Why

Tell me why! Why on earth would anyone do such a thing?

Because I can, that's why. And because I've never done a thing like this before. See, I'm a little retarded. Maybe a little random around the edges, too. The brain I've dutifully carried around since I've figured out how to carry around things comes up with the most weird things. When you ignore all of the impossible and/or illegal things, the good stuff tends to stick around. This trip is one of those good things my brain has produced for me. In thanks I'll be protecting it with a helmet.

“Nobody climbs mountains for scientific reasons. Science is used to raise money for the expeditions, but you really climb for the hell of it.”

Edmund Hillary

What other motivation does one need, anyway? You can look for photos and travel stories yourself if you're still not convinced this is a good idea. Yes, I might get hurt. And yes, I might die at some point. I've promised people I won't die just yet, so I'll be okay. I can't promise the same for the wildlife and locals that cross my path...

Wildlife

These might be a problem. Or an opportunity! I could of course ride one of those home when my bike meets one of its siblings and decides to break down. And boy, do they look tasty.

What? Yes. I'm only joking. If you haven't figured that out already, you should plan such a trip yourself. Because you clearly need some fresh air.

Why the 4th of July of all dates?

The month of July is the best month for a trip like this. According to people who claim to understand the climate anyway. Since I'll be crossing the arctic circle, I'd like the road to be somewhat free of ice, snow and other slippery things.

The 4th is a perfect starting date because Soundgarden has made a song called 4th of July. A perfect sound track, don't you think? An apocalyptic event, the end of the world and all that jazz. According to Chris Cornell it's actually about an epic acid trip, but hey, that kind of fits too.