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Slideshow: HitchBiking America · Wednesday, March 29th

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Organized by: Jessica Mellage.

Start: Wednesday, Mar. 29th, 7:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting location: ESB 2012

Description:

 

HITCHBIKING AMERICA

- Bicycle Traveling From Alaska To Panama City - 

 

 

Scenic mountains, endless forests, pouring rain, burning sunshine, the never ending Alaska Highway, loneliness, astonishing wildlife such as bears, moose or eagles are the first things I remember when I think about my travels with a bicycle from Alaska to Panama City.

 

I have had the dream to travel across North America on a bicycle and I made it happen. I started my traveling in June 2014 in Anchorage, Alaska, United States. In the coming weeks and months I made my way down through Alaska, Yukon, British Columbia to Vancouver, BC, then down the US west coast, the Baja California, Mexico, Central America to Panama City. It took me about a year.

 

During this time, I wanted to put the emphasis on traveling, not only on cycling, as I would not be the first person to bike the Great Alaska Highway or across Central America. 

 

Instead, for me it was a major goal to experience, see and feel new interesting stuff and places, meet people, talk to them, make friends - and most importantly - not being eaten by bears or hit by trucks.

 

As the country is vast, the distances are so long, rain sometimes seems to fall forever, sun brutally burns all kinds of life and apparently endless forests and deserts may get boring, I also wanted to travel with other means of transportation: Buses, ferries, trains, or even get a ride from nice truck drivers. That´s why I called my traveling:

 

HitchBiking America

 

This adventure was not only an intense experience in the outdoors of North America, but also an impressive proof of the extraordinary hospitality and graciousness, not only, but in particular of the Canadian people. I am inviting you to listen to my travel story. With this presentation, I would like to thank you for the many good things that I experienced, and the many friends that I made.

 

Be inspired - as I was - by watching this short film about biking the Great Divide:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqCYE-Smqf4

 

Looking forward to seeing you!

 

 

Matthias

 

Posted: 2017-03-18 09:36:46