Thursday, December 17, 2009
So I have been working on some exciting things for the bike trip!
1. I am working in conjunction with the Visual Arts Center, of Richmond to raise money! As you know I am raising $ 5,000 for the trip but everything past that will go towards the Visual Arts Center, of Richmond’s after school art program. Specifically to sponsor a dark room photography class! The class will be about 10 middle school students learning how to use a dark room! The students attend Richmond public schools and come right after school to learn and create. I will also be showing the students my work from the trip. I hope by showing my images I will also illustrate how photography can take you places and give you a different outlook on travel and life. This is an opportunity for the students to be surrounded in a creative atmosphere, and gives them an opportunity to explore art free of charge.
2. I have made business cards and postcards so I can really get my blog out there. They look fantastic, BIG thanks to Melissa for helping me out with the design.
3. Training is always going on, it’s getting chilly here but I ride outside as much as I can. I have an indoor trainer lent to me by wonderful Ms. Rachel but noting compares to riding outside.
Coming soon to the blog:
-Sponsors: I am contacting local businesses to sponsor my trip. While riding I will have a day brought to you by a particular company. If you are interested please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
-be sure to look out for updates: I will be updating my blog with Images and day to day journal entries as soon as I start the trip (Maybe before!)
Monday, November 30, 2009
December 4, 2009 pay $700.00 deposit for trip
May 4, 2010 leave
Week 1: traveling through
Week 2: leaving
Week 3: entering into
Week 4: central
Week 6: enter into
Week 7: continuing through central and western
Week 9: windy
Week 10: enter into West
Week 11: West
August 5, 2010: Fly home
Fall 2010 gallery showing of final images
Friday, November 20, 2009
Hello, My name is Amber. While eating dinner with my family for my birthday May 2009 we started talking about my Fathers cross country bike trip from NY to CA. I was so intrigued by the stories, and physical demands. I decided that I needed to do the same. I decided to make an ambitious goal of training and getting everything together to leave in exactly a year. I have made it so close to my goal! I am training daily, I have bought a new bike and some gear. Now the only road block I am confronting is a lack of funding.
Please help if you can this is going to be an amazing journey.
As a photography student I will be making a photographic project out of the trip as well as just a self exploration journey. Upon my return I will have a gallery showing of my final images. I hope to treat the greatest donors to a private walk through of the images as well as give them an original print of their choice.
I have applied for a grant to have external funding of the photographic assignment however the results are unknown as of now. But I will keep you updated.
This trip is truly once and a lifetime, and I feel that now is the best time to accomplish it. I was originally planning on going alone but realistically I would like to come home alive so I am now planning on going with a guided tour with the Adventure Cycling Association ( http://www.adventurecycling.org/ ) . The tour would last 93 days leaving May 04, 2010 returning Aug 04, 2010 we would start in Williamsburg, VA and travel to Florence, OR. We would be riding 78 days, and rest 15 days. We will be traveling: 4,305 Miles! Averaging 55.2Miles Per Day. I will be traveling with 14 other Riders. We will be camping and sharing the cooking of the days meals. The highest point is 11,500 feet! The cost for the trip, meals, camping, guide included, is $4,349.00. The hope would be to get $ 5, 000 in donations before I leave in May.
Please pass this page on to anyone who may find this journey interesting every little bit counts. I would love to talk with anyone about the trip or sponsorship opportunities.
Thank You so much for your support, ill keep posting so check up on me often.