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Photos: Bikepacking around the world

Lier, Belgium at night, on the GR12 footpath to Brussels.
Courtesy of Nicholas Carman and Lael Wilcox
Lael Wilcox and Nicholas Carman on the Arizona Trail, after returning from five months in Europe.
Courtesy of Nicholas Carman and Lael Wilcox
We descend the grassy spine of Polonina Borzhava in the Carpathian Mountains of Ukraine.
Courtesy of Nicholas Carman and Lael Wilcox
In five months across Europe, this camp atop limestone cliffs in Crimea (then part of Ukraine) is one of the best.
Courtesy of Nicholas Carman and Lael Wilcox
Photos from the last trip Nicholas Carman and Lael Wilcox took to Europe are displayed across a wall during a presentation on Wednesday evening, July 16, 2014, at The Bicycle Shop on Dimond Boulevard. The duo flew to Vienna in late July to resume European travels by bicycle.
Erik Hill
Nicholas Carman reads from his article Backpacking Europe from the current issue of Bicycle Times during a presentation on Wednesday evening, July 16, 2014, at The Bicycle Shop on Dimond Boulevard. Carman organized the event, titled The Art of Bikepacking, which also featured Eric Parsons of Revelate Designs and adventure photographer Dan Bailey.
Erik Hill
Photos of Ukraine from the last trip Nicholas Carman and Lael Wilcox took to Europe are displayed across a back wall during a presentation on Wednesday evening, July 16, 2014, at The Bicycle Shop on Dimond Boulevard. The duo flew to Vienna in late July to resume European travels by bicycle.
Erik Hill
We set up camp in the Ukraine Carpathians, under the mountain Plai.
Courtesy of Nicholas Carman and Lael Wilcox
Along the Our River in Luxembourg, layers of signage indicate the GR-5 footpath, and the way to Santiago de Compostela in Spain.
Courtesy of Nicholas Carman and Lael Wilcox
A segment of signed trail points towards the High Tatra Mountains in southern Poland.
Courtesy of Nicholas Carman and Lael Wilcox
A full day of bikepacking the red trail ends at a mountain hut on the border of Poland and Slovakia.
Courtesy of Nicholas Carman and Lael Wilcox
Lael pushes her bike up a steep trail along the Black Sea in Crimea, only several months before Russian involvement in the area.
Courtesy of Nicholas Carman and Lael Wilcox
Alaska Dispatch News

Many of us work all year to afford a few weeks of vacation play or relaxation.

But Anchorage’s Lael Wilcox has turned that Working Stiff Formula on its head. She and partner Nicholas Carman work only as long as necessary to afford lengthy bike trips in others parts of the world. And now they’re off again, leaving last week to ride through Europe over the next few months. In addition to Europe, they’ve pedaled across Canada and the United States, including riding across the Great Divide and down the East Coast from Maine to Key West.

Before they left Alaska's largest city earlier this month, they shared their story with hundreds of people during a show-and-tell session at The Bicycle Shop.

“We spent half of last year bikepacking across Europe, and are soon to embark on another period of travel, beginning in Eastern Europe, where we left off last time,” Carman wrote on his blog before the session.

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