"It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop" - Confucius
After my adventures in New Zealand I always wanted to go on a cycling adventure again. Non of my friends liked the idea, until I met someone who did (lucky me). We started planning and in June 2019 we set off to China & Vietnam.
"The world is big and I want to get a good look at it before it gets dark "- John Muir
June 2018, a long cherished dream comes true, I travel to the Lofoten and Vesterålen archipelago in the North of Norway. Traveling above the Arctic Circle at this time of year is a challenge. The 24 hours of daylight will give us the opportunity to make the most of it, and definitely makes sure we will lack some sleep.
"People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things" - Sir Edmund Hillary
Not that I am extraordinary or want to be. As a lowlander (living below sea level) I just am a bit afraid of the Thorong La Pass. At 5416m altitude it will be the highest point I ever set foot on. And I am not sure I can make it. So, the morning of the crossing of the pass I am sort of scared. We get up in the dark, have a small breakfast and take off at 4am.
"To travel, to experience and learn: that is to live" - Tenzing Norgay Sherpa
In March 2018 one of my longest travel dreams came true. I traveled to the highest mountain range in the world, the Himalaya's. No, it is even better, I hiked for 2 weeks between the giants in the Annapurna range and experienced the nature, the silence, the great food and the lovely people of Nepal.
"To the lover of wilderness, Alaska is one of the most wonderful countries of the world" - John Muir
Alaska is more then Bears and Moose... it is the country of tundra and taiga. Taiga being the wide, widespread forrest of pine, larch and spruce trees. Locally sometimes called drunken spruce trees, for due to the permafrost the roots cannot really hold the trees and they start "wandering". The taiga can be somewhat boring, as the trees block spectacular views. However, Moose like taiga and the small lakes. We see quite a lot of them along the roadside.
Tundra is the open, empty landscape, but full of small vegetation like mosses and lichens. The views are mostly beautiful, especially when the snowy tops of the Alaska range are filling the background. Caribou love the lichen.
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