Cycling Arctic Ice, Railroad Tracks Without Roads

Wet and muddy gravel road 280 helps Maldague connect from the Arctic to Winnipeg

Belgian Arnaud Maldague is crossing from the Arctic to the tip of South America using a variety of transport but without using any motorized vehicles. His non-motorized journey is unusual in that he will use seven modes: skiing, snow-kiting, cycling, horse-riding, kayaking, sailing and walking. The Arctic in winter, the lengths of the Mississippi, the Caribbean, the jungles of the Amazon and Patagonia will all be involved.

Maldague left his sled, kite and skis behind and has picked up a mountain bike to bridge to the North American road network.

His first mission was to ride about 500 miles on a now defunct railroad from the town of Churchill on the Hudson. Riding on the railroad was a bumpy ride and the payload he had been happy to tote behind by sled was now on his back. It was far too heavy and caused a lot of pain and discomfort. As reported in our last installment, he fashioned a baby carriage into a tote mechanism behind his bike and was able to tow his payload that way.

Upon reaching Keewatinohk he was overjoyed to encounter his first road. The gravel road 280 was particularly wet and muddy due to rains. He has made it a few hundred miles to Thompson and has about 750 more to make it to Winnipeg. Most of this ride has been tundra and permafrost-stunted boreal forest. He managed to finally switch off his baby carriage for an actual bike trailer.

Maldague managed to finally switch off his baby carriage for an actual bike trailer.

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