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Be a part our toddler totin’ team as we film our attempt to break a world record by riding 6,000 miles on an electric bicycle.
Be a part our toddler totin’ team as we film our attempt to break a world record by riding 6,000 miles on an electric bicycle.
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WHO WE ARE

We are a family of four that has just completed a year-long, 25,000 mile journey driving from South to North America in a small pickup. Many have come to know us through our blog and Facebook and Instagram accounts as Camper Clan, and you may have read about us in the news here or heard our interview podcast here. After achieving this feat (and getting tired of traveling by car), we decided to tackle an even bigger obstacle: to break the World Record for the longest electric bicycle journey!

We believe that there should not be fracture between work and play, between family and a job or between free time and busy time. This will be our final project to prove that a family working together can achieve anything they set their sights on, that we CAN live the dream, and at the same time promote a lifestyle that will leave a better world to future generations.

WHY WE ARE BIKING ACROSS AMERICA

1. We want to promote sustainable transportation. The world's current reliance on gas-powered vehicles is poisoning our planet. Nitrogen dioxide, a toxic gas, is produced when fossil fuels are burned. In urban areas harmful automotive emissions cause 50-90% of nitrogen oxide pollution, which is now widely found in our atmosphere. Electric bikes are a viable alternative to gas-powered vehicles, and can replace your need for a car 50% of the time. Electric bicycles are powered by rechargeable batteries, and even when factoring in the electricity sources needed to charge them, e-bikes are cleaner. They are even cleaner than electric cars, as they require only 1/10 of the power to charge their smaller batteries. If we can reduce the amount of times we use our car, it would go a long way towards cleaning up the air we breathe.

2. We want to promote a healthier lifestyle for Americans. Americans are more obese than ever, and it seems like all the fad diets and workouts aren't changing this. It's time to make a change in our lifestyle. If we can add a little more exercise into our daily lives we can go a long way towards creating a healthier population. According to the 2009 National Household Survey, half of all trips are less than 3 miles. You don't need a car to go 3 miles - but you might need some extra help getting up that hill, taking your kids to school, or hauling the groceries. This is where an electric-powered bike can make a big difference.

THE RECORD

The current record for the longest motorized bicycle trip is held by a cyclist who crossed Canada in 2012 and journeyed 4,176.23 miles. Our record-breaking attempt will be over 6,000 miles long and will start in Missoula, Montana in Mid-August 2014 and end in sunny southern Florida - and we hope to complete this attempt in less than 6 months!

THE ROUTE

We'll be passing through 23 states - from Montana to Maine, then south to the tip of Florida
We'll be passing through 23 states - from Montana to Maine, then south to the tip of Florida

Our epic journey will begin in August 2014 at the foot of the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains and at the beginning of the Great Plains (we had our fill of tall mountains crossing the Andes three times!). We'll follow US Highway 2, which leads to the I-94 corridor and then the Mississippi river - which we'll cross - then circle south of the Great Lakes and up through the Northeast until we reach Bar Harbor, Maine. From there, we'll head south through the New England countryside, crossing the Mason-Dixon line, then continuing down to Florida, ending our record ride in Key West.

THE BIKES

We'll be using 2 bikes. One for Tomas to ride with one of our kids (alternating them) to break the record and one for Dylan to ride when we find friends to drive our support vehicle for awhile. Both bikes are garage found used bikes that we are converting to electric assist ourselves to keep the cost of the project down.

THE FILM

We are going to document our family adventure every step of the way - from the moments of glory, to the daily struggles of raising kids on the go, to the inevitable behind-the-scenes family drama and the challenges we face to achieve our ultimate goal. We promise to deliver to our supporters a film that will inspire you not just because we will achieve something great against the odds - it will inspire you because we'll show you another way of living. We'll show you that ANYTHING is possible.

THE REWARDS

These miniature muñecas quita-pena - or "worry dolls" are available at the $50 pledge level. We bought them from artisans in Guatemala during our yearlong trans-america drive.
These miniature muñecas quita-pena - or "worry dolls" are available at the $50 pledge level. We bought them from artisans in Guatemala during our yearlong trans-america drive.
At the $100 pledge level, you get this adorable t-shirt designed by us, available in child through adult sizes!
At the $100 pledge level, you get this adorable t-shirt designed by us, available in child through adult sizes!

