Polar Ice Ride 2013 Intro

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Polar Ice Ride introduction video !

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Dear reader,
Travelling is like an addiction to me, but one with good sides. When people speak of an addiction they say: “From bad to worse”. In my case this should be called: “Becoming ever more extreme.” Yet inner, that is certainly not a MUST, rather a result. Riding once very far towards the north is something I daydreamed about for years. That’s why I took the wintry rides to the North Cape and to the north of Alaska. The end of the world according to many, but is that true? For me the end of the land mass is called the beginning of adventure! THERE, where to arctic ice seduces! THERE, where a dream is to realize!


At the end of January 2013 the big moment was there. On a Yamaha R1 model 2000 donated by Motorcorner.nl, I started the challenge to ride a motorcycle all the way from the northernmost tip of continental United States to its southernmost tip.

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“Piece of cake! That’s done so often! Anyone who is a bit of a motor biker can ride from Deadhorse in Alaska to Key West in Florida”, I hear upon this. The latter is true. But Deadhorse is the northernmost point that you can reach by public ROAD and by far isn’t the northernmost tip. That lays at Barrow and towards Barrow runs NO road! Therefore the plan was to let the trip run via the frozen Beaufort Sea, something that at my knowledge hasn’t been done before. To keep it a real motorcycle journey, I had put myself some limits on. Like travelling the entire distance by using the bike’s strength and my own, so no physical help from others. Also, I did not use a third wheel or skis to stay upright.

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For a good night’s rest, a super warm Carinthia sleeping bag goes without saying. From Clifford, one of my extremely helpful new friends in Barrow, I got a thick army sleeping bag. Together with the Carinthia sleeping bag I didn’t get cold at any time.

Northernmost point at Barrow

Cooking to eat, and even more important to melt snow to drinking water, I could do on a gas stove. (in the sledge) Culinary delights are not to be expected. It was limited to the preparation of breakfast and meals from Adventure Food and some soup.

So, just surviving!ijsberen8

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