Kickstarter Alert: John Guider Seeks Funding for His Journey Around the Great Loop

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And speaking of Kickstarter ... you may recall the adventures of John Guider, documented last month in the Scene's People Issue 2011. After a successful career as a commercial photographer, Guider decided to throw caution to the wind: In August 2003, he gave up his daily grind, dragged a canoe to the creek that ran through his backyard — the Harpeth River —¬†and rowed to New Orleans. He documented the excursion in a gorgeous book of photographs, The River Inside. Since then, he's embarked on a series of increasingly challenging trips.

His latest mission: rowing and sailing the Great Loop in a 14-and-a-half-foot boat he built himself. That's a 5,000-plus-mile journey down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico, around Florida and up the East Coast, then up the Hudson, through the Great Lakes to the Illinois River, and back down the Mississippi. He's doing it in stages, and so far he's made it as far as Sarasota, Fla.

If you'd like to help Guider complete the next two-month leg of his mammoth journey, check out his Kickstarter campaign. As of this writing, he's got $4,380 of his $5,000 goal, with about eight days to go. His campaign ends at 4:27 p.m. Friday, April 15. Ten bucks will get you a personalized postcard from Key West, $150 will get you a signed, limited-edition copy of The River Inside and more. And there are several other donor levels available, starting as low as $1.

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