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An entertaining and thought-provoking documentary, 10 MPH follows a couple of wannabe filmmakers who quit their mainstream jobs and pooled their financial resources to document their friend’s journey across the United States on a Segway in 2004. The goal, Seattle to Boston in 100 days, at Pony Express speed, is as wacky as it sounds. But sometimes actively participating in our brief lives on this planet requires a certain amount of wacky dreaming. In this case, the journey teaches life lessons about:

  • finances
  • friendship
  • the enormous variety and beauty of the landscape
  • dealing with difficult people
  • trusting strangers
  • how to push past fatigue, illness, and discomfort—just to mention a few

It is fascinating to watch the American landscape morph as the crew’s images trace their infinitesimal progress from west coast to east coast.  Seeing what images and experiences survived the editing room floor from the states I know intimately: Washington, Idaho, Wyoming, and Colorado, particularly quickened my heart. Likewise, it is interesting to note that as the landscape changes, so do the people—in the way they talk, dress, and make a living—however curiosity, interest, and hospitality follow the crew across the country—except in the case of one ridiculously tight-assed cop somewhere in Illinois. Was it my imagination or did the western part of the trip result in far more landscape images than the character driven last half of the journey? Hmmm, I wonder why.

Its easy to get caught up in the energy and spirit of people who “just get out there and do stuff. People who forget about corporate constipation and roll up their sleeves to do what needs to be done,” to dream big, to live each day fully engaged in the moment. It inspires me want to pursue my dream of driving the small roads across the country some day, but I think I’ll leave the Segway at home. 10 mph trailer