6,000 miles. Four guys. No Smartphones.
Seattle to New York
These days, the closest most of us get to adventure is coming home after a long day at work and turning on the Discovery channel. And we love those shows. But in all of these shows, documentaries, how-to guides for adventure, they seem to take for granted that their viewer has a certain level of financial security - that they have a good bit of money put away to pay for things like hotels, car repairs, or fancy adventure bikes. They seem to suggest that these days you can’t get by on a journey without a bit of that comfort from home.
So we're embarking on a 5,000 mile journey across America from coast to coast. We want to tell a story through the lens of adventure, proving along the way that you don't need a heavy wallet or 401k to have one. Previous generations had adventure built in – whether they liked it or not. They had wars, they had the 60s. The civil rights movement. They had Kerouac and the ability to hitch-hike across America. But the world has changed, and unless we create our OWN stories – our own adventures - we won't have any to tell because we'll have been too busy texting, tweeting and tindering our lives away. This is the danger my generation faces. And I want to do something about it. After all, what do we have if we don't have stories?
The point is this:
The four of us are flat broke. So we've decided to show the world - and especially our generation - that adventure and financial security are NOT mutually exclusive. The average American spends $150 on food every week, so we're taking that challenge and upping the ante.
We are going to spend $100 a week. Not just on food. But on everything. Period. The end. We're going to do our entire three week trip on $300 each. The real kicker? That includes gas money.
If we can do it. You can do it.
Meet up in Seattle August 3rd
Each team member is given their $300
We spend the day rounding up equipment, supplies, and our car
August 4th we head out, beginning on our 5,000 mile trip covering 16 states from Washington to Montana, down to Utah, then across and up to New York City.
Camp the whole way
Save money in every way we can WITHOUT missing out on the incredible experiences. This is key. What's the point if we were to just drive straight across I-80? No. We're doing the real deal.
Document the entire trip, and keep individual video diaries along the way.
The Product - What will we end up With
The answer: a documentary, also a written series of essays and journals, focusing on this notion of the contemporary search for adventure, especially amongst our generation. It’s been incredibly difficult for many of us to build stable lives, find constant gainful employment that also drives us emotionally, creatively. This lack of stability makes it so hard to take risks; we live on the edge. Well, we want to prove that not only is it possible to take this risk, to have this adventure, but that it may well be necessary for us, as people, to for a time turn off our electrical devices, unplug, start up a car or motorcycle and just go.