Did you know that shipping a bike from New York City to Alaska costs about $600?
Instead, I reach out to some Anchorage hosts on Warm Showers –– the Couchsurfing for cyclists. I ask if anyone can lend me their bike and Jason responds almost instantly.
Jason and Debbie have a garage so well stocked, it looks like a bike shop. Jason lends me his Surly Long Haul Trucker for the trip and Debbie lends me her rain pants. But it doesn’t stop there. Jason also picks up Erik from the airport, fixes his brakes, and outfits his bike with better tires.
“Some of the roads you’ll be on are pretty gravely and I want you guys to have a good time in Alaska.”