Most people don’t know this, but thousands of individuals have taken on the life changing challenge of riding a bike coast-to-coast in America. There are multiple trails mapped out for this, one being the Trans-America trail and another utilizing the “Northern Tier” trail. The full ride can take months to complete and it absolutely will change anyone who takes on the challenge.
For most people who travel from point A to point B, a vehicle of some kind is used which creates solutions to a lot of problems. Needing to outrun a thunderstorm, for example, or re-supplying water.
But when you’re pedaling everywhere you go, your legs are the engine and your bike is the vehicle. If you’re 30 miles from safety, shelter, food and water… you have to pedal 30 miles.
The stories of those who embrace the challenge and ride a bike extremely long distances are amazing. It’s a compelling set of stories about overcoming hardship, fear, physical and mental hurdles, etc. And it can present some of the most stunning visual backdrops.
The Long Grind – Season 1 will follow a rider (or pair of riders) on a 1,500 mile journey across a major portion of the Northern Trail. From the northern coast of the state of Washington to Fargo, North Dakota, to be exact.
And while the journey will be slightly “supported” due to needs of production/filming of the show, the rider/riders will in large part be on their own for the bulk of the adventure.
Is this something you think you might be a good fit for? Are you interested in the long grind challenge as a part of your life and personal travel journey?
If so, check out the auditions page and watch for the October 15th update when the audition process goes live.
- When will Season 1 be filmed? August, September and October of 2018.
- Will I need my own bike and bike equipment? Yes.
- Will I be paid for the journey? You will be an official show/channel host entitling you to $0.50 per ENTV subscriber for one year.
- Will I be supported while on the road? A production crew will always be within driving distance in case of emergency. And will be present throughout the journey to film and help with personal vlog filming. Rider/riders/hosts are expected to take on the challenge independently and with as little assistance as possible. This is critical to the basic narrative of the story arc for the show.