Arctic to Africa

How it all began : The Video

I’ve put together a short video of myself and the team cycling the first few days of the Arctic to Africa trip. The video includes cycling the first 20 miles up to the Nordkapp. The most stunning scenery I think of the entire trip.

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We had a rest day in Barcelona a few weeks ago. I enjoyed getting lost in the Gothic Quarter, stumbling across the famous Gaudi buildings and eating paella. One of my favourite city’s of the trip.

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Barcelona with Hipstamatic

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Arctic to Africa

Into Africa

I’m writing this on the ferry crossing over to Africa. I can’t quite describe how I feel. I am excited to be going to another continent, exhausted from all the cycling, amazed at what I have achieved and apprehensive about entering Morocco in cycling shorts as a female.

I can’t quite believe that I can say that I have cycled from the Arctic to Africa. 5 months ago when I started thinking about taking part on this trip I thought I was nuts. I didn’t tell many people to begin with because I knew others would tell me I couldn’t do it. I didn’t even own a bike at the time and I wouldn’t exactly say I was in good shape to be signing up for such a challenge.

I am now only three days away from Casablanca, my end destination. I have no idea what to expect when I get off the ferry and I have no idea how I will feel when the cycling is finally over. To be honest I’m not sure what I am going to do with my time, I’m so used to waking up every morning and getting on a bike.

Written on the 21st July 2013.

20130729-201244.jpgHere I am moments from cycling off the ferry into Africa.

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Arctic to Africa

Making it to Stockholm

We left Nordkapp on Thursday 30th May. 15 days of cycling, 1 rest day and 1200ish miles later we arrived in Stockholm. What an achievement!!

It feels like months ago we were cycling to the top of Norway in the midnight sun but it was a mere 2 weeks ago. We have covered a huge distance in such a short time. Most cyclists we have met along the way have allowed twice the amount of time to cover the same distance.

It’s been quite the adventure so far. Cycling in the midnight sun, seeing reindeer in the wild, loosing a team mate and finding him again, plenty of bike trouble, hijacking a pedalo, cheating death on the roads in Sweden, wild camping in a Grill Hut, grimacing through torrential rain and crossing the Arctic Circle.

Tomorrow we head off towards Copenhagen, after about 4 days of cycling we will cross in to our 4th country Denmark. We are a day behind schedule already so will have to make up the miles over the coming weeks.

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Another late arrival to the campsite. Cycled along this gorgeous river at sunset though.

Another late arrival to the campsite. Cycled along this gorgeous river at sunset though.

Bjasta, Sweden

Bjasta, Sweden

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