Interview 038: Karl Kroll | Bikepacking Europe, Central Asia, and Pan America

In this episode of Bike Tour Adventures, I have a chance to sit down and speak with Karl Kroll, an American that, after his first bike tour in 2017 did a bike tour through Eastern Europe and Central Asia in 2018. Less than a year later, in January 2019, Karl dipped his rear wheel into the ocean just off the coast of Argentina in Ushuaia before starting the long trek north up towards Alaska and the Arctic Ocean. After cycling as far as Costa Rica, he was forced to temporarily put the tour on hold due to the Covid-19 epidemic.  

To find out more about his adventure, listen to the podcast and check out his social media.

Cheers. Keep on pedalling.


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Show Notes

~ 01m 30s     Intro to Karl
~ 12m 30s     How he got into bike touring, bike and gear
~ 22m 45s     Some things he always carries with him
~ 32m 00s     Cycling in Ukraine and the Balkans
~ 39m 40s     Cycling Turkey and Georgia
~ 47m 00s     Cycling in Kazakhstan and a last minute trip to Hammerfest and Nordkapp
~ 56m 45s     Cycling Pan America, Fin del Mundo bikepacking route, Carreterra Austral and the Puna de Atacama in winter
~ 01h 18m     Cycling Bolivia and mountaineering 6000m peaks
~ 01h 38m     Tips for cycling in S. America
~ 01h 48m     The outbreak of Covid-19 and the end of the tour
~ 01h 52m     Plans to re-start tour and where to find Karl

About the Author
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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