You’re cycling the endless mountains up. The whole day, up and up and up. And then, finally at the end, you’re getting your present. One breathtaking view and freedom in the purest of all forms. A moment you‘ll always remember but could never explain to somebody. Have you experienced something like this, too?
From 30°C and sun to snow and pouring rain; summer above the Arctic Circle can throw you any weather possible, and you better be ready for it. I’ve been using gear from @gripgrab for years now and couldn’t be happier that they choose to support me. Thank you @gripgrab! Now let’s hit some mountains together! #gripgrablocalhero
Day 70: 89.6km, 4hrs 48mins and 145m elevation.
I woke up after a blisteringly cold night in the tent and I couldn't face getting out of the tent until it warmed up a tiny bit outside. Luckily the day wasn't too cold but I knew as soon as the sun would set it would be Baltic again. A trick I've found that avoids the worst part of the change in temperature at dark is eating in a cafe before the sunsets and then pitching a tent in the dark. If I don't need to cook in the evening then I can be off the bike and tucked up in my tent within 20minutes which is really good going.
I'd planned to take a lunch stop at a cafe I'd seen on the map. When I pulled up I could have been forgiven for thinking the place was closed and possibly even closed down. The die-hard optimist in me still tried the door to see if there was any signs of life. Sure enough it was a fully open restaurant who totally spoilt me! They gave me an excellent meal and a side plate of biscuits and chocolate. There were only 3 remaining sticks of bread left once I'd ploughed my way through 🙃. One of the owners was hanging her beef outside as part of the ageing process before she stores it in the fridge. These cuts were hanging off a branch of tree. Food hygiene at its finest.
Nightmare headwind today, there seems to be no rhyme or rhythm to the wind patterns in the desert so everyday is definitely a new day!
We would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to @northsidefamilyrvlexington for providing us with another RV in 2018. We heard great things from our cyclists who stayed in Northside RVs, as well! It was so much bigger than we expected (as you can tell from the video)!
We have to say that by nature we are tent folk, however, these RV’s from Northside sometime make us question our life choices. ;)
We are excited to have more RVs and campers at base camp in years to come!
Day 69: 103km, 3hrs 59mins and 136m elevation.
CONFESSION TIME: I am really starting to love the desert. It makes life so simple. All there is to do is ride, eat, camp and wave at truck drivers. The cold actually helps as it gets so chilly once the sun sets I know I have to have set up camp while the sun is setting so that I'm not cooking and pitching a tent in the proper cold. That was another lesson learnt the hard way!
My days all look exactly the same and I love it. This is one of the reasons I pushed so hard to get the bike back up and running yesterday instead of just grabbing the train into Tashkent. I definitely feel like I've found my feet with the outdoorsy side of this trip which was the aspect I was least confident about. It's a bit bittersweet as in India I've vowed not to wild camp as the risks are too high and accommodation is so cheap there's no excuse. And I'm not sure about Nepal, so the next few hundred KMs into Tashkent could be my last ones camping 😔
It is also the outdoorsy side that makes me want a co-pilot. I would love to have a little evening routine where one person pitches the tent and the other does the cooking but alas, Billy nomates here has to do it all on her lonesome *cue the tiny violins*. I'm also a crap cook and have burnt the bottom of my pan almost every time I've used it. I betcha you didn't know water could burn?
Never had such an adventurous time brushing our teeth 😬💨 The scariest (and dangerous) moments are often the best stories - we can already hear us saying „the one time in Croatia, we slept right on a high cliff over the ocean when a strong storm surprised us in the middle of the night!“ #nichtkönnentrotzdemmachen#bikingborders
Go there, where nobody goes!
Stop there, where everybody passes by!
These are the most beautiful places.
Gehe dahin, wohin keiner geht!
Stoppe dort, wo alle achtlos vorübergehen!
Denn das sind die schönsten Orte.