In this episode I have the chance to speak with Carl Presseault, a nearly neighbour of mine, living in the Ottawa Capital Region. Having worked in the bike industry since 2004, Carl got into bike touring in 2013 when an ex-girlfriend told him she wanted to bike tour for a year in Europe. Although the relationship with his ex may not have lasted, the bike touring relationship is still going strong, even all these years later. More recently Carl has started to use bikepacking as a means of doing fast tours around the region he lives.

Cheers Carl. Keep on pedalling.


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Show Notes

~ 01m 30s     Who is Carl Presseault
~ 05m 45s     Planning for the tour; building bikes from scratch; bike setup
~ 25m 00s     Route through Europe and starting in Italy
~ 36m 00s     Cycling through southern and eastern France
~ 54m 00s     Getting tired of canal paths and missing the mountains
~ 01h 00m     Cycling in Germany; sandwich index
~ 01h 17m     Cycling in Slovakia and Hungary
~ 01h 26m     Budgeting for the 6 month trip
~ 01h 31m     Bikepacking in Canada; Trans-Canada, Cataroqui and K&P Trail
~ 01h 38m     Bikepacking gear; connecting the Prescott-Russel Trail to the Petit Train du Nord
~ 01h 48m     3D printing bike parts, adding a dynamo hub to a trailer
~ 01h 56m     Bikepacking the PPJ in Quebec
~ 02h 03m     End Credits


Traveller. Cyclist. Expat. Over 15 years experience living abroad in six different countries. I've travelled to over 40+ countries and met countless travellers, cyclists, and other expats. As a passionate cyclist I've had opportunities to bike tour in some truly amazing places. While definitely not an expert at bike touring, I'm passionate about sharing bike touring stories and helping others learn hacks, tricks, and techniques to improve their touring experience. I look forward to you joining me on this journey of learning about and becoming a better bike tourist.

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