6 Days and 3000 Miles in 12 Photos

 

On a mid-June morning in Oceanside CA, I began filming my first full-length documentary. For the next 6 days I shot videos and stills as four women and twelve crew members raced across America.

 

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Hours after the start the racer sees her first sunset.

 

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Bikes and rider loaded in the follow vehicle, the crew closes the door and leapfrogs ahead of the rider-on-course to set up for the next exchange point.

 

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An orange sunrise over the eastern plains of Colorado gives warning that we have left the cool air of the Rockies.

 

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With clear skies and 100 plus degrees, irrigation systems across Kansas transformed the land into America’s breadbasket.

 

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A pair of yellow flashing lights gives the only warning of roads crossing in the isolated rural heartland.

 

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Racing from West to East, St Louis becomes the “Gateway to the East” and a psychological halfway point for the racers and crew.

 

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As the racer-on-course approaches, the relay member takes off with a refreshed determination that will speed her through the next twenty minutes to the following exchange point.

 

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In the hills of West Virginia, the evening magic hour provided a quick opportunity to capture the wonderful landscape we raced through.

 

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Racer and follow vehicle cautiously turn a corner in early morning of the last day.

 

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Sunrise at one of many wonderfully worn barns of Maryland.

 

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Rider and follow vehicle emerge from a valley with the finish line a few hours ahead.

 

JSH

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