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Vague Direction is a book about a 12,000 mile bike ride. It explores life through a mix of stories, people & takeaways from the road.
Vague Direction is a book about a 12,000 mile bike ride. It explores life through a mix of stories, people & takeaways from the road.
Vague Direction is a book about a 12,000 mile bike ride. It explores life through a mix of stories, people & takeaways from the road.
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The Vague Direction book is here.

My biggest ever creative labour of love is coming to an end, and I’d be so grateful for your involvement to get over the final hurdle, and to help publish it in the best way possible.

For the last year, I’ve been working on the Vague Direction book, and just yesterday locked everything down, so the writing is now officially done. 

*And breathe!*

What's inside the book?

"A wake-up call to anyone sleepwalking through life." Boneshaker Magazine

This is a book based around a 12,000 mile bicycle journey that I went on at the end of 2012, which lasted just over a year and covered many states and provinces in the US and Canada, but it is more than a travel book. 

Between the lines it’s a book about humanity and personal philosophy. It's about the tension between ambition and contentment, confidence and shyness. The book explores some of the questions that we all experience, and in doing so, it offers relatable, actionable and entertaining takeaways. 

The book is about people.

Throughout the journey, I had an opportunity to meet a bunch of cool folks, and they chatted to me about their lives and the lessons they’ve picked up by living. From Yodelling Cowgirls and Texas Hunters, to Hollywood Movie Directors and Former Drug Dealers, to Musicians and many, many more. This is a unique look into people's minds.

And, it’s also crammed with stories of unusual, tense, funny, dangerous or embarrassing moments from the road. And that gives it the drive and pace of a thriller.  Stories include:

  • Getting kicked out of the US into “the most dangerous city on the planet that’s not technically a war zone.” 
  • Pulse-raising bear encounters
  • Battling inner-demons
  • Being uplifted by insane levels of generosity
  • Meeting the love of my life and then meeting her Harley-driving boyfriend (Isn't it ironic, don't you think?)
  • Dodging flying apples
  • Sprinklers gone rogue
  • Firing guns and eating bacon (no pigs were killed in the making of this book, just in case you were wondering!)
  • Escaping a preacher through the air vents
  • Figuring out what the difference between short-term and long-term travel really is
  • Coming close to getting murdered
  • Battling my mind (and the mosquitos) to go Into The Wild
  • Having the worst night ever with Burt Reynolds

And tons more. 

The story is told with speed. It doesn't beat around the bush. It's just a light-hearted, fun, easy to read book about people, about moments, about travel, and about life questions. 

What will you get out of reading this book?

I hope, more than anything, that by reading this book, you'll:

  • laugh out loud
  • relate to, and find applicable takeaways from the lessons of the bicycle journey and of the people who feature in the story 
  • get inspired 
  • question the status quo 
  • amusingly squirm with uncomfortableness in parts 
  • find it heartwarming, entertaining and enjoyable 
  • be encouraged to think about weighty life questions

Writing this book has taken way, way longer than I thought it would. It’s demanded way more energy than I thought it would. Somehow, unexpectedly, it turned into it’s own beast. But because of that, it’s by far the most personal and honest work I’ve ever written.

Why Kickstarter?

The heavy-lifting is done and the book is written, but there's still a few bits to finish off which I'd love your help to get done. Your backing will help me get over the final hurdle and bring this book into the world, by getting a professional cover design, interior formatting, and a paperback print-run.

Just think of your contribution to this Kickstarter campaign as a fancy way to pre-order a copy (or several copies!) of the book. 

+ Plus! Exclusive to this Kickstarter campaign are some rewards and incentives that won’t be available after the campaign is over. I’d love to use this campaign as an excuse to chat to Vague Direction readers, so there’s a variety of reward packages to make that happen.

+ And one final Plus! Backing the project will mean you’ll get copies of the book for a tad cheaper than when the book hits Amazon. Everyone loves a bargain!

What's the word on the street?

