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Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture

Soulcycler Rick Gunn: Pedaling Love and Compassion

Posted on July 5, 2016
Filed Under Bike Culture, Tahoe-Truckee Profiles

Rick Gunn PhotographyOn July 1, 2005, he started his journey from the Golden Gate Bridge. Thirty-three countries, 25,811 miles and 34 months later, he returned to South Lake Tahoe.

Rick Gunn, photographer, writer and adventurer from South Lake Tahoe, is on a mission to spread more love, compassion and understanding about our world through his captivating Soulcycler presentations.

“Soulcycler, Words And Images From a 25,811-Mile Bicycle Journey Around-The-World.” “Soulcycler” combines 350 breath-taking photos from 33 countries, set to music, accompanied by a selection of uniquely emotional stories from around the globe. Inspired by a series of formative experiences during his childhood, Gunn delivers a front-row seat to the pursuit of his lifelong dream of cycling the planet.

Ultimately transformed by scenes of war, poverty, and disease along the way, Gunn begins dedicating his journey to the greater good, expanding his definition of what it means to care, to give, and to love. Whether reporting from an orphanage in Nepal, volunteering in an AIDS Hospice in Thailand, Covering Bomb extraction and mine victim rehabilitation in Laos and Vietnam, to simply planting trees in Borneo, “Soulcycler” delivers a first hand account the realization of a dream, the current state of the planet, and what it means to care.

Rick’s captivating, heart warming 3-year journey around the world has changed all of our lives, including his own. He saw a lot of beauty and humanity in the world, as well as suffering and heartache; the suffering still haunts him today.

Without a doubt, Rick’s pursuit of raising money for the Make a Wish Foundation and finding the meaning of life has enriched all of us. His amazing photography and stories are gentle reminders of the power of isolation and simple daily interactions with nature and fellow human beings. That’s why he’s known as the Soulcycler.

If you have experienced Rick’s life altering presentation, “Soulcycler, Words And Images From a 25,811-Mile Bicycle Journey Around-The-World”, you’ll want to share his message with all your friends.

Rick’s presentations are perfect for helping businesses, kids and adults find the true definition of humanity, and for helping us to make it a daily practice.

Peace & Love

About Rick Gunn, aka Soulcycler:

Rick currently lives in South Lake Tahoe although the world is his home.

With over 15 years of daily newspaper experience, photojournalist and writer Rick Gunn has traveled throughout the world, bringing back unique photos and stories from around the planet.

His photos have been published in People Magazine, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Sacramento Bee, Nevada Magazine, Cerca Magazine and several books.

An avid traveler, adventure-cyclist and ethno-photographer, Gunn has produced countless photo essays while cycling across Zanzibar, Tanzania, Central China, Thailand, Ecuador and Indonesia as well as treks in Nepal, Malaysia, Europe and along the borders of Afghanistan and Pakistan in Western China. He has been rescued by Muslim clerics in China, charged by yaks in Nepal, bitten by monkeys in India, attached by leaches in Malaysia and robbed at gunpoint in South America.

Rick is currently working on a book about his Soulcycler adventures based upon his 55 travel journals. To learn more about Rick, his journals and photography, please visit www.soulcycler.com.

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