THE ARCTIC RIDER STORY

"Gordon Stuart (AKA The Arctic Rider) is on a mission to ride his motorbike across the Arctic Circle in every country possible, while raising money and awareness for causes close to his heart."

“It started in 2011 as a charity ride to the Arctic Circle that didn’t really go to plan, and has become a near obsession with the Arctic, an obsession with riding a motorbike, and an obsession helping organisations who help others” - Traverse Magazine, November 2017.

To date, Gordon has raised over £13,000 for charities, ridden over 14,000 miles as part of the challenges.

Gordon is an Ambassador UK-brain injury charity Cerebra and global youth leader forum One Young World, and fundraiser for special care babies charity Tiny Lives. He is keen motorcyclist, writer, and film maker.

Day Twenty Four - So long Vikings!!

Good evening

Today has seen Gordon leave Scandinavia all together and he is now back in the comfort of the Euro. This is a big thing as he has actually spent most of his time in Scandinavia and although its so much cheaper for him now, I think it is hitting home that he is coming home and is so close to completing a journey which has taken a lot of money and effort on all peoples parts to get him this far!

Last night's rough camping has left him feeling like the next ray mears although he managed to get out smarted by some local birds..not the human variety who decided to steal the bread off his bike and wake him up in the process..i wondered whether they chose to have it with the roasted garlic philadelphia on the side, but apparently not! he he

He is in Flensburg, Germany tonight in a campsite called Jarplund and has told me that he is camping next to a Spanish family with their small children who have brought a go kart with them..he was moaning about this, but I bet that as soon as they are in bed, he will sneak over and take it for a spin! lol Maybe he could do the last 1000 odd miles in that!! ha ha

Fun fact of the day is that Gordon has now been through Denmark twice and has not actually stopped over there at all! I think this must be the only country that he will not be stopping on his trip..although I will have to check this fact on gordo-pedia and will report back!

Children seem to have followed him today and I am guessing that it must be the school holidays for some as he said that he took the ferry crossing as an alternative to getting the bridge across from Varberg to Grenaa and he said that there were quite a few screaming Swedish children on there!!

The weather today has been a very mixed picture with pouring down rain this morning and it then turning sunny but very windy..michael fish eat ur heart out..and as for carol on bbc breakfast..move over..theres a new weather master in town!! :D anyway..back to business..due to the mixed weather this has meant that progress has been slower than hoped and so he is keeping his fingers crossed for better travelling weather tomorrow!

On his way to Flensburg, he did stop once in Denmark in Aarhus, another deployment related pit stop for petrol and told me that he just had to buy a cheeseburger from macdonalds so that he could use up the rest of his danish kroner!! I think that's a poor excuse but may recycle that one for when he comes back and i really need a cute new handbag or something..lol He also got very lost following Gord Gord sat nav trying to find his campsite and was trying to go the wrong way down a one way street. Now I am no expert..but i think that cant be right...even if they do drive on the wrong side of the road! lol He also ended up seeing the same train station 3 times! fail!! lol

To celebrate him finding the campsite he decided to treat himself to a 1 Euro shower and bought some big german sausages to have with his smash! Living the dream..as they say!! :)

The plan for tomorrow is to try and get as far as he can and Gordon is hoping to make it to Eindhoven, Holland which will be a-mazing!! I have told him that he must take photos of all the windmills he passes, so he may not actually make it that far into Holland before night fall!! ha ha

As ever, this is dependent on the weather, so fingers crossed..that's it for now.

Ride Safe Gordon

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Miles Today - 170 miles
Total Mileage - 5,280 miles

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