1 Apr 2016 - Research and more waiting ...
Waiting is hard. I find myself having imaginary mosquito attacks at night. It sometimes makes sleeping difficult. Also, I keep going over the things I plan to bring with me. I imagine I will need to devise some way to hook up two Bob Yaks behind my bike. Kind of like those really long trucks in the Western United States. Either that, or I may have to pare down my load.
One thing I wasn't sure about was the average temperatures at the North Cape in June. I knew from watching their live stream the last couple years that it should at least not be frozen over. I checked today and found out the following:
- Average temperatures at the North Cape in June: High: 8°C / 46°F; Low: 6°C / 43°F
- Chance of rain: 17%
- Chance of sunshine: 17%
- Chance of overcast: 33%
- Chance of a windy day: 100%
- Chance of snow: 67% (I suppose that means flurries at some point during the day.)
I guess that means I planned o.k. regarding clothing and sleeping bags. I plan mostly light springtime clothing for Germany, Denmark and Southern Sweden and Norway. For cool European evenings and for the time spent above the Artic Circle I will have some light weight and wind / waterproof things I can layer. I'll be packing two sleeping bags. Both are very light weight and pack quite small. The summer bag is rated to 15°C, and the other one is rated to -5°C. In the worst case I can use both.
A pre-packing exercise will be needed a couple weeks before I start the trip. This should show me exactly whether I've overpacked or not, and it will give me time to decide what I should leave behind. (I really don't want to buy a Bob Yak - or two.) I'll take a picture of the entire truck load of stuff and post it here later.