200 rewards went even faster, so I've opened up a new level here as well. This is the WINNER-TAKES-ALL level. At this level you get the email updates, the postcard sent from your country of choice, the signed (or unsigned) locally designed T-shirt, tickets to the premier with your name in the credits, an annotated flip-book, AND a 12x18 (or size of your choice) print of the documentary cover-art, signed by the team.

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    This is not for the faint of heart. You can pick and choose any or none of the lower levels, but at this level, you are buying one of our motorcycles that we then donate to a person in need when we reach South America. This is the gift that keeps on giving.

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