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California’s Adventure Sports Journal

Peace Pedalers

 Around the World on a Tandem Bike

Published by: Adventure Sports Journal Issue: 84, February 2015

Around the world on a tandem bike

Jamie looking for riders in Guatamala.

Over 1,000 total strangers accepted Jamie Bianchini’s invitation to ride on the world’s first open-invitation, intercultural expedition around the planet.  Jamie piloted the front seat of a custom-built tandem bike while leaving the rear seat open to invite “guest riders” to join the journey and share the exhilarating cycle touring experience. If that’s not cool enough, the bike frames, called “Black Sheep Tangles,” could be converted from a tandem to a single bike, which allowed Jamie to rip up the world’s single-track trails with new local friends. His 81-country expedition took over 8 years to complete, with regular recharge breaks on the trails and in the surf of his current hometown of Santa Cruz, CA.

Not surprisingly, a journey of this magnitude was sprung from humble beginnings. After a series of spectacular business flops drove him into bankruptcy and the love of his life kissed him goodbye, Jamie hatched a crazy plan that just might make everything right. His life lacked purpose, passion, and connection with his fellow man. So he decided to go for a bicycle ride … around the world … on a tandem … solo … inviting everyone he met to join him.

“I felt inspired to make the journey mean more than simply fulfilling my own personal desires,” explained Jamie. “By inviting strangers to ride with me I hoped to do my part in creating more peace in the world by reducing unnecessary fears and prejudices between people. I wanted to demonstrate that language, cultural and religious barriers could easily be overcome with a genuine desire to connect, learn and explore.”

Jamie started the project with his best friend Garryck. They both saved for two and a half years and found over 40 corporate sponsors to kick off their dream expedition called Peace Pedalers. The tour got off to a great start in Japan and Korea but it was not long before he ran into his fair share of adversity. “There was a bike theft in China, a near-death bike crash in Malaysia and escaping machine gun fire in Mauritania just to name a few,” reports Bianchini. “But what amazed me was how total strangers in every part of the world came out of nowhere to help keep me stay safe, fed, housed, warm and supported me in fulfilling my vision and mission of the expedition.”

It was this constant stream of kindness and compassion demonstrated by total strangers on his journey that began to inspire Jamie to take the expedition to a new level. Starting by delivering hundreds of tandem bike rides and gifts to orphanages throughout Asia he continued the adventures of compassion and contribution through Africa, Europe and Latin America. Jamie rallied partners, sponsors and fellow guest riders to help donate 100 bikes to an impoverished township in Cape Town, disperse hundreds of doses of life-saving Malaria medication to small African communities, start a school for AIDS orphans in Uganda and bring fresh water to a community suffering from sickness and death in Bolivia.

“I realized it was not only easy to connect deeply with people in every corner of the planet but it was just as rewarding to work together with them to be of service in the communities I traveled through,” explains Jamie. “But as exciting and rewarding it was to be out on the road I eventually longed to get back to the Bay Area to finally settle down and raise a family in Santa Cruz. After seeing a huge chunk of the planet there was no place on earth that had such a perfect combination of great trails, roads, waves and community.  My bike was pointed to Santa Cruz since day one.”

So just how does a globetrotting Bay Area mountain bike addict and surf bum find a life partner to settle down with? Turns out she found him. After several unsuccessful attempts to recruit a road-worthy mate — from online dating websites to travel flings-gone-serious — it was a guest rider who hopped on for a planned 17-kilometer ride that turned into a lifelong adventure. Their first child was conceived in Ecuador and they’re now living with their two kids in Santa Cruz. Well, kinda.

True to character, Jamie is now embarking on a 12,000-mile Family Book Tour USA through 36 states to share his book A Bicycle Built for Two Billion. Jamie and his family will be traveling across the country to share his inspirational stories via free multimedia events at bookstores, KOA Campgrounds, bike shops, Rotary Clubs and other venues that request presentations.

Of course, their book tour itself has a twist almost as exciting as Jamie’s tandem bicycle adventure. Their family will be driving an 8-seater SUV and towing a 33-foot Heartland RV trailer that sleeps 10. Why so much space for just a family of four? The family plans to use the spare seats and beds to keep the original expedition’s spirit of openness, trust and connection alive as they invite others they meet around the country to join the tour, connect, camp and find ways to contribute along the way.

“Our open-invitation Family Book Tour was just a dream my wife and I concocted when we talked about how to share the book and our messages with the country,” reports Jamie. “But I had just been laid off from work, so I didn’t have the money to buy a big RV nor enough to pay the camping fees for such a huge nationwide tour. So we had to get creative.”