We are offering a variety of rewards that will be available at very different timeframes. The $10 level - a simple, heartfelt "thank you" - will be delivered at the close of the campaign if our project is funded. The $25 reward includes a link to watch the finished film online, which we estimate to be complete by October 2015 to allow time for filming and editing the movie. Each higher reward level includes all the rewards from the lower reward levels so although the delivery date may say October 2015 (because that is when the movie will be ready) you will receive the additional rewards as they become available (with the exception of the quita-pena doll, as this is only available for the $50 reward level). We will ship the quita-pena dolls at the close of the campaign as well, and the additional rewards will be shipped once we complete our journey (between March and June 2015), with the exception of the DVD, which will be shipped when the finished movie is complete, in October of 2015.

HOW THE FUNDS WILL BE USED

For our world record attempt, we will be funding most of the trip with our own savings, but need help to get new equipment such as new cameras, tripods, a microphone, a laptop, external storage, and video editing software.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

We want you to be a part of our project - check out our fantastic rewards and if you can, pledge your support for our record-breaking film! Even if you can't give money at this time, share our campaign with your friends and help us get the word out by clicking the social media buttons on this page. We could never have completed our last trip without our supporters cheering us on, and we know this trip will be the same! So at the very least, like our page on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest, and follow our story on our blog! **** Please share our project with your friends via Facebook, twitter or while you're having beers at the bar!

***Music for the film will be generously provided by Ten Skip Stone and Dodgy Mountain Men.

***If anyone is interested in building an electric bicycle like we did, I recommend checking out Micah Toll's campaign, which is offering conversion kits, a how-to book, and a video course. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1354698863/barak-electric-bicycle-conversion-kit-electrify-yo

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SPANISH BELOW ---- ESPAÑOL AQUI

Se parte de nuestro equipo de jardín de infantes mientras filmamos nuestro intento de romper un récord mundial andando 10,000 kilómetros en una bicicleta eléctrica. 

QUIENES SOMOS 
Somos una familia de cuatro que acaba de terminar un viaje de 40,000 kilómetros de un año yendo de Sud a Norte América en una pequeña camioneta. Muchos nos conocen a través de nuestro blog y cuentas de FacebookInstagram como Camper Clan. Por ahí han leído o escuchado sobre nosotros en las noticias o entrevistas de podcast (aqui van los links). Después de lograr esta hazaña (y cansados de viajar en coche), decidimos enfrentar un obstáculo aún mayor: romper el récord mundial del viaje en bicicleta eléctrica más largo jamás realizado! 


EL RÉCORD
El récord actual para el viaje más largo de bicicleta motorizada está en manos de un ciclista que cruzó Canadá en 2012 y viajó 6,721 kilómetros. Nuestro intento de récord será de más de 10,000 kilómetros de largo y se iniciará en Missoula, Montana, y terminará en la soleada Florida - y esperamos completar este intento en menos de 6 meses! 

LA RUTA 
Pasaremos a través de 23 estados - desde Montana hasta Maine, luego hacia el sur hasta la punta de Florida

Nuestro viaje épico comenzará al pie de la vertiente oriental de las Montañas Rocallosas y al comienzo de las Grandes Llanuras (ya tuvimos nuestra ración de alta montañas cruzando los Andes tres veces). Iremos por la Highway 2, que va a la I-94 y luego el río Mississippi (que cruzaremos). Entonces vamos a rodear los Grandes Lagos por el sur y hacia arriba a través del noreste hasta llegar a Bar Harbor, Maine. Desde allí, nos dirigiremos al sur a través de la campiña de Nueva Inglaterra, cruzando la línea Mason-Dixon, continuando luego a Florida, terminando nuestro viaje récord en Key West. 

LAS BICICLETAS 
Usaremos 2 bicicletas. Una para que Tomás viaje con uno de nuestros hijos (que irán alternando) para romper el récord y una para Dylan para usar cuando nos encontramos con amigos que conduzcan el vehículo de apoyo por un rato. Ambas bicicletas van a ser recicladas y nosotros mismos las convertiremos a asistencia eléctrica para mantener bajo el costo del proyecto. 

LA PELÍCULA 
Vamos a documentar nuestra aventura en familia a cada paso del camino - desde los momentos de gloria, a las luchas cotidianas de criar a los niños en el camino, con el drama familiar inevitable detrás de escena y de los desafíos que enfrentamos para lograr nuestro objetivo último. Nos comprometemos a ofrecer a nuestros seguidores una película que no inspire sólo porque vamos a lograr algo grandioso en contra de las probabilidades - sino que los inspire porque les mostraremos otra forma de vivir. Le mostraremos que todo es posible. 

