I've been looking at the BOB thread and couldn't help but notice a number of folks talking about a multi-day trip to walk home from work. I'm fortunate, Anchorage is a pretty compact town, and right now my paying gig is just 3.5 miles from the home. If I might - for the folks that have more than 10 miles to cover, a folding bike may offer a much faster way home.... I did some research and found: Not all folding bikes cost an arm and a leg.. A company called Downtube bikes offers a low cost folder - $289. under 25 pounds, has 7 speeds and can be upgraded with a second chain-ring and front derailleur. - since the chain-ring is replaceable, you can dial in the gear ratio you want. Has a water bottle cage brave on and on the front, a set of braze on for a front, frame mounted rack - very much like the Brompton. Downtube Nova Lightweight Folding Bike Dahon folding bike demo For those that need to cover territory off road - Folding bike off road with large load Folding bike tour – Iceland with Tern folder Interesting trailer design for going truly long distance. Just lke large ships carry lifeboats, could you rig carry a compact folder to get you home?