From Peace Pedalers:
Adventure cyclist and filmmaker Jamie Bianchini recently returned home to Santa Cruz after an epic 8-year, 80-country cycling expedition called Peace Pedalers. He piloted a custom tandem bike while leaving the rear seat open to invite total strangers to join the journey as his honored guest. Over 1,000 people accepted his invitation to ride. Now he’s gearing up to share the stories with the world, starting with an independently produced 12-part documentary series on his 2-year, 22-country expedition through the African continent.
There was no shortage of adversity on the expedition, including robberies, a bike theft, being hit by a car, terrible sicknesses, heat stroke, dehydration and heartaches. But Jamie doesn’t focus a lot of attention on these in the series, “If anyone pedals a bike in 22 developing nations you are going to have adversity. That’s a given fact and part of the adventure. The truth is that 95% of my experiences were positive and these are Africa’s untold stories I’m trying to share,” reflects Jamie.
Now five years later the hardest part of his dream is ahead of him—finding the time and money to craft the stories, edit the series and release them to the world. Jamie just launched a campaign using Kickstarter.com’s funding platform to take his dream to the global cycling community asking them to each do their small part in backing the project by making a small pledge. “If fellow cyclists each toss a few bucks in the helmet each we’ll see the world’s first pedal-powered series air that takes viewers into the heart of Africa”. Jamie only has until November 5th to raise $85,000 in pledges or else the series may never see the light of day.