This is only a short article to accompany the photos that have now been put onto the website. Thank you all for your support throughout my ride. Those of you who know me will not be surprised that several thousand photos were taken during the 8,000 km ride.
My blog, which I wrote most evenings, hopefully sketched a picture of daily events, the joys, frustrations, elation, lows, injuries and sheer marvelment of the diversity of the countries I traveled through and the people I met on my way.
There is talk of a book being published, one that will contain the very best of the photographs and be accompanied with both blog entries and additional humorous and observational anecdotes.
As mentioned in my closing rambles, whilst enjoying the luxuries of a Hurtigruten cruise ferry to Bergen, I have now calculated some figures.
Total days spent cycling = 78
Total distance covered = 7,946.91 km
Total time spent in the saddle = 484 hours and 5 minutes
Total elevation gained = 94,816m (the equivalent to 10.7 Everest ascents).
Total calories utilised = 200,898 (25.2 per km cycled)
Average bpm whilst cycling = 91 (double resting pulse)
Countries visited:- Spain, France, Belgium, Luxemburg, Belgium (I liked Belgium), Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway.
Number of notable climbs:- Fifteen, five of these climbs exceeded 1,000m of continuous elevation and included such classics as Alto del Angliru and Lagos de Covadongo in Spain and Col d Aubisque, Hautacam and Cirque de Gavarnie in the Pyrenees, with two short punchy climbs in Belgium, Mur de Huy and La Redoute.