LAS RECOMPENSAS 

Estamos ofreciendo una variedad de premios que estarán disponibles a muy diferentes momentos. El nivel de $ 10 - un simple, sincero "gracias" - será entregado al término de la campaña (si se financia nuestro proyecto). La recompensa de $25 incluye un enlace para ver la película terminada en línea, que se estima será completada antes de octubre de 2015 para dar tiempo a la filmación y la edición de la película. Cada nivel de recompensa superior incluye todos los beneficios de los niveles más bajos de recompensa por lo que aunque la fecha de entrega puede decir 10/2015 (ya que es cuando la película estará lista) recibirá las recompensas adicionales a medida que estén disponibles (con la excepción de la muñeca quita-pena, ya que esta sólo está disponible para el nivel de recompensa de $50). Vamos a enviar las muñecas quita-pena al cierre de la campaña, y las recompensas adicionales serán enviadas una vez que completemos nuestro viaje, con la excepción de los DVD, que será enviado cuando la película esté terminada en octubre de 2015 . 

CÓMO SERÁN USADOS LOS FONDOS 
Para nuestro intento de romper un récord mundial, estaremos financiando la mayor parte del viaje con nuestros propios ahorros, pero necesitamos ayuda para comprar nuevos equipos, como las nuevas cámaras, trípodes, un micrófono, un ordenador portátil, almacenamiento externo y el software de edición de vídeo. 

CÓMO PUEDES AYUDAR 
Queremos que seas parte de nuestro proyecto - echa un vistazo a nuestros fantásticos premios y si puedes, danos tu apoyo para hacer esta película sin precedentes! Incluso si no puedes ayudar con dinero en este momento, ayúdanos compartiendo nuestra campaña con tus amigos y danos una mano corriendo la voz y haciendo clic en los botones de medios sociales en esta página. Nunca podríamos haber terminado nuestro último viaje sin el ánimo que nos dieron nuestros seguidores, y sabemos que en este viaje va a ser lo mismo! Así que, por lo menos, sigue nuestra historia en nuestro blog! al igual que nuestra página en Facebook, Instagram y Pinterest, y Por favor, comparte nuestro proyecto con tus amigos a través de Facebook, Twitter o mientras estás tomando cervezas en el bar! 

Música para la película será generosamente proporcionado por Ten Skip Stone y Dodgy Mountain Men. 

RIESGOS Y DESAFÍOS
Nosotros no somos ajenos a la toma de riesgos y hemos demostrado que podemos y vamos a superar desafíos como una familia. Nuestro viaje reciente de un año de duración en coche desde América del Sur a América del Norte era un objetivo enorme para nuestra familia y nos enfrentamos a retos y riesgos cada día - enfrentamos problemas en carreteras desiertas navegamos a través de las ciudades caóticas. Nuestro activo más importante es nuestro equipo y sabemos que juntos podemos resolver cualquier problema, grande o pequeño. 

Cuando estás dispuesto a lograr un gran objetivo (cómo romper un récord mundial) estás asumiendo un reto que nadie más en el mundo ha logrado. Así que hay un riesgo inherente a nuestro proyecto y es el riesgo de no ser capaces de lograr nuestro objetivo y romper el récord mundial. Pero basados en nuestra experiencia pasada, está a la vista que no nos damos por vencidos fácilmente. 

Sin importar el resultado, nos comprometemos a mantener las cámaras rodando y entregar una película única e inspiradora que documente nuestro intento de batir un récord mundial. 

"Cuando la adversidad golpea, es cuando usted tiene que estar más tranquilo. Dar un paso atrás, mantenerse fuerte, mantenerse conectado a tierra y seguir adelante." 

LL Cool J

Trailer Music credit: Evening Melodrama, Black Vortex and Americana by Kevin McLeod. www.incompetech.com

Risks and challenges

We are no strangers to risk-taking and have proven that we can and will overcome challenges as a family. Our recently completed year-long trip driving from South America to North America was a massive goal for our family and we faced challenges and risks each day - from dealing with breakdowns on deserted roads to navigating through chaotic cities. Our most important asset is our team and we know that together we can solve any problem, big or small.

When you set out to achieve a great goal - such a breaking a world record - you are deciding to take on a challenge that nobody else in the world has ever achieved. So inherent to our project is the risk that we won't be able to achieve our goal and break the world record. But if our past experience is any indication, we will not give up.

Regardless of the outcome, we promise to keep the cameras rolling and deliver a unique and inspiring film that documents our world record attempt.

"When adversity strikes, that's when you have to be the most calm. Take a step back, stay strong, stay grounded and press on."
LL Cool J

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