I am often asked how I manage to afford this third long distance bicycle tour. Life takes creative accounting, and cycle touring is an inexpensive way to travel I reply. A two month leave without pay requires a bit of financial planning around 10 months of annual salary. I work two jobs; one as an intern architect and second as adjunct faculty at Virginia Tech. In addition, two gigs with my band provides extra pocket change each month. I also pursue freelance graphic and web design work and put my condo up for rent when I am away. A tourist in Denali said, 'You must be rich'. I replied, 'Yes, this experience is priceless'. I later came to estimate that her 2 week Alaska 'Cruise America' RV will likely cost more for the rental and fuel then my 2 month tour by bicycle. For the record, to put a number on it, a safe cost estimate for bicycle touring is approximately one dollar per mile.