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17 days with Woncho like Poncho as he heads back to the Midwest and attempts to make his first webseries about his adventures.

Most people think hitchhiking is a last resort, either too dangerous, or an activity reserved for the homeless. I hitchhike because I want to.

Most people are afraid of not knowing when they will eat, where they will sleep, or what place they will end up. When I'm hitchhiking, that's when I feel most alive.

I love having to think on my feet, meeting weirdos, and not knowing what's going to happen next.

I have become a more patient, open-minded, resourceful, and knowledgeable person because of hitchhiking. It made me solution-oriented and restored my faith in humanity.

I want to make my exhilarating experiences accessible to the world.

You can read the article here: http://star.txstate.edu/node/7157

My name is Hoang-Chau Nguyen. Most people call me Woncho (like poncho). I currently attend Texas State University. I feel as normal as the next person, but I think my experiences are very unique, and I probably don't fit the typical image of a hitchhiker. 

Starting August 9, 2013, I will hitchhike the Midwest and document my adventures through middle America using video footage, social media, blog, instant film photographs, and a scrapbook. These will tell the stories of the unique people and cultures that I encounter.

On this journey I will make multiple stops in small towns and big cities such as Chicago, Detroit, and Louisville. The trip will last 17 days, until fall classes start on August 26, 2013.

I will use Craigslist rideshare, hitchhike, possibly hop trains, and even try to solicit rides from pilots at private airports. When I need to settle, I will Couchsurf, camp in parks, sleep in homeless shelters, or under bridges if necessary. I will meet random people offering as little as a middle finger and as much as a place to stay.

FINANCES

Please help me raise my goal of $2,200 so that I can have a strong first attempt at documenting my travels. This budget will cover food and supplies, but will mostly provide for camera equipment and funding for the documentary.

(1) $569.00 - Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM FLD Large Aperture Standard Zoom Lens for Canon Digital DSLR Camera
(2) $399.99 - GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition
(1) $349.00 - Rokinon CV85M-C 85mm t/1.5 Aspherical Lens for Canon with De-Clicked Aperture and Follow Focus Compatibility Fixed Lens
(1) $269.99 - Zoom ZH4N Handy Portable Digital Recorder
(1) $200.00 - Various Memory Cards
(1) $169.99 - LaCie Rugged Hard Disk Triple 1 TB USB 3.0 Firewire 800 (2x) Portable Hard Drive 301984
(1) $169.00 - Rode Videomic Shotgun Microphone with Rycote Lyre Mount
(1) $106.99 - LaCie Rugged Hard Disk Triple 500 GB USB 3.0 Firewire 800 (2x) Portable Hard Drive 301982
(1) $79.95 - Promaster Vertical Battery Grip for Canon Rebel T2i, T3i, and T4i
(1) $59.88 -  Manfrotto MKC3-H01 Compact Photo-Movie Kit (Black)
(1) $54.50 - ePhoto Premium DSLR Rig Movie Kit Shoulder Rig Mount, Shoulder Support Pad for Video Camcorder Camera DV DSLR Cameras
(1) $39.99 - Rode Deadcat Wind Muff Microphone Cover
(1) $33.99 - Chromo Inc.® 160 LED CI-160 Dimmable Ultra High Power Panel Digital Camera / Camcorder Video Light, LED Light for Canon
(1) $13.84 - Tiffen 77mm UV Protection Filter

FOCUS

The point of this documentary is to offer people insight about hitchhiking, from my perspective, into a world that I’ve grown to love. I want to share my passion with others, whether they want to participate themselves or are simply curious about hitchhiking.

STAY INVOLVED!

I need your help to spread the word! Please LIKE the page at facebook.com/whereswoncho and youtube.com/woncholikeponcho and FOLLOW me on Instagram via @whereswoncho and Twitter via @whereswoncho to stay involved. Tell your friends! Tell co-workers and classmates! And of course, keep checking here for updates!

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    For sponsors: I will wear a t-shirt representing your brand or company in a webisode. I will also give your company a special thanks at the end of the credits, a free post and link to your Facebook fan page and/or other social media of your choice. We can hash out the other details later.

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    Meet me at the destination of your choice in the U.S., and join me for up to 72 hours hitchhiking, camping out, partying, city exploration, or even have me come to your house to do some yard work. This will forever allow you to be part of this adventure and may give you an experience you may not be able to achieve otherwise. Come join me and see what it's like to travel Woncho style. It's up to you, and we can hammer out the details in the future. The earliest the trip could start May of 2014.

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