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 7 - Nordland, Reindeer, and Hell

Hello and welcome to the blog for day 7.

Day 7 was another action packed day (you get a lot of those on the road) with a lot of miles to get through.

After getting a decent nights kip at Lars' place and a hearty breakfast (Danish bread and eggs) I set off from Trondiem for Northern Norway.

In the morning I went through Hell! No, literally I drove through the town of Hell just north of Trondheim.


I did have a minor hiccup with my kit in the morning though as my camelback leaked as I hadn't tightened the cap properly so I got a wet arse and Brain, my mascot, got soaked too!

Luckily after an hours riding the sun came out and dried me off. Also the roads cleared of traffic about 10am so I really started to eat up the miles before stopping for lunch in a picturesque little town.


Even though the sun was out, as I get further and further North it's still cold especially with the wind chill when riding the bike.

After doing close to 150 miles I then entered Nordland, aka Northern Norway. This was significant as it puts me well on my way to both the Arctic Circle and Nordkapp.


I then met up with Hallvard, Roy, and Ase from RamZalt MC club from Helgoland. Hallvard had spotted my ride on the internet and got in touch before I departed England to say the club would like to support me by escorting me through their region and give me someone to ride with.

The first surprise the club gave me was some lunch. And not just any lunch but reindeer curry! It was very tasty! We then set off for the town of Mosjoen and on the way through we had to slow to a standstill as a herd of reindeer crossed the road in front of us... Truely amazing.


The road here are perfect for biking (in the dry at least)! And that is just the main routes, never mind the twisty mountain roads. We stopped for fuel in Mosjoen and Hallvard told me the club had booked me into a camping cabin for the night free of charge and Roy presented me with a RamZalt Tshirt and patch... Which made me feel very nice ad welcome. Big thanks to the MC club for their help and support.

To get to the cabin we road along a fjord edge road, through several tunnels, and then took a short ferry along the fjord. This country is amazing and I would  recommend anyone to come and visit.


So I got parked up and settled in my cabin for a warm nights sleep about 100 miles from the Arctic Circle. The photo above was taken at 11pm, again no signs of seeing nightfall and that will be the case for the next week and a half for me.

The ride is starting to take its toll on my body after 2200 miles in 7 days. The past two days I have a terrible pain in my right shoulder which shows no sign of abating even after some painkillers. I think it's the position I had been riding the bike with but there is nothing more I can do about this until I get home as I have another 3800miles to cover! Any sports massage people out there who can help when I return, get in touch, because it hurts like Hell ( not the town ;) )

Tomorrow I head for Mo I Rana and the Arctic Circle :)

Ride safe,

Gordon

Comments

  1. brilliant stuff fella - keep it up - as for your shoulder - see if you can get some Voltarol it works wonders its a gel and works for me - Kevin MotorBikeTV

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  2. Hello Gordon. Nice to see that you have had another exciting day and that the weather gods are kind With you. Safe trip further and hope to see you soon:-)) Best wishes from Lars.

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  3. glad you had company again and at least you have a clean tee shirt now. The little cabin looks lovely and i am so pleased it has heat. How many more days till you reach your destination? Shame you had not taken the hot water bottle, you could have put that on your shoulder. Have you taken Ibuprofen? Thinking of you constantly and loving you so much with great pride. Love and kisses to my bonny lad. Mummy and Robster xxxx

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    1. You called cerebra bear Brain, grampa used to call your dad the Brain of Britain!!!!!xxxx

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  4. So now you can say you've been to HELL and back xx Liz

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  5. What a great bunch of people bikers are. Pleased you are being looked after. This is a brilliant adventure for you. And the way you are telling the story/days events,it's as if we are there with you. Ride safe

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  6. Doing very well mate, hope you're enjoying it. As for your shoulder, I use a guy regularly who's incredible, and cheap (£20). Give me a shout when you're back and I'll put you in touch,

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