Hello fantastic backers!
It's been a while since we updated. Rest assured, we have been extremely busy editing and selecting photos, working through footage, and doing layout, proofing and design on the photo book.
As is sadly common with Kickstarter projects, we underestimated the work required for our rewards. We spent the last month creating a website where people can pick a photo for their print fulfillment, and have worked the last months on all the prepping work, like photo editing, selection, designing and proofing our book and more.
Here is our preliminary cover of the photo book! The actual book will be thicker -- this is a mockup.
She's a looker! She's a looker! And a sample of the layout inside. We haven't been able to decide on a black or white overall background scheme in the book; more print proofs and design work will go into that. Honestly, one of the hardest things has been cutting down in the thousands of photos and other media we accrued on this trip.
We've also been working through a lot of our GoPro footage, cellphone and camera footage and more, to see if can keep you occupied with video of our antics while we work diligently to get our rewards out of the door as soon as possible.
So, how's our timeline looking now?
We will finish our website by the end of this month, which lets our print backers or higher tier backers pick their prints, which we will then finish, proof, pack up and send out as soon as we can in January.
The book itself requires more work, and will likely ship in February. We're very sorry for the delays; we've never done a project like this or made such a large print project and the amount of work is daunting! But, we're making good progress...
Looking back, this year we not only had an incredible adventure of a lifetime and successfully documented it, but we were overwhelmed with a massive amount of press and attention upon our return home. We couldn't have done it without your support, and we're incredibly grateful to all of you for that.
We'll see what happens in the next 18 days, but with a some luck Ride North will be the 15th top reddit post of the year, and no.1 in /r/pics! We had millions of people see our photos, and thousands talk about it. But you were the first to see it, as well you will be with the book.
Thank you again, so much, for all your support and patience, and we'll be in touch with you all individually as we progress towards shipping the book and prints!