As any good fundraiser should add: this is not just a donation -- it's an investment. It really is. I am not only taking this trip as a cyclist. I am taking this trip as a writer, as a photographer, as a someone with a keen eye for pride for place.
This trip will become a small magazine. High quality. Beautiful paper. Beautiful pictures. Beautiful people. It’s nice to hold something in your hands. To have a tangible object in this age of digitization and cloud storage. Photography, Poetry, Essays and Artifacts from the trip meant to inspire exploration and deepening of roots.
There will also be a digital experience that features the places, people, and scenery I encounter. This will have a similar finish as the magazine with interactive profiles, images, and essays.
I've lived my life wondering why everyone who is smart, talented, and creative moves away from a place I love. I've lived my life wondering why everyone who stays in a place is negative about the place without resolve.
I want an audience to grasp my fixation on this subject of passion for place. I don’t want to be an alien anymore. An alien who says “I love where I’m from. It hurts me when you criticize it without intent to improve it. I love its problems just as much as I love its successes. I am change. I am progress. You can be change. You can be progress. You can love its problems. Care for its problems. Look there are others. We’re not aliens. We believe in roots.”
I hope you can help.
Last night I spent about 5 hours plotting the course for the trip. Now that I have this general path in place, next step is to break it down day-by-day, street by street, path by path.
This is the nitty gritty. I'm feeling tremendously supported. I hope to be able to pay it back with the energy of a lifetime and, what I am planning to be, an incredible story about resilience, adventure, and roots.
Love you all!
Thank you so much for the support so far ya'll!!