"A natural storyteller, Dave's ambition is bigger than a mere bicycle tour: it is to grapple with the heft of human existence, to explore notions of contentment and doubt, regret and hope with the many fascinating people he encounters along the way." Boneshaker Magazine

“You don’t even need to be a cyclist to be enthralled in Dave’s experiences & reflections. Told with pace and charm, a wonderful account of a grand adventure.” Mark Beaumont - RTW world record holder & BBC presenter

"Dave's book is different from most cycling epics in the best way. It's more personal, often hilarious, and sometimes heartwarming, and it'll make you want to start your own adventure." Molly Hurford - Bicycling Magazine

Thank you so, so much for your support in helping this book make it out into the world.

Risks and challenges

[Not many!] I've left creating a Kickstarter until the book was written. Now it is, the heavy-lifting of this project is already done. Risks at this stage are very limited (design / formatting /print / postage delays), but I've built enough leeway into the delivery schedule to feel confident in delivering everything on time.

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    The 'Kindle Package'

    - Receive a Kindle version of the Vague Direction book.

    - Have your name featured in the Thanks section of the book.

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    The 'Paperback Package'

    - Receive a PAPERBACK copy of the Vague Direction book. (Free postage anywhere in the world)

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    The 'Be A Good Friend' package.

    - Receive TWO paperback copies of the Vague Direction book. Read one yourself, and give one to a friend to make them smile. (Free postage anywhere in the world)

    - Have your name featured in the Thanks section of the book.

    - And, I'll send you an epic thank you video.

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    The 'Oh Crumbs, You're Popular' package.

    - Receive FOUR paperback copies of the Vague Direction book. Read one yourself, and give three copies away to your friends to show them that you are the raddest dude/dudette ever. (Free postage anywhere in the world)

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    The 'Let's Get Virtual' package.

    - Receive FIVE paperback copies of the Vague Direction book. Read one yourself, and give four copies away to your friends. (Free postage anywhere in the world)

    - Have your name featured in the Thanks section of the book.

    - SKLUNCH: Let's have a one-to-one Skype Lunch. We can chat about bicycle travel, a journey you have planned, lifestyle stuff, publishing, creativity, philosophy, crazy stories, jelly beans, or anything else.

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    The Picture Package

    - Receive a paperback copy of the Vague Direction book.

    - Receive a large, limited edition, framed photograph from the Vague Direction journey (northern lights, starscapes etc - you'll be able to choose from a selection!)

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    Pledge £120 or more About $176

    The 'GIMME TEN, M'KAY?!' package.

    - Receive TEN paperback copies of the Vague Direction book. Read one yourself, and give nine copies away to your friends or a group you're involved with. (Free postage anywhere in the world)

    - Have your name featured in the Thanks section of the book.

    - SKLUNCH: Let's have a one-to-one Skype Lunch. We can chat about bicycle travel, a journey you have planned, lifestyle stuff, stories, publishing, creativity, philosophy, crazy stories, what to do when you accidently meet a moose, or anything else.

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    'The Dedication' Package

    - I'll dedicate the entire freakin' book to you, your community group, your company, your pet owl etc.

    - You'll get hooked up with TEN paperback copies of the book. (Free postage anywhere in the world)

    - Plus, let's do SKLUNCH - a one-to-one (or one-to-group) Skype lunch, where I can thank you in person non-stop like a lunatic, and we can hang out and talk about everything from travel, to life, to how to do an effective robot dance.

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    Pledge £5,000 or more About $7,316

    The most unlikely and, frankly, totally absurd and ridiculous and never-going-to-happen reward I can think of. Why would anyone in their right mind want this? But hey, someone once told me to "reach for the stars, climb every mountain higher." So, drop 5 whole big ones on making this book happen, and:

    - I'll hook you up with a suitcase with books inside it for you and your friends. Or you could just keep them and use them to build a unique domino run. Either one works.

    - You'll get three framed photographs to stick on 'yer wall.

    - I'll come to you (or you and a friend), anywhere on this big ol' planet of ours, and we can ride together for a few weeks. We'll make a journey out of it, camp by the side of the road, sing Meatloaf songs as loud as possible, eat 100 donuts, get punctures, see stars, have a right corker of a time, and I'll document the whole thing through video, photos and words on vaguedirection.com.

    Anybody? No? Dust.

    (If you have cash burning a hole in your pocket and you're actually considering this, then a) you're mental, b) you're wonderful and c) you should probably email dave@steepmedia.com first so we can chat specifics.)

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