Out Of The Wild: An Alaskan's Adventure To Find America

My name is John. I was born and raised in Alaska. I have been hearing how the American Dream is no longer possible for my generation; how the pursuit of a college education will leave my peers and me in crippling debt; and America is no longer the beacon of hope it once was. Too many of my generation believe what they are hearing. I am not going to surrender to such news.

I believe what made America great in the past can make it great again. I know many small business owners that are living their American Dream right now. I have heard these people talk about their dreams. They work harder than anyone I know every minute of every day. These are dreamers that act on their dreams. I want to chase my dream in the same way. My personal motto is, “Risk much, forgive much, and gain much”. I want to pursue a career in film. I want to chase my dream too.

I need to see more of this country to better understand my homeland. I want to meet the people who make this country work. Upon graduation from high school I am riding my bicycle 6,000 miles from Kodiak, Alaska to Key West, Florida to find my America. I am not going on this tour just to ride my bike. My plan is to document the people I meet that have put their dreams to work. I will interview them in their environment and interview the people they serve.

Using my bicycle, a tent, and a camera I will tell this story in a documentary I call “Finding My America”. I will begin in my hometown of Kodiak, Alaska on May 22, 2012. I am partnering with small businesses that will sponsor this trip. I am working with many Subway restaurant owners who are sponsoring me in exchange for a commercial I will make and post on the Internet.

When my trip is complete, I want to share what I learn with everyone. Look for the finished documentary in the late fall of 2012. The blog will serve as a behind the scenes update to chronicle my grand adventure. I am accepting financial support from anyone interested in inspiring my generation to embrace the hard work of bringing America back to a new era of greatness. I hope to tell the stories of the real American dream. I hope to raise enough money to pay for college without student loans. Help me tell this American story. Together we can be the difference.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Saturday, October 29, 2011

This is the pilot I presented to Subway owners in Alaska.

I propose that I will visit Subway restaurants from Kodiak to Key West as I ride my bike to find my America.  I hope to capture each stretch of road and the character of each town along the way.  I want to meet the people of our great country.  This is the pilot I created for the Kodiak Subway owners to gain sponsors for my great quest to find my America.

Subway on Center Street Kodiak, Alaska
Owner Dan Rohrer

I hope to offer to make local radio or TV commercials for any willing Subway as I visit each town.  Here is a local radio commercial I recorded for Subway of Kodiak.

I hope to to visit many subways along the way.

Searching for the sponsor.

Before I can make make a map, plan a budget, or even continue dreaming of this adventure to find my America I must first have a sponsor. Now for a sponsor to even consider buying into me I must show them, and the world that I am profitable. The first thing that I find myself challenged with is populating and cross referencing my blog with others on the webernet. This will allow me to gain popularity and overall more appeal for sponsors I am meeting with.

Well, this is what I am working on right now. I'm still getting the hang of things but hopefully in no time I will be flooding this site with updates and posts very very soon.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Preparing for the trip

This was a very old video of a bike race I did.
Against every fiber in my being I uploaded it to give my newly birthed blog some texture. More videos will be added as the progression of my journey continues to unfold  before me. Don't worry though, they will be better edited and the music won't be so mind melting!

Just getting the hang of things.

Hello fellow cycling patriots, my name is John and I recently decided to plan a trip across America on my bicycle. I wanted to start a blog to not only create some sort of schedule for myself, but to keep others informed on what I do in case they too are going through the same thing. Videos and things I'm doing to prepare will be uploaded as frequently as possible.