|A glacier view prior on our way to Øksfjord. Bike travel along and between the fjords of Norway features incredible scenery - it's hard to select just one shot but that's how I simplify this blog! Check out Sampson's blog for numerous scenic shots.|
|Reindeer stampede by us on a narrow one-lane tunnel bypass. Today we've seen reindeer throughout the day, along the fjord, in the countryside, and on the road.|
|Our 50th Birthday ride crew. The weather's been cool and rainy but everyone has met the challenge and made it a super trip.|
|Happy 50th birthday Rick!!!!|
Tromsø to Tokyo begins tomorrow. The two week birthday ride following the Two Wheel View Norway circle route is complete. Calgary and Oslo friends arrived, Tromsø friends hosted. Fun and sweat was had and our bodies and bikes are ready. Summer is done, school by laptop computer on the road begins. Our plan is to head to the Finnish border, 150 km, and then ride over the following weeks along the Finland/Sweden border to Helsinki. I am excited to begin the routine of the road and the comfort of the camp. In these first days traveling on as a family of five, each of us will find roles that make this lifestyle smooth and allow for maximum intake of the incredible unknown before us.
a realization from Markos: "when all the voices around me are in a foreign language, I am not distracted at all"
a bit of Tanya text:
Saturday Aug 26 Gildetun to Arctic Fjord Camp, 44 km
white to powder-pink yarrow waving in the wind
volumes of water coursing down mountain streams
white-cap waves cross the fjord
water splat car wheels round blind corners, predicting the continuation of the hill you climb