For many travelers, the moment arrives when your spirit yearns for adventure. It takes courage to leave the comforts and security of home to explore the unknown. Maud Scheid heeded life’s call and took one year off from work in France to ride her bicycle around North and South America. She begins her journey in Alaska and will be bicycling down to San Francisco over the next 5 months. She will then fly to Peru and continue her trip in South America. It was a joy to have Maud stay at our hostel during her travels. Carrying all your possessions on a bike for one year takes organization and endurance. We wish Maud a safe journey filled with friendship and adventure.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you did not do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain
Bicycling around the world takes courage and a discipline. Over the past two years at Base Camp Anchorage many bicyclists on inspiring journeys have stayed with us. Michael Conway arrived to our hostel earlier this year with a goal of bicycling from Alaska to Argentina. That’s a little over 8000 miles or 12,874 km. He set aside 2-3 years for this trip and assembled his bicycle using parts from different bicycle manufacturers.
Mike has logged over 17,000 miles bicycling in various countries throughout Asia and through his Native Australia. Riding through the outback desert of Australia can be especially harsh as water or supplies may not be available for miles and days. To get around this hurdle Mike improvised and built an extra compartment on his bicycle capable of holding several liters of water. You can see that compartment in the above picture.
Michael began his Alaska to Agentina trip in May and when we last checked he had arrived in Mexico City. You can follow his journey on his blog at
We are appreciative Mike stayed at Base Camp Anchorage and become part of our family. He is an inspiration to many travelers and motivates many to pursue their dreams.
We wish him a continued smooth journey
Many brave souls courageously make the journey; they get on their bicycles and use the power of their legs to explore the world. Several bicyclists stayed at Base Camp Anchorage this past year and they all impressed us with their stories and their perseverance. One couple (Billy and Anna) began their journey in Alaska with intentions to bicycle a majority of the way down to South America. They arrived at our doorstep in July and we are happy to announce they are still on their journey 8 months later !!! Billie and Anna became immediate family to all of us, true Ozzie’s and a joy to have. Billy, (a brewmaster back home) is also on a bike to brewery expedition sampling beers from microbreweries along the way.
One of their biggest set backs was their bikes getting stolen in Mt. Vernon, Washington, after just having crossed from Canada. They lost their passports, gear, and their transportation. As often happens, in these tragedies we also see the kindness of our countrymen and women. Police, news stations, and the local community banded together to raise money to help get them back on the road. The thief’s were apprehended a few months later and a majority of their gear returned.
We send along our love and raise a glass to their triumphant journeys. I have attached a link to their blog below, they are entertaining mates, be sure to read their stories.