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Our books provide inspiration and guides for car-free trips to places usually considered inaccessible without a car--via foot, bike, and transit.
Our books provide inspiration and guides for car-free trips to places usually considered inaccessible without a car--via foot, bike, and transit.
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Post-Car Adventuring Guidebooks feature trips and how-to information published via both print and online media.

Our project redefines basic assumptions and ideas about outdoor recreation and travel. Post-Car guidebooks provide an alternative to standard guides that only include freeway and highway-based driving directions to reach trailheads, campsites, parks, and other destinations.


The trips detailed and described in our books provide inspiration and ideas for car-free trips to areas commonly thought be to inaccessible without a personal automobile.


Our first title, Post-Car Adventuring the San Francisco Bay Area, was self-printed, distributed, and sold more than one hundred copies in independent San Francisco bookstores. We are now building upon this early success while still keeping creative and intellectual control over our research and publications. This is where you can most help us today.


We are seeking funds to research, print, publicize, and distribute a revised, second edition of the the Bay Area guide and to kickstart Post-Car Adventuring Guidebooks for Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, New York City and Green River, Utah in collaboration with local, independent travelers and adventurers. These guidebooks are a non-profit endeavor and we will be pricing all of our books to sell and re-investing the revenue in guidebooks for more cities and regions.


We need to raise $6500 to pay for:


1. Printing 1000 copies of the Bay Area guidebook.
2. Research and printing (1000 copies) of a second title in the series (Seattle, Portland, LA, or NYC)
3. Publicity and distribution costs.
4. Paying contributors for their time and efforts.


With this one-time fund raising effort, Post-Car Press will become a self-sufficient, sustainable, independent press with the ability to continuously release titles at the intersection of publishing, design, and advocacy by continually re-investing profits from book sales back into the press.


As a practice and means of travel, we began 'post-car adventuring' two years ago to synthesize the principles of bicycle touring and hiking (sometimes even just plain old walking!) with the use of transit (buses, trains, ferries) to make 'active transportation' and travel more of an everyday (or at least every weekend!) experience. Post-Car Adventuring Guidebooks enable persons already using public transportation in their cities and towns to extend its application beyond its normal bounds and encourages those who find themselves frustratingly reliant on their cars in cities and suburbs to imagine other possibilities


The point of the Post-Car Adventuring Guidebooks series is to share our experiences, passion, and knowledge about this mode of travel and to foster and develop a culture of travel via foot, bicycle and public transportation.

Please join us in these efforts, and thank you for your support!

- Kelly & Justin

Check out the graphic that we're printing on our poster and water bottle rewards (see right) here!

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    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    Pledge just $5 and we'll send you two PDFs of trips from our Post-Car Adventuring the San Francisco Bay Area guidebook.

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    Pledge $10 and we'll send you a collectible Amtrak postcard and list your name on our
    'Backers Page' at www.postcarpress.org. You'll also receive each of the above rewards.

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    Pledge $16 and you'll receive a Post-Car Press spoke card featuring our 'Car Camping is Over' design.

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    Pledge $20 or more About $20

    Pledge $20 and we'll send you your choice of an electronic copy of the revised, second edition of Post-Car Adventuring the San Francisco Bay Area (2010), PCA Seattle, PCA Portland, PCA Los Angeles, or PCA Green River (forthcoming). Plus all of the above.

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    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    Pledge $25 and you're going on a trip! Tell us where you want to go, anywhere in the U.S., and the Post-Car Travel agency will put together a trip with all the details (schedules, side trips, etc.) to meet your schedule, budget, and preferred modes of post-car travel. Maybe you're just curious how to get to a park in your city via transit, or maybe you want to ride the train cross country to visit a National Park. It's up to you. We'll do all the planning and research and send you a well-designed itinerary to get you started post-car adventuring! Plus you get all of the above.

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    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    Pledge $50 and receive a hardcopy of the new, revised edition of Post-Car Adventuring the San Francisco Bay Area (2010) and a limited edition, Post-Car Press 'Car Camping is Over! (If You Want It)' water bottle + all of the above, including the personalized trip itinerary for anywhere in the US!

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    Pledge $100 and receive a screen printed Post-Car Press poster, water bottle, and all of the above.

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    Pledge $150 and we'll send you a beautifully drawn, vintage Amtrak poster, Post-Car Press poster, water bottle, plus everything else.

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    Pledge $350 or more About $350

    Pledge $350 or more and we'll help you plan a trip to anywhere in California on one of Amtrak California's three excellent, on-time trains (Pacific Surfliner, Capitol Corridor, and San Joaquin) and extensive motorcoach connections. We'll even pay for one leg of your trip! Not sure where you'd like to go? We've got some great suggestions--from hot springs in the wilderness, to southern California beaches, to the redwoods of Humboldt County. (Don't forget to take your p-c press waterbottle and Post-Car adventuring the San Francisco Bay Area guidebook.)

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    Pledge $650 or more and we'll not only help you plan and pay for a great trip in California, but we'll plan a trip and pay for your ticket (one way) between any two stations on the California Zephyr train that connects San Francisco, CA to Chicago, IL by way of the Sierras, Nevada and Utah deserts, the Rockies, and the Great Plains. We'd love to talk to you--you really get what we are trying to do--let's do dinner. Our treat.

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