Jamie visited a large RV tradeshow where he met Heartland RV’s Vice President Coley Brady. “I could see it in Jamie’s eyes when he shared his project and vision that he lived from the heart. So Heartland RV set him up with our top of the line North Trail travel trailer to keep his family comfortable on his tour,” reports Brady. Jamie then reached out to Mike Gast, VP of communications at KOA Campgrounds who agreed to allow Jamie and his family to stay free of charge at 32 KOA campgrounds around the nation. “KOA Campgrounds believes deeply in the importance of both family adventures and giving back to the community. When we saw what Jamie did for the global community and his plans for his nationwide tour we wanted to help make it happen,” reports Gast.

Jamie’s passion for adventure and community service while out traveling will continue on his USA tour as he raises fund and awareness for several worthy causes. He’ll be visiting KOA’s Cancer Care Camps along his route to give rides to kids with terminal cancer, raising funds to expand the Good Hope School in Uganda he co-founded and search for donors to bring more bikes to Africa with Bicycle Relief Fund and clean water to those in need with Charity: Water.

The Family Book Tour’s first free multimedia slideshow presentation will be at Spokesman Bike Shop in Santa Cruz at 6.30pm on April 18. They’ll depart the Santa Cruz KOA on April 25 and head to San Luis Obisbo, Ventura, Pasadena, Orange Country, San Diego in May. They’ll loop back to Northern California and the Bay Area in September and October. aBicycleBuiltForTwoBillion.com.

Wild Coast South Africa.

Always a giggle nearby in Cambodia.

“My girlfriend doesn’t talk back” in Portugal.

 

 

 

 

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Is Adrenaline Healthy?

Adrenaline

Evel Knievel, Caesar’s Palace Dec 31, 1967

I don’t know what to make out of the raw mix of excitement, fear, overwhelm, joy and whoaaaaaaa– the adrenaline filled life– my life.  As a first time author, father of two and leader of a 36-state, 12,000 mile tour around USA I now spend large chunks of time in an adrenaline-filled state.  I don’t think it’s hurting me and is a heck of a lot more fun than my cubicle job I was working about a year ago today–the one I left in exchange for blazing the trail into the unknown.

So far, I have to say this adrenaline feels healthy.  I feel alive, challenged, stretched and like life has purpose again.  We don’t have to jump off a cliff or blaze mountain-bike trails to feel adrenaline–we can have it by going after things we know we should do, but scare the hell out of us.


Santa Cruz Sentinel Article on Jamie Bianchini

Santa Cruz Sentinel

Karen Kefauver, Spin City: ‘Bicycle Built for Two Billion’ details Santa Cruz man’s 8-year odyssey on a tandem bike.

Posted:

Jamie Bianchini never imagined that his business going bankrupt and his girlfriend leaving him would lead to his bicycling around the world — to 81 countries in eight years.

“I was 23 years old and planned to go conquer the business world,” he recalled. “I had graduated from a prestigious entrepreneurship program at USC and won an award for best business plan. I was full of ego.”

But, along the way, he got mired in greed and his lust for money was ruinous.

“My business collapsed, my relationship failed and my friends abandoned me,” Bianchini said. “That five-year chapter of my life ended in the fall of 1999. I had hit rock bottom. … I called my best college buddy and told him I had a dream to bicycle around the world.”

After saving money for a few years, Bianchini and his friend Garryck Hampton set off from Tokyo in April 2002 on their global adventure, dubbed, “Peace Pedalers.” (www.peacepedalers.com). The plan was for each of them to ride tandem mountain bikes and invite local “guest riders” to pedal on the back of their bikes. Some of their hundreds of guest riders lasted a few minutes, others a few weeks….

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A Bicycle Built for Two Billion Family Book Tour

Heartland Sponsors ‘Bicycle Built for 2 Billion’

February 2, 2015 by RVBusiness

Heartland-Bianchini-Brady-Creech-300x169“Heartland Recreational Vehicles LLC is partnering with Jamie Bianchini, offering sponsorship for an upcoming cross-country trek to promote his book, A Bicycle Built for Two Billion, chronicling his eight-year, 80-country world journey on a tandem bike.”

“The Elkhart, Ind.-based builder will be supplying a North Trail travel trailer for the 12,000-mile, 38-city book tour that originates in Santa Cruz, Calif., lands in New York City, then circles back to Southern California. To access the route and schedule for the tour visit www.aBicycleBuiltForTwoBillion.com.”

