Where The River Meets the Road

During the summer of 2018 I completed a 1,350 mile bikerafting loop through Alaska that I’m calling “Where The River Meets The Road.” My goals were to promote low-impact travel, encourage human-powered exploration in Alaska, and inspire other people – especially women – to tackle solo adventures.

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A general overview of the route: Red is bike (approx 1,000 miles total, 40% off-pavement), blue is packraft (approx 250 miles total), and orange is by train.

An interactive, detailed map of the route can be found here and I’ve provided a detailed description of the route below.

But this adventure was about more than just pedaling and paddling. I’m a grateful recipient of the Kyle Dempster Solo Adventure Award, and have also received generous support from Alpacka RaftsCorpore Sano Physical TherapyLa Sportiva, Black Diamond, Duct Tape Then Beer, Hyperlite Mountain Gear, Revelate DesignsProBar, Outdoor Research, Kenmore Camera, and Four Leaf Spirits. This support has put me in a unique position to pay it forward. With much of my gear and expenses covered, I had more time and energy to tackle another aspect of the adventure: fundraising.

As a female cyclist and mother to an 8-yr old girl, I love the idea of getting more young girls involved in cycling. I also wanted to contribute directly to one of the communities I rode through. Therefore, during my adventure I raised over $1000 for Anchorage GRIT, to help cover program costs such as cabin rentals, racks, locks, water bottle cages, and food.
Committing to this route as a fundraiser made the adventure even more meaningful, and gave me that extra boost to keep going on the toughest days. Donations of any amount are still greatly appreciated, and can be made here.

Trip Report:

The story of my adventure was published on Bikepacking.com, as well as on the Alpacka website. Hyperlite Mountain Gear also interviewed me about the trip.

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