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Scandinavia 2011

Day 7: The Splendour Of Winter

It’s ‑20°C when I hit the sack, but I sleep like a log. I get up early, stumble around for a while in the powder, and witness an indescribable sunrise over a standard-issue breakfast of porridge and instant coffee.

Camping in the snow

The day’s ride doesn’t start well, as my jacket’s main zip slider snaps in half and I ride all day with my main source of insulation held together with safety pins. Later, I lose my phone and spend at least an hour contemplating hitching back to my campsite to find it, before finding it at the bottom of a pannier. (My night-time pannier — what’s it doing in there?)

But today is mostly about stunning visuals, and I don’t let much else get in the way of simply enjoying them. Simple beauty is what this day is about, up here in the mountains, on the back-roads through rarely-frequented villages and valleys.

Breakfast

Spruce-lined backroads

Fancy a dip?

Norwegian mountain village

Wonky hut

I arrive in Tynset, the largest settlement I’ve come to since Oslo, with an hour of light to spare. The long descent into the town leaves me chilled to the bone. But I soon meet up with my host, who has very kindly agreed to put me up for the next couple of nights. I look forward to my day of rest, and feel that it is well deserved.

Schwalbe bicycle tyres, Extrawheel single-wheel trailers

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7 replies on “Day 7: The Splendour Of Winter”

You should have taken my coat!

Great photos, I’m enjoying them in between editing your experience in Sudan, a stark contrast.

Tommy dear… Incredible photos! Very interested to read on a near-daily basis… Here’s to a warm and comforting few days of rest… Muchos love.xx

Fantastic photos. Makes me feel cold just looking at them. You are very brave. I’ve enjoyed following all of your expeditions.

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