Starting Location:Â Moskenes
Ending Location: FinneidfjordÂ (just south of Mo i Rana)
Total Distance Traveled (including this day):Â 3721kmÂ
Bike Comfort Factor (1-10) :4
“Tired” Factor (1-10) :6
My alarm went off at 5.30am. Â There was no need. Â We had an alarm. Â It was Gregg Eldred. Â Chris looked like he had slept beside an industrial scale fog horn. Â I told Gregg if he did the same the upcoming evening I would put my tent poles in him (not a euphemism). This was seconded by everyone. Â Packed the tents and rode the 500 metres to the Moskenes – Bodo Ferry.
The 4 hour ferry was a chance to sleep. Â This was interrupted by having to charge everything we owned and then backing up all the videos/pictures people have taken onto my Mac. Â Then, we also actually had internet access. Â Crappy internet access, but internet access nonetheless. Â Gregg and Chris went outdoors to take photos, Roy slept and I did backups/charging duty. Â My chair was surrounded by a mass of cables. Â I tried getting using the broadband connection however it reminded me of the joke that the one thing worse than no internet access is really shitty internet access. Â Before I knew it, 2 hours of the trip had gone. Â The views were stunning but not worth staying awake. Â This was a 4 hour trip though, so I had factored in at least 1 hour shuteye. Â Gregg was out cold on one row of chairs, Roy on the other, Chris was editing pictures. Â After 3 hours I closed everything and decided I needed some sleep. Â just as I was dosing off I noticed land nearby, then a city, then a harbour.
The 4 hour ferry ride was 3 hours. Â I had just borked any chance of sleep. Â Enter panic mode. Â I hastily packed up everything which never suits me (I like to plan). Â Chris went to wake up Gregg. Gregg didn’t take it well.
Chris “Gregg.. wake up…we have to get off”
Gregg (bolts upright) “WHAT? Â WHY? Â NO!”.
I think he was about to cry. Â I was about to join him.
Down to the bikes and we were the last off. Â And didn’t I just fecking forget to pick up my battery pack for my heated vest. Â Dammit. Â We headed south down the E6. Â As we rode (south for the fist time in what seemed like ages) we started to head uphill back into the snow. Â The area was barren with almost no traffic. Â By about lunchtime we made it to the Arctic circle centre (and line) again inÂ Saltfjellet. Â It was time for photos, lunch and buying tat. Â The arctic circle centre in Norway is a building in the middle of nowhere. Â Just off a main road, it has a restaurant and shop. Â Tastefully done with a few tourists and bikers. Â Not as barren and old fashioned as the Swedish one (I preferred the Swedish) but it felt like we had hit our goal at this point.
Chris and I had promised photos of theÂ Arctic Lodges for sponsors, so after that and the food it was 3pm. Â We were already a day ahead of schedule, but had planned to try to make it even more ahead of schedule by heading further south. Â But by this stage, after some map reading, common sense prevailed. Â We decided to head a couple more hours south to Mo I Rana and call it a day. Â Riding south and back to ground level it started to get hot again. Â Passing Mo I Rana I found a campsite near Finneidfjord, called Bjerka camping.Â Â The owner laughed when I asked if they had space. Â The place was almost deserted. Â Summer season has not started yet. Â Gregg and Roy went for a cabin and Chris and I elected for cheaper tent-space. Â We joked with the owner for a while (a great bloke and I am sorry to say I lost his name). Â Obviously taking pity on us he gave Chris and I a cabin for the price of the tents. Â We were not going to pass that up.
Dinner options were limited as you can see. Â Chris, Gregg and I ate the food and had a beer whilst trying in vain to use the camping wifi.
The owner came back over to us and talked bikes. Â He was more a snowmobile guy and may or may not have shown us videos of “progressing” over mountains after purchasing items in a *cough* nearby *cough* country with friends. Â Certain items are substantially cheaper in Sweden to Norway. Â We all crashed by 10pm. Â Next stop. Â Hell baby yeah!