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 13 - Nordkapp

Hi everyone,

So I did it!! 13 days after departing from Whitley Bay I arrived at Nordkapp, the top of Europe and as far North as you can go by motorbike.

I'm not really sure how to feel! It's amazing and I feel great but part of me can't actually believe I have done it!


Last night I was camped at Alta and while it's REALLY far North it was still a 4 hour ride to get up to Nordkapp. So I set off at 7.30am this morning to beat the rush.

The ride was great, twisty roads, bright sunshine however again the road was littered with reindeer, the mountain passes were more than cold, and I rode 15km worth of long, dark, and freezing tunnels.


I feel like my body is almost at breaking point. Usually on a 4 hour ride I wouldn't feel these things as much. But I'm no longer fresh and I'm feeling every bump, cold spot, and wind that comes my way. 


When I arrived at Nordkapp it took me a good 15minutea to take it in. I was here. The place of my dreams for the best part of 4 years. The place I had mentioned on every interview, every conversation with work colleagues, and what Kirsty probably feels like every hour for the last 14 months.




Before I darted straight to the metal globe which personifies Nordkapp, I went and read about Nordkapp's key role in WW2 navy convoys and pain my respects to the lost Allied sailors.

Then I went to globe and got my photo taken. As great as it was to reach the globe (it was great!) the moment that got me was looking out onto the Barents Sea, onto the Arctic Oceon. There was nothing between me and North Pole but water and ice... THAT was a great feeling.


I then did my tourists bits and informed social media of where I was. But after just sat outside for 20 minutes or so looking out onto the water. I have done it.

After that I then had the ride back. The start of my next journey... The journey home!

I had planned to get to Filnand before stopping but after such an early start and another 4 hours on the road by time I returned to Alta I was done!

I stopped at the same camp for the night, got myself a pizza to celebrate, and chilled out. 


Ride safe,

Gordon 

Comments

  1. Way to go Gordon. :-)
    Hope to see you soon. Geir O. Tromsoe.I

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  2. Well done mate. Congratulations!

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  3. Long way to go for a pizza! Well done and safe ride back

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  4. Is it a "Pepe pizza" ?
    I use to stop & get 1 in their Narvik's restaurant !...

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