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Japan by Bicycle

In 2011, one month after the devastating earthquake, Andrew Marston, Scott Keenan, and Dylan Gunning stood at Cape Sata, the southernmost point in Japan, faced North and started pedaling. In fact, they cycled all the way to Cape Soya, the northernmost point, some 3500 km away. Originally, their 43 day journey was intended to be a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, but after the earthquake hit, they decided to turn the trip into a relief aid fundraiser with the goal of raising $10,000. By the time they crossed the finish line, over $13,092 had been given.

Recently, the trip was made into a documentary and 300 page eBook, both titled “Japan by Bicycle” and available for free on the trip web site JapanByBicycle.com. As you can see in the film, the team hit a lot of major attractions such as both the Nagasaki and Hiroshima atomic memorials, the infinite red gates of Fushimi Inari in Kyoto, and even went through the heart of the Japanese Alps. Along the way, they encountered their fair share of mishaps also. Andrew took a ride in an ambulance on Day 7, got a blood infection on Day 8, and hit a car in Hokkaido. In the end, no one got seriously injured and it was all worth it.

What an incredible and inspiring journey. I encourage you all to watch the 60 second Japan by Bicycle trailer (embedded above) and also check out the full length documentary at http://www.japanbybicycle.com.

– Andrew Maston

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