#PlacesChange Tour

$2,000 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 39 people in 49 months
My name is Chas Wiederhold, and simply, I am going on a bike ride to learn more about the region I call home: The Midwest. I need help gathering gear and supplies for what may be up to a 2,600 mile bike ride so that I can tell a story.

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.
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Some wise and awesome people have been helping me detail my map! Every day I get more excited!
Updated map!
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Hi Friends,

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!
Staring at this map every morning
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I'll be writing for Cincinnati Refined along the trip. Check out my introductory post!

Thank you so much for the support so far ya'll!!

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$2,000 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 39 people in 49 months
Created May 10, 2015
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15 months ago
Elizabeth Delozier
46 months ago
Rachel Fraser
46 months ago

I can't wait to follow you on your journey! Have fun and be safe :)

Team Gomez
46 months ago
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Bob & Erin Marie Schwartz
46 months ago

Safe travels Chas.

Kelli Jo Haley
47 months ago

Best of luck Chas!

Joff Moine
47 months ago

Adventure my Friend - Love it! Be Safe and I looking forward to reading all about it!

Linda Rinehart
47 months ago

Good luck and happy writing!

Mackenzie Garry
47 months ago

Go, Uncle Chowmein! I can't wait to hear about your trip. You've already inspired me to go on my own adventures one day! But first, I need to consistently roll over!

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