One year ago today, I left Brooklyn and cycled the long way around the country (about 12,317ish miles). A few weeks ago, I got to St. Louis, dropped my bike/gear at my sister's house and flew to NYC for a wedding some job interviews. I got offered a job (a great one, too). It starts next week. I'm going to take it.
What does that mean? Am I quitting? Is this over? Am I really going to sell out like that?
No, no and yes.
I'm taking the job. It's an amazing opportunity. I'm not quitting this project, though. The whole "biking cross country" part of the project is on hold for a while, but Drawing America by Bike is more than a singular bike tour. This endeavor was not aimed at an athletic/competitive goal, but a artistic one. This is a fact-finding mission for a graphic novel and the bicycle was (almost) incidentally the best vehicle for the journey.
I still have a lot of ground to cover. St. Louis, Louisville, Ohio, Detroit, DC, the rest of New England. I will be resuming the Tour d'Amurica in summer 2012. Until then, I have a lot of work to make that I didn't get to while on the road and I'll start working of a graphic novel of my adventures
Isn't this cheating?
I'm not an athlete nor did I ever claim to be. My project is to not only draw America, but to physically make a line throughout the country. Rarely do I make drawings with one continuous line. Unless you're doing a blind contour drawing, you usually pick up your pencil once in a while and take a look at what you've done and make some more lines somewhere else on the page. Right now, I'm picking up my pencil (bike) for a minute, but I'm not finished.
What about the postcards? If you donated for a postcard didn't get it yet, I'll send you double your donation in postcards. They'll be really cool, too.
I'll still be posting stories/drawings from my travels, plus various bike/art related things, so keep following the project! Thank you guys so much, this project could not have taken off without all the support from family, friends and total strangers. See ya soon.
Your unprodigal son,
P.S. I'm still on the hunt for a sublet for a couple months until I get settled (in or around NYC). If you hear of anything, lemme know!