So everyone thought I was nutz to go cycling in Northern Europe last winter. So now the confession, that was infact just a test ride for bigger things…..
Three weeks in Northern Scandanavia with shops and towns most days and a cycling partner was a nice “safe” way to learn the lessons needed to be learned for extreme winter travel. Now its time to knock it up notch.
The rough plan :
- Fly to Labrador city in (you guessed it) Labrador, Canada. Possibly one of the least populated states in the developed world. I still need to find out if Canada airlines will allow my bike on the last leg.
- The first week will be a gentle ride to Goose bay to get back into things and get acclimatized.
- From Goose bay I’ll be one of the first cyclists to attempt the Trans Labrador highway in winter (it only got finished in 2009). This is remote and unforgiving wilderness at the best of times but in winter will be extra interesting. From goose bay to the first civilization is 400km (if you can call Port Hope Simpson civilization). This would normally be about 6-8 days journey on the gravel road. I will need 2-4 weeks to do this leg in winter.
- The remaining 200km of trans lab to Blanc Sablon I’ll see a village every other day.
- Leg two : A ferry from Blanc Sablon, hopefully to Natashquan where the road starts again, but I suspect this ferry isn’t running when I’ll be there so may have to use a plan B via Newfoundland and Nova Scotia. Via plan a/b I’ll cycle to Quebec or until the road gets too busy with trucks or when my time runs out if leg 1 has taken a long time.
- The remainder of the trip is a little woolly and will be mainly using trains (yup I like long train journeys too) to visit friends in Ontaria and Alberta(while I’m in the neighborhood). Then will fly home from Calgary.
Departure December/January depending on my work. Trip duration 10-12 weeks. Weather : Cold, windy and white.
#Icenutz pt 2 is go !!!
Lets just hope there isn’t too much snow this year