"We're All in This Together:" A Documentary About Relying on the Kindness of Strangers on a 7,000-Mile Journey

In 2018, Daniel Troia rode across the country (and most of the way back) without bringing any of his own food or money. He relied on donations from people along the way, and set out to prove that people are inherently good. His self-produced documentary We're All in This Together premieres on January 12th on Apple TV, Amazon Prime, and Google Play.

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Earl Laughter January 18, 2024, 5:30 PM

I have to agree with Bob & T.J. for the most part. I am really tired of people telling me because of the color of my skin I am somehow privilege. Like most people of all colors we work hard for what we have. I used to buy spices from a company called Penzey's Spices (I am a bit of a chef) but had to quit purchasing from them when they used their catalog to go on and on about the name of a football team, all the oppressed people in the world (white people bad minorities good). Cooking like cycling should be a JOYFULL event not some sad commentary on society as a whole. If I meet you on a trail and your color is different than mine your still a brother or sister who I hope finds the open road as JOYFULL as I. If you need help I wont check you race or anything else about you other than you may need help.

I admire what Troia did, but conflicted on the pan handling, I get it but not sure I like it, if I had seen him and understood what he was doing I would have donated to him, but not to just a 'give me money' sign.

What SHOULD be the only thing to say about this article is wow what an accomplishment! I'm 64 and had bypass surgery three years ago, none of my cycling will ever rise to the level what I read about in adventure cycling. I admire all these young peoples adventures (If your younger that 60 your young) Regrets are what you have when you reach my age, not for what you've done but for what you should have or wish you had done when your body was capable of it.

Breath deep my friends, life is good, "some people have a thousand adventures, other relive the same adventure a thousand times". Please write about the JOY of cycling the valleys the mountains, the wind at your back or sun on your face. The sad part of life will be there when we return from those all to brief moments of JOY.

Bob Carreau January 18, 2024, 1:32 PM

You're right when you say " People watching the film might find themselves wondering about the morality ... where a person who is able to take a leave of absence from work (and buy his own food), asks for and accepts donations, including from people using their food stamps". Cycling is an indulgence, which I enjoy and apparently so does Daniell Troia. Why would anyone pay for someone else's indulgence. Maybe next time he could golf across the country and get people to pay his green fees, or try out high end restaurants and get some kind soul to pick up the tab - all while doing "research on kindness". Sorry, I call this type of endeavour free-loading. I have been the recipient of much kindness along the route as I cycle (without holding a sign up that says "feed me"). I always feel a responsibility to repay this kindness along the way - buying someone who is homeless (not on paid leave) a coffee/sandwich and chatting with them, as folks do. That's how our indulgence leaves a positive legacy in our paths.

Linda Gryczan February 7, 2024, 4:18 PM

I welcome the diverse voices making their way into Adventure Cycling articles. To my fellow and sister white cyclists--it is easy to not see the way our way is eased through the world. I don't often come home thinking that I have not been pulled over for driving while white, the bank offered me a loan, and 20 heads didn't pivot when I walked into a room. I am reminded my experience is far from universal, when I hear my Indigenous and Black friends compare stories of merely going about their days.

This doesn't mean all of us don't work hard for what we have. It is easy not to notice the doors opened to us, until we hear from those who cannot take this for granted.

T.W. Day January 18, 2024, 4:50 AM

Well, you lost me as a reader and subscriber when you brought race and privilege into it. As a white guy I have never been privileged. I've had to work hard and fight for everything I have. I wasn't born into wealth and I can sure as hell tell you that my skin color has NEVER helped me advance in anything. Want to know privilege? State and federal contracts reserved for those who were not white. That's privilege. Special business loans for those who aren't white. That's privilege. And all these things I had to compete with as a contractor all because I was white. Don't talk to me about privilege. Your site is worthless if it brings in race and privilege. There is no place for it in bicycling or any sport or hobby. You folks need to do some research about privilege. Because you don't have a clue.

Dennis J. Whittaker January 18, 2024, 9:11 AM

Agree wholeheartedly with T.W. Day - it's exactly the kind of stuff that discourages me from many cycling-related pages

PW January 19, 2024, 11:32 AM

Agreed! But this Bike Bits as always had that agenda. I'll occasionally read the articles, but just read around their politics

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