Touring Talk episode 5: shoestring cycle touring by worldbiking


Ben (20) and Leann (22)




Minnesota to Alaska

Pre-tour  gear investment:

$400 all inclusive

Longest period of time without showering:

14 days through northern British Columbia and the Yukon

Longest distance covered in a single day:

163 kilometers

Tour style:

wild camping, self-catering and a lot of friendly competition


Ben and Leann Adventures

Touring Talk: cycle touring on a shoestring budget

3 thoughts on “Touring Talk: cycle touring on a shoestring budget

  • September 22, 2011 at 7:56 AM

    I am surprised and amazed at how many bears you saw while cycling, particularly along the well travelled Icefields Highway. But even more interesting is your thoughts on choosing a colleague for a cycling trip, even if you have only been dating for four months. A fun and inspiring story. Thanks.

    • September 23, 2011 at 1:57 PM

      The fact that Ben and Leann took off after just beginning a relationship is an amazingly big step so early on. They appear to have figured out the right rhythm for a cycling duo and I’m happy to report that they’ve made it all the way to Anchorage.

      As for bears…Canada’s full of them. We’ve seen 25 so far, including 2 grizzlies, although we haven’t been charged as was the case with Ben and Leann.

    • October 17, 2011 at 11:53 PM

      Yep, those two are pretty amazing! They seemed perfectly suited to each other.


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