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Snowriding misfits

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There’s a saying that Norwegians are born with skis on their legs. Before you start to wonder about the hip width of Norwegian women, I better tell you that it’s just a saying. A myth. That’s not to say that Norwegians doesn’t take cross country skiing seriously. They do. Like it’s religion. And the worst kind of sacrilege you can commit is, you guessed it, to mess with their ski tracks. With clockwork regularity, each winter, you will find newspaper articles about despairing track preparers or cross country skiers who are on the edge of a breakdown because of people walking in the tracks or dogs relieving themselves on the freshly groomed corduroy. The war continues in the comment section on online articles. It’s not pretty. The last couple of years, a new destructor of ski tracks has revealed itself. A bike monstrosity with huge tires. The fatbike. Stories fuelled by aspiring light headed fatbikers with too much pressure in their tires for the soft, newly prepared ski tracks has overshadowed the usual suspects of pedestrians and dogs in the media.

With that backdrop, I was both excited and worried when I met up with Joe to embark on our close to 150 km ride along Hallindalsløypa’s mountain ski tracks. With four days of riding ahead of us, we hoped for a low level of conflict and a high level of fun.

If our first day of riding was telling, we were in for both: After a few kilometres of blissful riding on hardly packed tracks with the occasional section of snowdrift, we ran into a huge snow groomer. Even though we did our best to smile and wave our hellos to the driver, he looked far from pleased, pointing first at the ski track, then at us, before finishing off his performance with a rather grumpy head shake. The fact that we hardly made a visible dent in the track seemed completely lost on him. We rode on with a feeling of being unwanted misfits.

We didn’t need to worry.

Morning glory.

Morning glory.

Into the mist.

Into the mist.

Pushing it.

Pushing it.

Long day.

Long day.

Frosty morning.

Frosty morning.

Rocket fuel: A cocoa and coffee treat inspired by Joe.

Rocket fuel: A cocoa and coffee treat inspired by Joe.

The steed.

The steed.

Melting snow. Always melting snow.

Melting snow. Always melting snow.

I know. Cliche. But this time with a fatbike in the left hand side of the photo.

I know. Cliche. But this time with a fatbike in the left hand side of the photo.

Barren 1.

Barren 1.

Barren 2.

Barren 2.

Lake riding.

Lake riding.

Pushing into dusk.

Pushing into dusk.

The view fuels our last steps to the top.

The view fuels our last steps to the top.

A faint Aurora borealis greats us on the top of Høgevarde.

A faint Aurora borealis greats us on the top of Høgevarde.

Before sunrise. Time to head home.

Before sunrise. Time to head home.

Now, head over to Joe’s site and read his account of the trip!

17 Comments

    • That trip sure was a blast, thanks for putting up with my crap and being a buddy. Happy to hear you liked the pictures. Have actually started to train ever so little for the coming summer trip (don’t tell anyone). We’re not talking big miles here, but I reckon I still can sneak myself into shape.

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    • Thanks for commenting! We absolutely felt like misfits the first day, but all the positive encounters later on gradually put an end to that as we were greeted with smile and laughter by most of the people we passed.

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  2. Wayne morris says

    Mikkel after reading both yours and joes account I would love to take my fatbike and do that route.. I know it’s a lot to ask but if you could send me gps or directions of some kind I would be incredibly grateful.. I live in Ireland and would be more than happy to guide you on a trip to this beautiful island if you and Joe ever make it over this way. Thanks for your time and for sharing your adventure.
    Wayne

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  3. Margaret @ Live Like No One Else says

    So happy you started a blog in English again! Love your adventures and especially your photography!!

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