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 5 - Mountain passes and gravel

Hi everyone,

Welcome to Day 5 of the blog! I can't believe I've been on the road the best sort of a week and I'm 1800moles from home and in Norway!

You might think I'll make it to Nordkapp in no time tvthis rate but the motorways are no more and it's strict 52mph sped limits and twistys all the way to Nordkapp from here.

With my wife Kirsty swanning off (having a well deserved holiday) I'm on blog duty again so don't expect as much humour. I live writing ten really and hope you enjoy reading. She has been so supportive and understanding as have been social media guru while I'm offline and riding! What a star!!

Today had everything, the best road I've ever ridden (E16 / 15) snowed mountain passes, waterfalls, road so close to rapids I got water on my face, glorious sunshine, gravel (I know Paul Mcanlly - I was bricking it) prop planes landing over my head, empty roads, and a full days riding with a friend.



I had planned to take the E6 route to Otta but said friend, hans, said there were roadworks and lots if gravel so recommend I take a more Western route North.

So I set off this morning and ride with Hans who was heading to West Norway. After a spot of lunch we hit the mountain pass road, and boy what a ride. Ingot it all on my gopro for my film but until that here is a picture.


There was lots more snow at the summit and got down to near freezing (crazy considering it was 20+ on the way up. Down the other side of the pass we went out separate ways and I rose east along a fjord vally until I came to Otta and set up camp.

By far my favourite campsite with river and mountain views. Tomorrow on to Trondhiem for a BBQ at Lars' house... If I must!! Haha.


And I'll leave you with that view. Another 200 odd miles done and as I write this blog all I can hear is the tweeting of the birds, flow of the river, and the sound of my sparkling water fizzing away.

Thank again for all the support and for reading. And the new donations that came through the last few days (all very generous). That now me over £3000 for Cerebra. I feel truly blessed I have so many great supporters and followers.

Special shoutout to my lil bro Robbie today! You're with me in my heart the whole ride!

Until tomorrow, ride safe.

Gordon

Comments

  1. Looks quite like the North of Scotland actually. An amazing ride you had, but glad you had company, its more fun then. Hope you enjoy the BBQ today and you get good weather. Looks like rain here today but it is the day for his paper round!!!! He is fine this morning, a bit bruised that's all. Keep on trucking baby, you are in my thoughts every day (all bloody day actually) Love and kisses Mum and Rob xxxx

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  2. Great blog & an amazing Gordon, hope your spirits are high and sitting is not too painful. You are going to have some stories to tell your little one in a few months.

    Well done and keep a smile on your face...Richard F

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