See article HERE


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Order your copy of “A Bicycle Built For Two Billion” by Jamie Bianchini. Take a ride on Jamie’s custom tandem bicycle as he rides through 81 different countries, connecting with people of all types and connecting with himself.

An amazing book! I couldn’t put it down, I tried to put it down but it adhered to my finger tips. A true human adventure.  –George Simpleton

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Family Book Tour Route

Family Book Tour Route

Family Book Tour Route

As you can see, we are planning on covering a LOT of miles on our Family Book Tour this year! We will be stopping in almost 80 cities throughout the US and hopefully we can meet you at one of our Tour Stop Events.

We are starting off in Santa Cruz California and heading across the southern US to St Augustine FL and then up to the New England area. We’re going to catch our breath and then head across the midwest and then up to our friends in the Seattle area, and finally heading down the West Coast back to home!


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And We’re Off!!!

Here we goYa know that feeling just before going on a scary roller coaster when you’re a kid? The tight feeling in the stomach, the giddy anticipation of wild yet welcomed madness? That’s my daily emotion…18-hours a day from 7AM to 1AM or so is about normal. And there is no end in sight…

Since my family flew to Spain for an extended stay I turned up the volume of production to 11 and finished my book, found a $60,000 travel trailer to borrow from Heartland RV in 2015, helped designed a website, book cover, Kickstarter campaign, shot and edited videos in English and Spanish, planned a nationwide road tour and we still have a LOT to do.

On the agenda now is finding a place to park this house on wheels during the 12,000 mile road trip so we’re hoping to stay at KOA campgrounds. Oh, and a vehicle to pull that 8,000 pound home? Need that too. Hummm. And gas money? Double hummmmmm.

I’m a full time author with a book that’s not out yet so I have to be creative. So the next few weeks are about finding win-win partnerships. Or even win-win-win partnerships.

Sooooooooooo, if I have my way, the future looks like this:

1) KOA Campgrounds hosts us in about 30 states or so and we hook them up with great beneifts
2) We deliver smiles and memories to kids with Cancer at the KOA Kids Camps
3) GM loans us a diesel passenger van to pack in my family and everyone we meet + books + bikes
4) CocoHydro helps us with fuel and we fuel our bodies and let others fuel theirs with their sustainable coconut water hydration products.
5) Panasonic sets us up with some new cameras and presentation gear to capture and share stories
6) Our Kickstarter funds up and covers the printing of the book

If all this happens (or most of it) we will have a comfortable, abundant, fulfilling trip around the USA with a massive box of books to spread the love around USA. If it does not happen, plans B & C can be hatched and we’re still going around the USA and spreading love…just may look different. Either way…It’s on!

Whoaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!


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Book Reviews

“Bianchini’s A Bicycle Built for Two Billion is not about the bike. It’s a life odyssey of epic proportions. Few of us live from the heart. Jamie reminds us how.”   –– Les Stroud (Survivorman)

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An exhilarating debut memoir that chronicles a fallen entrepreneur’s eight-year world tour on a tandem bike. Bianchini’s extraordinary chronicle begins with his often tumultuous childhood and showcases his enduring love of bicycle-riding. He sometimes felt overshadowed by his large extended Northern California family, which fractured when his parents divorced, but his outings on his bike

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5/5

Once I started reading I just couldn’t put it down. The story ended up being so much more than I had expected…more engaging, more unpredictable, more emotional. Jamie shares his own life journey even as he shares a perspective of the world few of us get to see in any country let alone many across

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5/5

As the World Turns “A great ride and finding time to stop and smell the flowers along the way… cultural exposures, meeting people…ups and down of daily life… Ran into these adventurers in Paraguay on the “long bike . Nice to read about their entire exploits… easy reading…”

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5/5

Total Adventure “Even though I already had a connection to this book because I had met Jaimie and Garryck in Japan, I was pleasantly surprised at how well the writing and story layout was. I read 100 pages the first day, simply because I couldn’t put it down! Both then and now, Jaimie has reminded

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5/5

Inspirational Indeed! “Live Big. Give Big.” Stuck in a rut? Read this book! Enough said!

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5/5

Very pleasantly surprised with this book! Bianchini takes a big bite outta life in this adventure (and sometimes pays the price). His honesty is well, honest and his heart seems to be fixed in just the right place. This is definitely ‘feel good’ terrain but with a goal in mind. I highly recommend “A Bicycle

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