Rick Gunn presents at Marlette Hall, 7 p.m.
Photographer Rick Gunn has done something many people have thought about, but almost no one has the courage to do: he left his job to take a bicycle journey around the world. Gunn brings his 90-minute presentation "Soulcycler, Words and Images
From a 25,811-Mile Bicycle Journey Around-The-World," to Western Nevada College.
The multimedia show will be Wednesday, March 11, 7 p.m. at Marlette Hall, Cedar Building at Western's Carson City campus. The suggested donation is $10.
His presentation combines 350 breath-taking photos from 33 countries, set to music, accompanied by a selection of uniquely emotional stories from around the globe. Inspired by a series of formative experiences during his childhood, Gunn delivers a front-row seat for the pursuit of his lifelong dream of cycling the planet.
"I'm looking forward to this show," Gunn said. "The Brewery Arts Center show in November was sold out, and a lot of people have asked when I'm going to have another presentation in Carson City."
The former news photographer is working on a book about his two-year, 10-month solo bicycle journey. In his typical globe-trotting style, Gunn will leave in March to write for two months in Scotland. He plans to take side trips to cycle in the Pyrenees and Italian Alps during breaks in compiling his book.
Gunn was much more than an observer on his journey around the world. He was transformed by the war, poverty, and disease he found along the way. He volunteered at an AIDS hospice in Thailand, and covered bomb extraction and mine victim rehabilitation in Laos and Vietnam. He was moved when visiting an orphanage in Nepal.
Gunn said the audiences at his presentation mirror his activism. "The question and answer sessions after the shows are great. The audiences just don't sit back - they get involved and ask what they can do to help. One of the things I've learned is that everybody can do something."
By viewing the world from the seat of a bicycle, Gunn is able to deliver a
first-hand account of the realization of a dream, the current state of the planet, and what it means to care.
Press Release: March 2, 2009
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