Two men and a toolkit travelling 4,000 miles from Fairbanks to Los Angeles in a 35-year old car. We couldn’t resist the smell of adventure and followed Jimmy George Francis and Sean Johnstun on their journey from Fairbanks down to Los Angeles. Part one of our video trilogy
A writer looking for his voice, a photographer with sleepy eyes, and three German filmmakers walk into a bar in Alaska… what could easily be the beginning of a bad joke is the first blog entry by Jimmy George Francis and Sean Johnstun before their journey from Fairbanks, Alaska down to Los Angeles in a 35-year old car.
The distance they are about to cover is 4,218 miles to be precise. However, this is of little consequence. The goal is the journey. If you remember JG and Sean from our California Cool article, you already know that these guys know how to turn work into a lifestyle. They don’t hurry back home down the highway in a cheap rental car or sleep on a Greyhound to make it back as quickly as possible. True to JG’s favorite Hemingway quote "The shortest answer is doing the thing", the reason for this trip is a light beige 1976 Mercedes-Benz 240 D with only 46,000 original miles that JG bought unseen in Fairbanks and that now needs to be taken home to LA to be restored. So this is no mere return trip. This is what turned out to be a 2-week journey with all the little challenges, jaw-dropping views and moments of self-discovery that you’d expect from a decent road trip.
See for yourself and watch the first part of our video trilogy “A Long Way” above and check out JG and Sean’s beautiful photography. Part 2 coming next week – this time with the adventurers themselves as our guest authors. Join us on Facebook so you don’t miss it!
Part 2 and part 3 now online.
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