Thursday, December 17, 2009

Donation goal: $ 5,000

Hello everyone,

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

-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


Donation goal: $ 5,000

Abstract and Timeline

Understanding the restraints we put on ourselves and the social restraints we are bound by has led me to pursue a journey, where I will document photographic evidence of confined freedom. I have a desire to document individuals and record visually their unique story. Everyone is confined by some type of restraint, whether implemented by themselves, their surroundings, or limits set by society. I will be photographing individuals I come in contact with spanning coast to coast. Traveling from Virginia to Oregon, I will be exploring the different American regions, to gain a range of variables. I will travel by bicycle, with a group of 14 cyclists. By traveling with a guided tour, I will be in direct parallel with the individuals I am photographing. The confined freedom I will face while traveling by bicycle spans physical, social, and self confinement. Like many others my freedom has limitations, and is shaped by the world around me, due to safety I can not complete this journey on my own. Another limitation I will be facing is the predetermined path. Traveling by bicycle will create a self reliant freedom. Allowing myself to be very vulnerable, this will create the most direct connection with people, while still being figuratively and very literally locked to my bicycle. The outcome of this adventure is a photographic representation of this journey; exploring individuals that depict the conflicting concept of confined freedom. A gallery showing of the final images will be held at the Student Art Space.

December 4, 2009 pay $700.00 deposit for trip

May 4, 2010 leave Williamsburg, VA

Week 1: traveling through Virginia, hitting the tidewater Piedmont regions

Week 2: leaving Afton, traveling up the Blue Ridge Parkway

Week 3: entering into Kentucky

Week 4: central Kentucky, crossing Ohio River into southern Illinois

Week 5: Chester, Illinois, cross the Mississippi river on the Chester Bridge

Week 6: enter into Kansas

Week 7: continuing through central and western Kansas, until Colorado

Week 8: Pueblo, Colorado marking the half waypoint in the tour

Week 9: windy Wyoming

Week 10: enter into West Yellowstone, Montana

Week 11: West Yellowstone, Montana

Week 12: Idaho

Week 13: Cascade Range

Week 14: Astoria, OR end of trip

August 5, 2010: Fly home

Fall 2010 gallery showing of final images

Friday, November 20, 2009

About the trip

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 ( ) . 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.