This film captures my 5000km journey through France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway to reach The Arctic Circle. Along the way I faced countless challenges, as well as breathtaking scenery through sand dunes, mountains and fjords. The video also shows my frantic race against my hitchhiking friend Jon Maiden to The Arctic Circle town of Mo i-Rana.
I have now cycled around 7000km, and will begin cycling through The Baltic States next week.
Thank you all for your continued support as I start the next stage of my epic charity ride home to Sydney.
This morning as I dashed through yet another Norwegian tunnel I hit 4000km on the odometer. With two thousand kilometres and multiple border crossing since my last blog, I thought it was about time I got myself typing! The past month has been characterised by challenging rides through varied terrain, as well as some fabulous city breaks in Hamburg, Aalborg, Gothenborg and Oslo. I’m now in Scandinavia making my way north to the Arctic Circle, and eagerly anticipating the mountains, fjords and glaciers of Norway in the coming weeks!
Setting up the tent for the night in Germany
The riding through Germany was fairly monotonous as I used the main artery roads linking the villages to Hamburg. The cycle paths continued to be excellent throughout the country; but it proved to be quite a wet and windy ride. As Europe’s second largest port, the industry in Hamburg was immense (after an hour of riding into the city centre I hadn’t passed a single house, just signs of heavy industry and the transportation of international cargo). I arrived as the city was celebrating the birthday of its harbour, so watching the procession of ships on the water was a nice way to enjoy the moment. As I sat on the waterside I met Irja, who kindly took me to an Indian restaurant to enjoy a meal with her daughter Saija. The next four days were spent with Johannes, who took me on numerous rides around the city and showed me the notorious nightlife of Hamburg (during which I lost my phone).