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Photos: Bikepacking around the world

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  • Updated: September 28, 2016
  • Published July 29, 2014

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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