Love On A Bike (And A Kickstarter Campaign Worth Supporting)

Last week an email dropped into our box from fellow adventurer Tom Allen.

“Would you be up for doing a review of ‘Janapar’?” he asked. We didn’t have to think long. Absolutely we would! Ever since we saw the trailer a few months back, we’ve been waiting anxiously for the film to be released.

It didn’t disappoint.

We’re not film critics so we won’t launch into a detailed review. We’ll simply say that this is the stuff of bike touring dreams and hard reality all rolled into one. It pairs breathtaking landscapes with moments of intense self reflection, and then there’s an unexpected romance with a charming woman…

The film is just barely out of the starting gates (it’s been shown at some film festivals and will soon be released on DVD and as a digital download). You’d think Tom might be ready for a break but instead he’s launched straight into the mammoth task of producing a book as well.

To do this, Tom is asking for your help to finish it via a Kickstarter campaign so if your interest is piqued, take a look. We’ll be pledging our support. Here’s Tom to tell you about it in his own words:


  1. Martin L. M.
    1st November 2012 at 1:03 pm #

    Hi Travellingtwo,

    I have followed you and Tom amungst others online telling their story.

    I would not mind helping if you would contact Tom and set up an event here in the Netherlands.

    What do you think?


    • friedel
      1st November 2012 at 1:08 pm #

      Funny you should mention that, Martin. One of the options on Tom’s Kickstarter campaign is for a personal screening. It would cost about 600 euros but I have checked with Tom and if we can get the funds together then he would come to the Netherlands. We would happily host it.

      If you’re interested, let me know. We’d need 10-12 people to kick in about 50 euros each. Andrew and I make two….

      • Martin L. M.
        1st November 2012 at 1:29 pm #

        For sure lets get Tom on the road and to the Netherlands.

        I think you have more contacts in the biking community here in the Netherlands than i so finding 10-12 people should be possible.

        Let me know what you think is possible?

        May they can host or ponsor?

      • friedel
        1st November 2012 at 8:23 pm #

        Your Dutch is better than mine! Do you want to put a notice on the Wereldfietser forum? You can link them to this site or tell them to get in touch with me. One more friend has volunteered, so that makes 4…. I’ll try to contact some more people.

  2. Martin L. M.
    1st November 2012 at 10:59 pm #

    Well i am not Dutch either, but i do speak and write Dutch all right.
    I will make a post on werled fietser and see how many people we can collect for this.

    Will you check with Tom when it is possible for him to come over? and where should it be then ? would he be able to show to movie and a small presentation?

    • friedel
      3rd November 2012 at 5:27 pm #

      Give me a few days. I’ve sent some emails out to people who might help organise a Dutch screening. Let’s see what happens…

      • Tom Allen
        15th December 2012 at 10:56 am #

        I’d really like to do a screening in the Netherlands – let’s get the ball rolling!

  3. Justin
    8th November 2012 at 4:52 pm #

    I’m a backer!

  4. Margo Mactaggart
    11th November 2012 at 6:03 pm #

    Beautiful cinematography, but I wonder how may of you read the sample chapter? What does his mother think of his using “fucking” as an adjective five times in the introduction to the book? (He says he wants her to read it!) Does it add to his description, and what will his editor think?

    • Tom Allen
      15th December 2012 at 10:55 am #

      Hi Margo,

      Good questions. The profanities in the sample chapter have all been edited out since the draft that you read. There are a few swear words later on, but the narrator has very much ‘earned’ them by that point. And no, I don’t mind my mum reading it!


      • Margo M
        29th December 2012 at 2:42 pm #

        Much better! Not just less profanity …. but an improved narrative. Hmmmm …perhaps I should buy a copy?


  5. Mikael
    15th December 2012 at 11:45 am #

    I’m in for the 25 pounds, how do you want the money?

  6. Mark
    15th December 2012 at 6:17 pm #

    I’m also in for £25.

    How do I pay?

  7. Mark
    27th January 2013 at 12:25 pm #

    Well Im just going to say that I got to see the first ( i think?!) screening last night in London at “look mum no hands” and I absolutley loved it. It was a fine balance between adventure and romance which definitely resonated with me. Thumbs up!!!

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