The Pedalshift Project 120: Touring Alaska on and off a tandem

Ella Embree is a born and bred Alaskan with a big sense of adventure. Recently Ella was inspired by Lael Wilcox to tackle a new adventure – bicycle touring 1000 miles around her home state, some on a tandem. On this episode we chat on the eve of the first leg!

Pedalshift 120: Touring Alaska

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Opening ramble

  • Hope you’re enjoying the Katy Trail saga! We’re taking a breather this episode to fit in an interview I did with Ella Embree as she tackles a big tour of Alaska! Chapter 3 will be coming next week, so stay tuned! Check out chapter 1 and chapter 2 if you haven’t yet!
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The interview: Touring Alaska with Ella Embree

Ella Embree is a born and bred Alaskan with a big sense of adventure. Her blog, Thrive Outside chronicles her adventures in and out of The Last Frontier. Recently Ella was inspired by Lael Wilcox to tackle a new adventure – bicycle touring 1000 miles around her home state. 
 
  • Ella, you’re about to start an amazing adventure… 1000 miles of cycling in Alaska! What’s the ride route look like, especially to people who aren’t familiar with the state?
  • What got you interested in doing this ride?
  • A portion of the ride will be on a tandem bike – what are the differing challenges between riding a single versus a tandem for a ride like this?
  • Will the gear you bring differ based on sections and what services are available (or not available)?
  • A day out from the beginning of your ride – what’s the thing that excites you most and what the thing that feels most daunting?
  • Where can people learn more about your ride?

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