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Video of the Week: Ricky Gates Runs Across the US in “Transamericana”

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Strap in folks, because this is a long one. The first minutes of this film may feel like there’s going to be an obvious political stance or underlying agenda, but I challenge you to keep watching because you’ll find that Transamericana is pleasantly devoid of politics. It’s a story about human connection, and discovering that sometimes the biggest journey is not the one that we’re undertaking on foot, but instead, our own internal journey of discovery and growth that physical challenges uncover. Ricky Gates is a professional runner, and while his feat seems super-human, he is indeed flesh and blood. This is his story of running 3700 miles, from the Atlantic to the Pacific coast.


When he's not publishing campervan content or gear reviews on ExPo, Matt Swartz is honing his paragliding skills, hiking a 14er, or exploring the backroads of Colorado. His love of travel has seen him bike across the United States, as well as explore more exotic destinations like the Amazon basin and Patagonia. Matt spent three years living in a 1964 RV with his partner, Amanda. He's worked as an Interpretive Ranger and Wildland Firefighter and his photography and writing has been published in Rova Magazine, the Leatherman blog, 'Hit The Road' by Gestalten Publishing, and Forbes.