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1 American,1 Canadian,join to ride a 4 person bike across Canada to create a documentary highlighting fun in learning about new culture
1 American,1 Canadian,join to ride a 4 person bike across Canada to create a documentary highlighting fun in learning about new culture
108 backers pledged $13,726 to help bring this project to life.

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In April 2013 Canadian Shannon Hutchison and American Caley Fox are leaving from St.Johns Newfoundland Canada to undertake a journey in discovering the identity of Canadians by biking a 4 person bike from the east to west coast of Canada.  This journey is all about different nationalities working together, learning about each others cultures, and finding the kindness in strangers.  It is also very much about having fun and doing crazy things along the way while being environmentally friendly!!  We will be riding a 4 person bike, pulling a home made rickshaw in the hopes that Canadians will help us bike our contraption while convincing Caley that Canada truly is a unique country from his own!  We will encounter poutine (Caley is still wondering what this is all about), timbits (he also has no clue about this one), ringette (he thinks this one is basketball on ice), and curling (many Canadian things). 

Throughout our journey we will be producing weekly video clips which will later be turned into a full documentary.  We will also be taking photographs and documenting the stories of people we meet along the way, which will later be turned into a beautiful book.  This is where you come in - your money will go to fund our trip (from the home made bike contraption all the way to the video equipment) and make it possible to produce this book and documentary video in the end.  Our goal is set at the minimum amount it will cost to get us across.  If we achieve over this goal we will be able to diversify the video footage and pay for even crazier experiences along the way. 

We strongly believe in the beauty of cultures working together, learning from each other, and growing because of these experiences.  We cannot do this without your support and appreciate every donation small or big to make this happen. Your donations will supply us with extra video equipment, will allow us to video different Canadian fun but money costing activities, like bob sledding in Calgary, it will allow us to purchase our Whompus Mobile, as well as much more!

Thank you so much,

Caley and Shannon

Risks and challenges

First off, we realize that biking across a rather large country is a big thing to take on. We both have been doing a whole lot of training to prepare for this. As well, we are giving ourselves ample time (5.5 months) in case injuries occur. And, if all else fails - there is the bench in the back if need be! We already have a number of riders who are going to meet us along the way in case we do not come across willing stranger participants.
We both have a background in editing videos and realize the amount of work that will go into this. We are going to be editing as we go, and backing up like crazy!! This will make the process much quicker when we get home. If problems do occur we are both very experienced to trouble shoot and keep going. The book is something we are also both very experienced in. We have access to custom book making equipment and a book maker that has done 50000 book jobs before. We have back up plans behind that as well if need be.

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    Any reward will get you a viewing of our final documentary project!

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    A thank you on our Whomp of a website!

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    A postcard sent from your Whomp team on some point along the trip and a thank you on our Whompin website.

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    Musicians: This reward is for all of you that want a little exposure! Get one of your songs used in one or more of our videos!! We want to help out artists like ourselves!

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    If you are living in St.Louis or Calgary, a whomp nation t-shirt, thank you on the website, and a viewing of the documentary DVD when it comes out!!

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    The postcard pack attack. Choose 4 unsuspecting recipients to receive postcards along the way. You can even include what to say (if appropriate..). Ambush your friends to play a practical joke, or people you care about if you go the nice way with these kind of things! (Of course a thank you on our website as well!)

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    A signed limited edition 16x10 photo from our trip - you will get to choose from a selection, as well as a thank you on the whomp of a website.

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    Receive a 5x7 landscape shot of our favorite picks from each province. (That is 10 inspiring images showing the beautiful landscape)

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    Immortalize yourself! Receive our amazing documentary DVD with your name as a thank you in the credits for all to see! (and yes, you guessed it, also a thank on our website of the whomp)

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    Name one of the bikes! It could be named in honour of a person, for a company, or just something silly (must be appropriate for the children though!). We will place the name visibly on the bike. Of course, a thank you on the whomp of the website.

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    Want to ride into your town/city in style? Want to have everyone look up to you and look like the real star you are?! This reward will have you riding into your town/city on the whompus mobile like no one ever has. Your town/city must be located along the transcanada highway. There is a limit of 1 per city, will let you know below if someone is already pimp riding into your town! Right now, all places are open! We will notify you a week before we get to your town. Can also be given as a gift for someone who needs a pick me up!

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    Be a sponsor for one of our weekly whomp videos (you can have a choice in the theme)! Have your logo or name at the beginning and end of the video. The video will come out some time along our trip - themes you may support would be a video where we feature ringette, curling, fly fishing, and much more! (guess what? Also, a thank you on our website!)

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    A 1 hour photo session of your choosing with disc of images included. This is limited to 2 per city of cities along the transcanada highway or within an hour of St.Louis. We will let you know here if your city has been filled yet. Right now, all cities are open for business! We will hand you your disc before we leave the city so timing will depend when we get into town. This can make a great gift as well!

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    A one time only 100 page book of beautiful pictures of people we meet along the way supported with quotes and stories. A personal thank you note will be written in the book (as well as on the whomptastic website).

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    Receive both the beautiful exclusive book of portraits, photos, and stories of people we meet along the way and our final documentary (a thank you on the website is also included).

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    Show off your company name in style, (also could be a personal name or just a funny name - must be child friendly) on the rickshaw for all of Canada to see! This space will be set aside for 1x1 ft space on the side of our flashy rickshaw!! Will be seen along the Trans Canada as well as in many videos and photos along the way! Obviously a thank you on the website as well, obviously!

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    Have the time of your life on a 4 person bike for 5 days during our trip! Sit and enjoy the sites or help us out with pedalling here or there! Watch us struggle, argue, and sweat, plus be part of some fun when we are stopped and enjoying the sites! (Drink, food, and accommodation not included, must find your way to and from the rickshaw).

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    This is the full package deal - An IPAD containing our final video, plus extra clips, our final book in digital format, plus hundreds of photos from our journey. As well as a thank you in our book, on our website, as well as our video.

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    Be an executive producer of our film (the best part is you can be as involved or not involved as you like!) Show that you believe in cultures working together, in learning about each other, and in having a whole lot of fun whole doing it! We cannot do this without your support and strongly believe you would be supporting something that really matters in todays global community! This includes thank you's all over the place!

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