I wanted to travel, film and work with organic and urban farmers. So, I got a bike and some seeds. If I were going to be cycling through the major cities, I figured I may as well plant some shit.
Before I started my trip from the Netherlands, I had never cycled 25 miles or 40 kilometers in a day, let alone every day. Then, I ended up doing around 100 km of cycling a day and upwards of 250 km. I hardly prepared for the trip, leaving with 2 bags and no camping gear. The first few weeks were rough, I also lost my first close family member, I got the hang of it and the 3 months went by in a flash. Cycle touring is the BEST and most affordable way I have ever traveled, I can't think of traveling any other way.
Many edibles were planted. Many seeds were spread. Many sustainable farming and food projects were filmed. Lots of project-specific videos coming soon.
Get a bike, get some seeds and let's see that our soils are healthy for a long, long time.
I rode solo for more than half the trip and with three lovely people during the remainder. Thanks for dealing with me Elise, Mike and Robin.
Many wonderful individuals offered their couches to me along the way, thanks to: Nick, Mary & Fred, Aine, Paul, Claude, Soňa, Megan, Werner & Moshko, Linda, Oli & Sophia, Yve, Emil and especially Tom Kirk -- And thanks to all those that allowed me to put my tent up in their lawn/field/garden.
Great thanks to those who helped me out when my bike died: Thierry & Brigitte, Dale, Maggit & Paul.
To those who filmed or stop motion'd with me: Axel Adams, Laurie Boyden, Marika Klosowski, Natalie Hinahara, Mike SInnott and Elise Auger.
To Peter Bourke, who did a grand seed bank cycle tour that inspired me to embark on this trip.
Finally, thanks to the farmers and sustainable food organizations that allowed me to work, film and talk with them.
On December 11th, we pushed off through the cobblestone streets of Charleston, SC and headed South. We followed the coast through the state of Georgia to St. Augustine, FL. After sipping from the legendary Fountain of Youth we pointed our tires West and trek across the Florida pan handle. We continued west through Alabama, Mississippi, and finished in New Orleans Louisiana. Oh, and our dog Ollie accompanied us along the way.
Here are some quick stats from our trip:
- 1,168 Miles
- 98 Hours on the saddle
- 32 Days on the road
- 6 States
- 2 Flat Tires (Andy & Ollie)
- 1 Jar of Peanut Butter
- 0 Accidents or Injuries
The music in this video is Xavier Rudd "Come Let Go".