I don't know what I was thinking, but I wasn't expecting this blogging and cycling combination to be taking this much time. Before we started the trip, I thought I was going to be writing quite often, now we've found our selves cycling around 100km a day almost every day, because I just love it and even though my butt hurts and my thighs ake and my face is getting a really nasty sunburn, we just love the feeling of biking with this amazing invention. During the day I get all this insight and inspiration when biking around, looking at beautiful places, seeing how spring gets springer and the summer is closer and closer by as we bike further south. All the many birds that surf the winds beside us, the flowers popping up, the fields with farm animals we often greet, the forests and the changing climate zones. By the end of the day my head is all about food, water and sleep.
And man, I'm sleeping well! I'm writing about my self now because Asbjørn always sleeps well, I don't always, and that's mostly because I don't move as much as I probably should. Now I understand how much i really should be moving a lot everyday. There's a lot of stretching nowadays as well, every morning and every night, there's no way around it; my body craves yoga.
The coolest thing about these e-bikes is that anyone can do this kind of trip, it's not just for bike freaks that like to push their body beyond limit nor those that like to live a minimalist lifestyle on the road. Biking with an e-bike is like walking on a fast pace. We've pretty much been walking for like 5-7 hours for 8 days (with a bit of heavy baggage). There are of course some challenges and you got to have good gear on you if you want to be comfortable. Still, if you want to travel environmentally friendly and get a good work out without too much body strain, then i would propose to get on an e-bike and ride it everywhere!
Getting out of Norway was easy. The weather was terrible; it was rainy, sometimes snowy, the road was muddy and the wind was very cold, so we biked as fast as we could to see spring somewhere else.
Sweden has been amazing! Sunny days everyday. Cute houses with beautiful veggie gardens and solar panels. Sweden seems to be a bit more advanced when it comes to consumer consciousness. And their bike roads are much easier to ride on than in Norway, with better place for bikers and way better signs!
Food has not been a problem. Already on our first stop, which was Charlottenberg; there's huge shopping centers and their groceries have so much organic and plant based products. We were very surprised that even when stopping at small towns, the Swedish grocery store called ICA was full of organic products, that just doesn't exist in Norway, some of these small stores have the same content as big fancy one in Norway. Even more surprising was stopping at another very small town called Brålanda and found a little -on the road diner- that had a cheap vegetarian Tex-mex buffet and it was actually pretty awesome! (We were very hungry though). While on the bike we've been eating our dehydrated berry roll ups (which we've soon eaten everything), raw crackers (also almost empty), some store bought crackers and dried bananas. These really helped us continue.
People we've met have been so kind to us, offering us places to stay, giving us advices and tips. They have also been very curious about our bikes and our long trip. Every time we mention that we're using e-bikes, they always say: "Fusk!" Which means "cheating" in Swedish, but once they try it they take that back. Every single time.
In short: We're eating well, we're sleeping well, we're meeting a lot of cool people and we are having the time of our lives! Remember that if you want to keep track of where we are right now, then go ahead and follow us on Facebook/ficuspassion and instagram/ficus_passion
In a few days I'll be posting the continuous entry of this blog post, telling you about the stops and visits we're making!
Hasta la vista!