For your enjoyment, some random pictures from Denmark, Sweden, and Norway.
First up, Chris pitching his tent. Yes, the photo looks grainy, but that isn’t the fault of the photographer, it was raining. In an epic fashion. Doesn’t he look happy that he will be “sleeping” in a tent?
I found Paul’s toilet in a Statoil station:
And Paul’s bike:
The Arctic Circle, Sweden:
Chris, in his natural pose, taking photos (at the Sweden/Norway border):
And photographing Paul’s bike at the Arctic Circle Center in Norway:
Freshening Paul’s bike:
Which lead to a bit of freshening of my bike (paybacks are a bitch):
A Chris Harris inspired selfie:
A beautiful view spoiled by freshly washed undergarments:
Paul discovers that boots with holes in them make for poor waterproofing:
Who would’ve known that there was no pooping in the shower?
Chris, enough said:
Chris, showing me that I am “Number One:”
The bike that Chris thought he bought, but didn’t:
There will probably be a few blog posts concerning this adventure over the coming weeks. This post is simply a quick overview.
Stuff I brought but didn’t need:
- Flashlights. I brought three little LED flashlights but didn’t use any of them. Thankfully, they didn’t take up hardly any room at all.
- Ben’s Wipes. Brought two packages of these excellent tick and insect repellent wipes but only used two wipes. Total.
- Leatherman. While I didn’t use it, there is no way I would travel without it.
Stuff I should have brought:
- USB 1TB hard drive. It was selfish of me to think that others would have the space to copy all of my GoPro movies to their computers. I owe Paul a debt of gratitude for copying my movies to his Mac. It won’t happen again.
- More dark t-shirts. Wearing a white t-shirt is ridiculous when you are wearing it for more than one day. Because of the technology in the undergarments I was wearing, I could wear the same outerwear for more than one day. White is very bad choice of colors. For obvious reasons.
- One more Smartwool Icebreaker t-shirt. This shirt is made to be worn several days in a row without smelling while providing excellent wicking properties. To wash it, simply put it in a sink with a little soap and water, wring it out, and it will be dry by morning.
- A one man tent. However, as I rented a bike, there really wasn’t any room on the bike for a tent. I will know for next time.
5742.9km (3568 miles). It was a lot of fun, though it wasn’t easy. Especially on a rental bike. However, I would, in a minute, join Chris, Paul, Vladimir, Roy and Arvid on another trek. Wherever it may be. They are exceptional riders and a lot of fun.
I’m already hoping that we embark on another adventure next year. Route 66 in the US? Another European adventure? Scotland and Ireland? Whatever it is, I will be there.