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.

This time next year.. the Route Home (1)

Hi Everyone,

I hope you have all been enjoying reading my 'This time next year...' blogs all about my route to the Arctic Circle & Nordkapp. Its been really fun to write and learn about all the places I am going and I feel good that I have my route planned there already. Now I have the task of figuring out which way I'm going to go to get home :) Over the next few days I will be exploring the route home and all the different options availble to me in the timeframe.

Today's route option is: Sweden.

This will see me leave Honningsvag (A) and the North Cape and then head south, rather than back west from where I came from Alta and Tromso. This route will take me of the E6 which is the main road up the west coast of Norway.


I will continue to head south through Northern Norway (B) until I get to Finland. From here I will travel due south along the Swesish/Finnish border until I hit the baltic sea at Tornio (C) in Finland. From here I will follow the east coast of Sweden. On this route I will pass the town of Ornskoldsvik (D) where on my 2011 trip I had my accident which halted my progress. I'll be sure to take a photo of the spot where I sat beside the road wondering what I would do with a blown tyre and a bust wheel.

Outside Ornskoldsvik in 2011
 From here I will continue South following Sweden's Baltic coast. At the town of Sundsvall, around 300miles North of the captial Stockholm, I wil turn West and head through the Scandinavian mountains until I reach Oslo.

From Oslo I will catch a short overnight ferry to Frederikshavn, Denmark. From Fred I will ride South through Denmark and into Germany where I will head west towards the Netherlands. Depending on how I'm doing for time I will either catch the ferry home from Amsterdam to Newcastle or I will ride through Belgium and France and cross the channel to Dover before heading North home to Newcastle.



Thats all for today... tomorrow... Finland :)

Ride Safe.

Gordon

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