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(8) Finally at Nordkapp (our start point)

June 3, 2012

After spending hours flying over snowy scenes nursing my prized chocolate we  landed in Alta. We proceeded to build the bikes in the airport lounge,  ours taking much longer to build then Sara’s. We camped the night in some woods next to the airport and got up early to catch the 6.50am bus.  The bus did not arrive and we found out there were no buses to Nordkapp on Saturdays or Sundays until the following weekend.  So, on to plan B! We picked up fuel and food and proceeded to cook our dinner on the tables out side the airport lounge with a few alarmed looks from staff with a 2 foot yellow flame coming out the stove and Sara’s gas canister flying across the road with gas flying out of it…

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Eating ‘alfresco’ at Alta airport

So plan B was catch a bus to Skadi which still left 110 miles to Nordkapp. Once there we set off by bike to ride to our first camp spot 38 miles north with stunning views all the way.  We found a fantastic free camp site with a good camp meal and a good nights sleep we woke to a very windy sunday.

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Our campsite – this photo was taken at 11.30pm

It was very slow going with a 20 mph headwind and 5 tunnels one of which was 7km long under the sea with 3km decent 1km flat and another 3km climb the other end ‘ we were knackered’. After covering 50miles, we arrived at Honningsvag very tired and hungry. We found a supermarket to stock up on food. We were so hungry we had to buy a snack and a coffee before me and Sara started shopping! Tim fell asleep whilst watching our bikes! Fortunately there was a late bus to Nordkapp and we are here now in the visitors centre, looking out at a lot of cloud – everytime the midnight sun pops out there’s a cheer!! We are drinking a £6.80 beer each so savouring every drop and not eating tomorrow.

Finally at Nordkapp

The Midnight sun at 71 degrees North

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21 Comments leave one →
  1. Janx permalink
    June 4, 2012 12:47 am

    Wow how amazing. Will you see the Northern Lights at all. I would love to see those. Sounds like your journey is already eventfull….the sign of things to come?!!!

    • June 12, 2012 9:07 am

      hi jan thanks for message , no we won’t see the northern lights as its to light its a shame, maybe another time, haveing lots of fun though ,thanks for all you comments its great to hear from you x

  2. June 4, 2012 7:05 am

    Hi Sara and Tim, I will follow you and I wish you a very nice cycletour around the world and believe me at a certain moment you will enjoy headwind:), everything what does not kill you makes you stronger.

    Regards, the dutch solocyclist
    Bart
    http://Www.facebook.com/smullies

    • June 12, 2012 9:09 am

      hi bart great to hear from you, we are still getting up late and cycling slowly but having lots of fun hope the wind is on your back and the sun shines and hope to meet up again tim and sharon and sara

  3. June 4, 2012 10:13 am

    Ah, so that’s what the sun looks like … you might be cold and windblown but you’ll no doubt be over the moon to hear that you’ve missed some spectacular Bank Holiday rain.

    That last photo is fantastic.

  4. Anna permalink
    June 4, 2012 7:48 pm

    Wow! I bet that midnight sun is both beautiful and eerie. Good luck and hello to Sara! X

    • June 12, 2012 9:16 am

      yes it was , it was quite funny there were about 200 people who came up on bus’s to see the midnight sun but was cloudy .as soon as they left the clouds lifted ,it was amazing and no one in the way of a good pic.x

  5. spanneranna permalink
    June 4, 2012 7:57 pm

    Wow! I imagine the midnight sun is both beautiful and eerie. Say ‘Hello’ to Sara for me. Good luck ! 🙂

  6. Nigel permalink
    June 5, 2012 7:29 am

    I was beginning to be envious but at those beer prices i’ve just gone off the idea. I am enjoying following your progress from the comfort of my bar stool
    Good luck

  7. June 5, 2012 9:18 am

    Finally action! Amusing stories already and i look forward to many more to come.

  8. Georgers permalink
    June 5, 2012 12:50 pm

    Glad to see the peanut butter on the table shazza !!!!! X x

    • June 12, 2012 9:22 am

      on fouth jar already not counting choclate spread I think the swelling in sharons hand is a build up of peanut butter under the skin x

  9. June 5, 2012 7:08 pm

    The journey has started, so much adventure in such a short time, Go! Go! Go!
    In Glasgow tonight, Michael.

    • June 12, 2012 9:24 am

      well done mike on completeing end to end we are both very impressed and we both look forward to riding with you again but will you wait for us? t&s x

      • June 29, 2012 2:28 pm

        Following your blog, what a fantastic journey your on. One day the 3 of us will ride again, I will keep in practice.
        Cheers, Michael.

      • July 3, 2012 1:57 pm

        hi mike glad to hear your enjoying our blog, we are both looking forward to riding with you again glad to hear that you haven’t gone off cycling , keep up the good work .
        love to anne and you of course
        tim and shaz xx

  10. andrew permalink
    June 10, 2012 6:39 pm

    All Looks amazing, am almost addicted to your blog like your both addicted to neighbours!!

    Keep up the good work. live the dream. DONT RIDE IT DOWN THE STEPS!!!

    Wish i was there!!!

    Andrew

    • June 12, 2012 9:29 am

      don’t worry andy i’m sure there will be another series of paris hiltons BBF to take your mind of it , hows the practising going and the new house say hi the everyone 🙂 tim shaz and sara x

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