Special thanks to:

Lucy Baranko – for being one of the main reasons why this tour actually happened… without her asking me to visit her in Anchorage at the end of my internship in New Jersey, this tour would have never made its way onto my mind; in addition for being great support before and during my trip, plus for driving parts of my luggage from New Jersey all the way up to Alaska; last but not least for being a great host in Anchorage

Jens Bergmann – for helping me with the research, for tips and tricks, for regularly motivating me, and for always being available for any sorts of questions

Robert Broughton – for being my very first point of contact regarding this tour who did not only give me a lot of very helpful initial advice about the route, about the type of bike to use, about realistic time frames, and about a lot more of such basic knowledge regarding a long bike tour which I have never ever done before, he also probably was the one because of whose optimistic approach that such a tour is definitely doable, the idea for doing this tour did not remain a “crazy idea” in my head, but actually came true [http://broughton.ca/bcakfaq.html]

Cosmic Wheel (bike shop in Ridgefield Park, New Jersey) – for great support regarding all matters concerning my bicycle (initial advice, getting me a very good bike together, and making it ready for the trip including a lot of the extras – all in a competent, patient and friendly manner with reasonable prices) [http://www.cosmicwheel.com/]

Laura Daub – for being one of the main reasons why this tour actually happened… her being in or near Calgary during the summer made it even more obvious that my starting point would be from Calgary; as well as for being available during my tour – in case of an emergency I knew that she would have helped me in whatever way; last but not least for being a great motivator, always positive about my crazy plan

Mario Farnhammer – for providing me with a bunch of tips and helpful information concerning cycling in that area, helpful material, precautions, and tips & tricks for along the way a few days before the beginning of my tour

Daniel Grab – for being one if not the main source for planning the details of my trip (I could use his website for both information about the route and what he experienced while cycling in the northwestern part of North America, as well as for extremely helpful information about necessary and relevant equipment); in addition for providing me with helpful answers to concerns and questions I had during the planning period of my trip (http://www.danigrab.com)

Annetta Grant – for being one of the main reasons why this tour actually happened… without her asking me to visit her in Calgary at the end of my internship in New Jersey, this tour would have never made its way onto my mind; in addition for providing me with some answers to questions in preparation for my tour, as well as for being available during my tour – in case of an emergency I knew that she would have helped me in whatever way; last but not least for being a great host in Calgary

Kerstin Jura – for providing me with helpful information regarding “living in the outdoors”

Hape Kerkeling (German comedian) – for having written this great book about his experiences while walking the St. James way in Spain… reading this book during my tour gave me a lot of extra-motivation, helped me to get through difficult days, and it simply inspired me a lot

Steffen Link – for being a great motivator and inspirer

Uschi and Stefan Paul – for providing me with Mario Farnhammer’s contact details as well as for giving me the idea for the title of this blog

– Shane Prosser – for picking up my huge bag in New Jersey and driving it all the way to Alaska; for positively supporting my idea and for being available as point of contact during my trip; in addition for being great to hang out with in Anchorage

Siemens Iselin intern crew, current and former interns– for being my main contacts during this past year, for being friends, and for giving me the chance to be myself in a foreign environment which made me feel comfortable and optimistic about what I am doing and therefore it was so much easier to make this trip reality; for being there for me when I needed people around me, for listening to my stories even if my bike trip might have become a little bit of a too often mentioned topic during the past months, for giving me all sorts of advise and providing me with help where necessary, for motivating me in person or by emails/SMS from all over the world, and simply for being there for me – how often did I think about you guys and my time with you in the U.S. while I was cycling… numerous times!
to name just a few:
* Tobias Ackermann – for being the most critical supporter of my trip by checking a few days before my departure if I actually thought about the whole thing well enough
* Martin Bäuml – for being a very supportive roommate who accepted both our apartment getting fuller and fuller with bike stuff and who clearly showed me that I am on the right track with my “inform the world about this amazing place on earth – Bavaria! – mission”
* Juliane Belz – for providing me with information about Alaska, for worrying about me, for providing me with updates from the east coast during my trip, and for being one of the four people who got up way too early in order to taking me to Newark airport on the day when I left for Calgary
* Birgit Bußmann – for taking me to Newark airport as well and for making sure that I could finish my Siemens internship with the knowledge that she’ll make a very good successor
* Jens Gehnen – for being one of the four people who took me to Newark airport, as well as for being host to Formula 1 watching Sunday mornings which ensured that I’ll survive the time not being able to watch the races while cycling
* Susann Goldgräbe – for continuously motivating me during the trip, for keeping me in the loop what was going on in Iselin, and for voluntarily getting up in the way too early morning in order to take me to Newark airport with all my stuff – otherwise I’d probably have had to cycle to Calgary also
* Jenny Harris – for the interesting updates from Iselin and simply for being such a kind person
* Philip Hetjens – for helping with some technical preparations for my bike trip, blogging etc.
* Mandy Kratina – for being one of the very few people who never had any doubt that I will be able to realize my idea and that it is not actually that crazy
* Andre Larberg – for his humorous approach of supporting my tour and for his warning not to get myself into becoming married in one of the mountain villages where people might be seeking for spreading such strong cycling genes that I am carrying around with me
* Ulrike Linge – for lending me her big enough car several times for transporting my bike; without her my bike would still be in the bike shop in Northern Jersey
* Katrin Paul, Corinna Steinweg, Tim Kastellan, Christian Maurer – for motivating me in all sorts of ways before and during my trip

Siemens Shared Services, International Human Resources Department – for having provided me with a great work environment during the past year and for being positive about and interested in my plans for after my internship

Ken Stahl (Northern Jersey President of Bicycle Touring Club of Northern Jersey) – for providing me with very helpful information about where to find good bike stores in New Jersey; in addition for providing helpful links, and for offering me to join their club for some rides (and I sadly never managed to get to it)

Bertl and Franz Zavesky – for sending me a “bear survival kit” a few days before my departure from New Jersey

People whom I met during my trip – for being friendly, for motivating me, for being interested, for being helpful, for being inspirational
especially Remo Seiler who offered me to pick me up along the way in case my knees had gone on strike completely and to join him for his tour across the north by car
and Dr. Arend Heise who very much inspired me with his cycling stories from and to all over the world

Numerous people who helped and motivated me (both positively and in a critical way) by phone calls, SMS, emails, postcards, and above all the good, old personal chats that helped me a lot to both getting information from others and for being able to communicate what I felt during the time of preparation for that trip and during the trip itself

– Last but not least, my family… my parents and my sister – for supporting this idea, for being worried about me, for not being too worried to interfere with my plans, for being available all the time during my trip in case something might have happened, for tips & tricks, for being interested in my stories during my trip, and for being my “headquarters” for all sorts of things

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