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At the end of 2010, I was able to travel to Thailand for two months to document the work of The SOLD Project. Because I was passionate about the work they were doing, I asked for the support of my friends and family, and they really came through. Thank you so much to all of you who supported that trip! SOLD got hours and hours of footage and interviews that they have since used for several videos to spread their message. Here is the main finished project, an update about SOLD’s first student in their prevention program, and the girl they met in the first SOLD documentary.
Two years later, I’m planning another trip to not only a raise awareness about a good cause, but also to tell an incredible story. One month ago, two legally blind cyclists set out from the southernmost tip of South America, and for the next year and a half will be pedaling their way up toward the equator and beyond, all the way to the northernmost part of Alaska.
Christi is severely nearsighted, and completely blind in her other eye. The above image gives a general idea of what she sees. Tauru, on the other hand, has a condition called retinitis pigmentosa. The closest description for us with normal sight to understand it is “tunnel vision.” Like looking through a paper towel tube, he can see clearly and make out objects as well as you or I, but lacks the peripheral vision to see surrounding objects outside of the direction he is facing. (Click either image to see a larger version)
Tauru’s field of vision is getting smaller and smaller every day, and he will eventually go completely blind. Which is why these two intrepid adventurers have decided not to put off their dream of crossing the Americas on tandem bike any longer. And in case you were wondering — these two aren’t newbies when it comes to grand adventures. Despite their limitations, they have already done a tandem bicycling trip from coast to coast of the United States, and they’ve traveled around the world together, summiting peaks, hiking long trails, and even teaching English in Korea.
Anyway, you know what’s coming — we want to tell this story in a feature-length documentary, but to do so, we need your help! Our IndieGogo page is now online, but we’re still a long way from being able to purchase our equipment and travel expenses for our first three trips. The first will be to Santiago, Chile in just one month, at the end of April, and the director and cinematographer will be following their journey for two weeks. The second is still being planned, and the third will be to Panama City. These trips will be about three months apart. While we are away, Christi and Tauru will be documenting their trip on a portable camcorder.
Since there are several trips and destinations as they move North, the project has two cinematographers, and the first trip I will be shooting on is in Panama. Unfortunately it won’t be a tropical vacation — it will be a lot of hard work, keeping up with Christi and Tauru’s journey, camping wherever we can find a place to settle, and constantly finding outlets to charge batteries! But this is my passion, and I have an opportunity to tell an incredible story.
There will be enormous challenges for them along the way. This journey is bold even for an experienced adventurer with perfect sight. From flat tires to broken frames, local governments to gravel roads, the mental stresses of thousands of miles road, and the difficulty of navigating dangerous roads with limited sight, this story will undoubtedly be one that you won’t want to miss. Visit the Two Blind To Ride Facebook page to see updates from their trip in progress. We’ve got an awesome team together to make this documentary’s production possible, and we don’t want the story to go unseen!
So please consider contributing what you can to fund this project. There are some incentives that you’ll find on the sidebar of the fundraising page, and a video embedded where you can meet the director of the film and learn more about the project.
Thanks for taking the time to learn about this unique opportunity and for helping us to make it happen. I don’t often ask for the help of my friends and family to make an opportunity possible, but this is a truly unique story that’s only going to happen once.