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 4 - when the going gets tough... Ride to Oslo

Greetings!

Welcome to day 4 of Arctic Ride 2014.

Today I've ridden another 360 odd miles from near Malmo in Sweden to Norways capital Oslo.

I started the day on a bit of a downer. I has a sh..ocking nights sleep and got a bit of bad feedback about my trip. After being pissed off and feeling sorry for myself I had a look on facebook and twitter and saw all the support and well wishes. And I pretty much decided.. Stuff the 1 negative person.. I'm doing this for a reason and I'm going to ride my bike to the Arctic.

I set off fully loaded up the motorway. Today's as progress was hampered slightly but not being on the autobahn and the notorious Scandinavian police find.

The weather was sunny but cool ad windy so I stopped after 120 miles rather than 160 to warm up.

It was here Brian and I grabbed a sandwich and saw a woman drive up to a petrol pump on a lawnmower, fill up, and leave :s not what i usually see at the pumps in whitely bay. Usually The most entertaining scene is a charv trying to figure out what a litre is. Luckily I good some footage (me chuckling in the background) of said woman and it will be going in the film.

I stopped again when I got to Norway where I was met by a half Norweigen half Polish man who was interested in my bike.. And my wallet :s he kept saying... You must have loads of money to have a bike like that able be here... I soon used my 'I off to meet my mate' line and escaped.

No so much of a lie, but I wasn't meeting my mate Hans for another 4 hours.

I found my way through the Oslo rush hour to my campsite only to find it's not open until June. So I trebled across the other side of Oslo, again through rush hour, to another campsite.


I got my camp set up and cooked some pasta and sauce, this time with sausage :)

My friend Hans from Oslo then paid me a visit and we checked over my route. Turns out the next stretch if road is all road works so he recommended a snowy mountain pass instead which he is going to ride with me.


Thanks again for all the support and sorry for any spelling mistakes (it's hard just on an iPhone). If you want to hear anything on these blogs just message me and ask and I'll include it.

Tune in tomorrow to see how cold I got up the mountain!

Ride safe.

Gordon 

Comments

  1. Glad you got your spirits u again gord, you always get one knob making pathetic remarks. Glad you are riding with Hans it will be company for you. You certainly seem to be making good time. Robbie is recording a song on U tube for you so look out for that. I spoke to kirsty yesterday and she is fine and looking forward to her trip to Disneyland and told her to come for tea and stuff when she comes home and said if she needed a lift to ring me. Spoke to Ross and he is following your trip too. He was off to a gig with his mate last night. Robbie says you and him are doing a sponsored cycle ride when you come back, that will be something for you to look forward to!!!!...Love you millions my best boy xxxxx

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  2. Hope you are in good spirits today Gordon and have had a better nights sleep :) I just took out some time to read through your daily blogs to see how you are getting on and to make a donation! Take care and good luck! Lynne (Waugh)

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