Musician Ben Sollee has kicked off his highly anticipated Fall 2010 "Ditch the Van Tour," which will find the cellist bicycling to get to performances — everywhere from California to Pennsylvania to Kentucky — totally car-free!

The first chapter of their video series (expect two per week for the next eight weeks) shows the intrepid tour team weigh in, gather their gear, and prepare to pedal the first leg of their 1,500+ mile journey. And yes, there's plenty of goodbyes to their excess body fat (aka, bellies).

For more on the tour, hit the official Ben Sollee site here.

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Watch: Ditch the Van Bike Tour kicks off
Bicycling cellist Ben Sollee and crew pedal the first leg of their very green 2010 fall tour.