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.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Adventure Cycling Association In Missoula, MT 6-26-12

These are the people that helped me plan my bicycle tour across America.  I dropped by to say thank you and get some advice about my travels.  I was rewarded by free ice cream.


Anonymous said...

We've waited four days for you to post something and all you have to say is you visited some cycle club and they rewarded you with ice cream....really?

If that is all that has happened in four days - you must be having a very boring trip finding your America. We wish you luck on your journey but you do a piss-poor job of blogging and keeping your friends/fans posted along the way.

We are dropping off your page because nothing is happening that is newsworthy.

Anonymous said...

Wow, anonymous haters. Probably sitting on a couch in air conditioning somewhere! Love it! So awesome when the vicarious life style people get angry! Power on, young man! Do your thing and ignore the haters!

Jill Yrjana said...

I've waited four days for you to post too, John. I was just telling Mike, "Where is John, we haven't heard from him in a while." Then I see your video...the young man we love so enthralled with guava. Sam doesn't blame you...she thinks it is a fun word too. Don't stop being so enthusiastic about the simple things in life. That is what finding your America is all about. You always bring a smile to my face.
Love you guy!