Category Archives: Cycling

Cycling Tarifa To Nordkapp: The Limerick

Having little to do on this ship is wonderful. I’ve read a book in just over a day, snoozed for many hours and have now put my mind to poetry. I give you the limerick of the cycle from Tarifa to Nordkapp! Can anyone do better?

There once was a man from Elland*,

Who cycled his way to a land,

Far away, without pay, for many a day,

And now he’s substantially tanned!

(*This does require ‘Elland’, the town in Yorkshire from whence I come, to be pronounced ‘El-and’. It’s nowhere near Elland Road by the way…)

UPDATE, 9pm: A couple of limericks posted in the comments to this post. The first is from Steve:

From North of the M62

Came pedalling writer, Andrew

With Reggie the bike, they cycled the sights

In places most only dream to.

The second from Peter:

There once was a man from Elland

With his bike Reggie the Ridgeback so grand

They pedalled for miles, over mountains and styles

I hope everything went as you planned.

I’m impressed!

Cycling Tarifa To Nordkapp: The Final Bit Of The Journey Home…

Cycling from Tarifa to Nordkapp may, in retrospect, appear to have been a relatively simply jaunt compared the the trip that I am about to embark upon when I arrive in Bergen. I’ve just spent a not inconsiderable amount of time on the Internet and this is the plan* (*subject to potentially many changes!) that will get me and Reggie from Bergen in Norway to Blackley in West Yorkshire:

Monday 3rd August

  • 14:30 – Arrive in Bergen (on the MS Lofoten)
  • Stay overnight in Bergen (camping? hostel?)

Tuesday 4th August

  • 13:30 – Fjordline ferry to Hirtshals, Denmark
  • Stay overnight on the ferry

Wednesday 5th August

  • 7:30 – Arrive Hirtshals
  • 9.36 – Train to Hjoerring
  • 11.06 – Train to Aalborg
  • 12.01 – Train to Fredericia
  • 15.45 – Bus to Flensburg
  • 18.11 – Train to Hamburg 
  • Stay overnight in Hamburg 

Thursday 6th August

  • 9.46 – Train to Amsterdam (change at Osnabruck) 
  • 15.00 – Arrive Ansterdam
  • Stay overnight in Amsterdam

Friday 7th August

  • Cycle to Rotterdam (73 km)
  • 21.00 – P&O ferry to Hull, UK
  • Stay overnight on the ferry

Saturday 8th August

  • Trans-Pennine Express to Huddersfield
  • Cycle Huddersfield to Blackley

Easy, no?  


The biggest concern is not the timings or the accommodation but whether the trains (and bus) will carry the bike. Extra sections of ‘cycling’ may be required… 

Cycling Day T+4: The MS Lofoten


…and inside

Cycling Day T+3: The Trollfjord

The southward quest continues… Highlight of the day was the deep and narrow Trollfjord. The captain looked anxious but I am told that boats much bigger than the MS Lofoten make similar manoeuvres. The rest of the day was spent either snoozing, reading or eating… (interrupted by a quick wander around the quirky Hurtigruten museum in Stokmarknes). Also a day when I made it into the local newspaper. If your Norwegian is up to it, read this.

Cycling Norway: The Instagram Collection

Here is the full set of pictures that I posted to Instagram during my four week cycle from one end of Norway to the other. You can see all of the Instagram pictures from the southern tip of Europe here

Nordkapp: The Midnight Sun

Worth cycling 7,776 km to see, no?



Waiting for the midnight sun, hopefully…