It was after the accident that Pearson and Wrona (who were dating at the time and got married during the time covered in the film) decided that the ride could be made into a film, they said.
“When Pearson decided to bike across the country for road safety and so that it wouldn’t happen to other people, somewhere in the early recovery stage, is when I decided to make a film about it,” Wrona said.
Despite his bones healing, Pearson continued to have constant back pain, which would become one of many obstacles the brothers faced in completing the ride.
The ride itself covered about 3,500 miles over the course of 51 days. Their pace was roughly 100 miles a day with some rest days mixed in. Due to the strenuous pace of the riding, both brothers get worn down at different times and on a couple of occasions can’t finish the day’s scheduled route. They also struggle at times with injuries from falling, flat tires and illness.
At times, particularly in Iowa, the brothers are forced to ride in the road because there is no paved shoulder. Though law gives them the right to use a lane for riding, many motorists honk at them and come dangerously close behind, a direct demonstration of the behavior they hoped the film would improve.
“My hope was that it [the film] would help get people behind the wheel to think about a human being riding a bike and not just an obstacle in the road that they need to deal with,” Pearson said.
Sharing the road is also the responsibility of cyclists, a point hit on by Pete in a scene where the brothers talk to a group of cyclists in Albany.
Rather than just complaining about poor roads and inconsiderate motorists, cyclists can help by being courteous and waving in appreciation to motorists who are respectful of their right to the road, he said.