I was going to travel through at least 20 countries with my velomobile in 2020. It was going to be a straightforward and fast trip. The rule was not to transport the velomobile on a trailer or a truck, only cycle and, if necessary, also use ferries. The lockdowns made it impossible to travel without interruptions. First, I had to leave the velomobile in Poland while waiting in Sweden for several months, and then I had to wait in Greece.
This is a diary in pictures from my time 2020 in Greece. The photos have mostly been taken with my mobile phone and are meant to show you a glimpse of my trip in the country.
At 11,49 November the 9th I arrived to the northern most point of Europe. This after having given up several times. I reached the goal thanks to many of you telling me to continue. I would have returned south several days ago if it wasn’t for that.
I’m happy to have made it even though the trip sometimes hasn’t been a pleasant one. The beauty of the nature and knowing that it was possible to get here, makes the effort worth it. Thank you!
I am writing this post in a hurry because I want to continue the journey south as soon as possible. In a few days the temperature will rise from the current -28°C to -16°C on the Finnish highlands. I then want to take the opportunity to get as far south as possible before the severe cold returns.
There are many people riding velomobiles during the winter, some of them are my commuting heroes. They use the velomobile in stead of the car as much as they possibly can, some of them every day. To ride in freezing temperatures with velomobile and hardly any warm clothes is possible for a couple of hours. But after several hours of riding, the upper body becomes soaked wet from perspiration while the feets get freezing cold even when having many, many layers of woolen socks. My challenge is to find a solution to this problem in order to get as far as possible on my own created challenge to the north.
This is the first time I make a blog entry with my smartphone, so please have some consideration if the result isn’t perfect. 😉
How far north can I get with a velomobile in the Nordic winter?
I might be crazy to take a velomobile during the winter to the far north of Scandinavia, but I just like to test the limits. Why? Why not? I have been in warm climates a lot during the last years. Now it is time to go back to the cold areas for some months. When doing so, why not go all the way and make life a little bit difficult. We only live once 😏.
When I was young, I spent some time in cold mountains alone in the winters. I did go skiing in the far north where I didn’t meet people for weeks. The darkness and the northern lights are difficult to describe, they must be experienced to understand them. Before, I was able to go for weeks with a large and heavy backpack. Now I can’t, my knees have given up. But I can ride bicycles and the best bicycles for traveling are velomobiles. If there isn’t a lot of snow on the road …
So, the question is, how far north will I get with my velomobile?
My dream is to get all the way to Nordkap. I have no clue if I will be able to get there, but I will try.
Nu har jag testat hur det är att resa i Afrika. Gjorde en rekognoseringsresa i Namibia och delar av Sydafrika under april månad. Det blev krävande dagar med delvis långa körsträckor, sammanlagt cirka 550 mil, men också fantastiska upplevelser i nationalparkerna Kgalagadi och Etosha. Här visar jag några av de bilder på djur som jag tog under resan. Fortsätt läsa ”Afrika, bilder på djur april 2016”