Simon Williams

Joined May 2016
  • Day6

    Kautokeino to Hetta

    May 17, 2016 in Finland ⋅ ⛅ 3 °C

    Ths was our final day in Norway! We were a bit slow off the mark this morning largely due to having to set off on a 50 minute walk to find change for the shower.

    The first 25 miles of the day were very steep and winding. I found the first fifteen miles fairly easy but I struggled with the next ten due to the intense wind and a lack of food and rest. At this point we rolled over the Finnish border.

    Finnish customs officials confidently told us we would find shelter and food in 2 miles (actually 3.5 miles...). We were both exhausted when we reached the road
    side cafe at 5pm. So we had our first meal since breakfast - a delcious meatball and mash combi with cheese sauce and some much needed coffee.

    The next 20 miles saw the terrain flatten out to far easier undulating terrain. With food in our bellies and some rest we found a good fast rhythm cycling side by side. I powered agead in every down hill and Owen pulled ahead on the longer climbs.

    We hoped to find somewhere to camp but due to a lack of options we hired a cabin.

    Time to rest ready for day 4 of cycling which includes the threat of rain!
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  • Day5

    Masi to Kautokeino

    May 16, 2016 in Norway ⋅ ⛅ 6 °C

    After a fairly restless night which brought in fresh aches, we set off from Masi just after midday. It was a 70km ride to Kautokeino which consisted of steep descents snd climbs throughout the day. The plateau remains fairly sparse in terms of population, but we managed to get water from a caravan site - where we had a good chat with some local who reassured us we'll have a few days off hill climbs when we reach Finland! - and a Sami woman opened her shop especally for Owen to buy dried reindeer meat for lunch. We saw a great number of reindeer which led to us herding thrm at one point as we followed them along the road (also mearly resulting in Owen crashing into one of them). We also saw an artic fox cross our path.

    Two days of pulling 20kg of luggage up hills had us both fairly exhausted so when we arrived in Kautokeino we went out for a meal in a rather classy establishment (see photo for evidence of this) and for a bargain price hired a hut to sleep in - luxury!
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  • Day3

    Alta to Masi

    May 14, 2016 in Norway ⋅ ☀️ 4 °C

    43 miles under our belts (30 of which were uphill). Met a Sami reindeer herder, rode with a herd of reindeer, saw blue skies and frozen lakes, got fed borsch and coffee by a kind Ukrainian lady, had one crash and one bike malfunction, now set up overlooking a village. Exhausted, but first real day down!Read more

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