Day Five - My Big fat Arctic Ride
Another day and another journey. Gordon has found a campsite in Norrkoping, Sweden and is currently 100 miles south of Stockholm. Norrkoping is known for having a cactus plantation in the summer months and excitingly grows around 25,000 cacti every year..I can see why Gordon picked it as a prime location..although I hope he's not camping on a cactus..ha ha
Talking of prickly things, apparently he saw a MASSIVE Christmas Tree Farm on the side of the motorway. I did enquire as to whether he had ordered us a swedish spruce, if there is such a thing, or even better picked one up, but according to Gordon, it wouldnt fit on the back of the bike which is a shame.
Today also saw him seeing his first British people on the trip to date. He waved at the caravans of people and later saw them at the service station which is when he realised they were gypsies and was worried he may have been grabbed so slinked off back onto the motorway.
The roads are still quite scary and even though there are no autobahns, Gordon tells me that everyone drives madly and in a hurry and also that they all drive estate cars! He said that his one complaint for the roads is the Swedish answer to Roadworks which appears to be that they dig up the road and then just put gravel down..slightly worrying when you have to take your motorbike over it! He said that he was a bit worried, again something I don't want to hear! More than that, he has to go over some of those areas again tomorrow!
The temperature is dropping since Gordon has been in Sweden and although it is warm during the day, the nights are cold so think he needs to whip the long johns out! He also stopped in a small town and bought a bike neck warmer to try and keep him warm and cosy in the chillier weather.
Gordon told me that being on his own is difficult and to pass the time has been trying to listen to the World Service. Unfortunately this can only be picked up from Stockholm and so has been listening to the fun of 'Russia Today', so if you want to know what is happening in a small rustic village then he is the man to ask! Apart from this he has been listening to Ricky Gervais podcasts which we downloaded prior to him leaving and it was that funny that he was forced to pull over and turn it off! Praise indeed!
The plan for tomorrow is to travel to Gavel, which is north of Stockholm. The mileage is inevitably going to decrease as the motorways end at Stockholm and become A roads. The speed limit will also decrease to 50 miles an hour which may be frustrating, especially as he gets closer to Nordkapp.
With regards to sponsorship, thanks to everyone who has donated so far..we are up to £1092 which is immense! Come on people, we are not far from the target now so if you have not donated yet but would like to support him, please either go online or send it/come and see me.
That's it for now peeps.
Ride Safe Gordon,
Miles rode today - 279 miles
Total mileage to date - 1631 miles