There are some people in life that when you think of them, you’re taken back to the very first time you met. That’s the case with Todd Blubaugh. It was The One Motorcycle Show 2013. Guys and bikes were lined up knuckle to knuckle to get shot by the official photographer that year, Scotty Toepfer. Todd’s voice, aura, and smile just kinda lit up a 20 ft circle around him. Not in an obnoxious way either, it was all good. You just knew he was a special human. Above is the pic I snapped of him over Scotty Toepfer’s shoulder. We’ve kept in touch a little bit, but if he were to call me tomorrow and was within a 50 mile radius and wanted to grab a cold one– I’d be there. He’s released a very personal project called Too Far Gone that you can order now.
Todd Blubaugh quit his job in pursuit of adventure on the open road. His long-planned trip crisscrossing the nation was meant to be an escape and an opportunity to forge a new existence while pursuing his twin passions for photography and motorcycle culture. With the passing of Todd’s parents only days before his expected departure, his journey took on unanticipated gravity.
All told, Todd spent six months on the road, touching down in various U.S. cities during his transcontinental trip. His time spent traveling marks a personal sea change, and a period of great self-discovery. Too Far Gone is the photographic and anecdotal account of his experiences, presented through short vignettes as well as personal letters and artifacts. Threads of human experience weave throughout the text, presented in Todd’s compassionate voice and provide the reader with deep access to every detail of his trip, from the fine points of motorcycle culture to the deeply personal stories Todd encountered along the road. Too Far Gone breaks with the traditional motorcycle adventure narrative, joining mixed media pieces with a compelling story to create an engrossing visual experience.