Well, he’s been on the road for 10-days now as he cycles across America, and Morten shows no signs of slowing down. He’s travelled through California, Arizona, and New Mexico, and he’s making his way towards Texas, but our Norwegian cycling buddy has a long way to go until he reaches Massachusetts, 4,200km to go to be precise, and we cannot wait to see what happens next!
We last caught up with Morten in Cottonwood, Arizona, when he was 4 days into is mammoth cycling trip across the US. From there, he headed into the Wild West of New Mexico, where he has visited Gallup, Albuquerque, and Las Vegas (not to be confused with the Las Vegas in Nevada!).
The day starts early when you have to cycle some 200km, and with breakfast at 05h30 and departure at 06h30, there’s not much time for a lie in in the mornings! Since reaching New Mexico, Morten has experienced a few chilly starts with temperatures barely reaching 1°C, but by mid-morning, the sun is shining, the temperatures rise to 27°C, and there’s not a cloud in the sky – so perfect for a day in the saddle!
Here are Morten’s Strava Stats from Day 5:
Day 5: Cottonwood AZ – Winslow AZ
- Distance: 174.83km
- Elevation: 1,669m
- Moving Time: 6:45:11
Day 6: Winslow AZ – Gallup NM
- Distance: 209.60km
- Elevation: 990m
- Moving Time: 7:42:50
Day 7: Gallup NM – Albuquerque NM
- Distance: 204.97km
- Elevation: 754m
- Moving Time: 7:17:11
Day 8: Rest Day in Albuquerque NM (But couldn’t resist a little leg loosener!)
- Distance: 16.91km
- Elevation: 104m
- Moving Time: 51:28
Day 9: Albuquerque NM – Las Vegas NM
- Distance: 219.82km
- Elevation: 2572m
- Moving Time: 8:47:38
Here’s a brief update from the man himself:
Day 7: So, we arrived in Albuquerque. It was 1°C and fresh when we started, but we had sunny blue skies all the way and the temperatures soon reached 26°C. Tomorrow is a rest day, so I’m going to have a lazy Sunday morning breakfast and enjoy the rest of the day.
Day 9: We left Albuquerque early this morning and cycled 220km with approximately 2500m climbing. We arrived in Las Vegas (New Mexico, not Nevada) to a sunny and warm 28°C and great weather.
As we speak, Morten is cycling from Las Vegas to Tucumcari (both New Mexico), which will see him cover some 177km and 1,024m elevation. After today, he has another 10 full days in the saddle before he gets his second rest day, although, with his trusty new wheels, we don’t see that being a problem!
You see, when Morten arrived in California, he found that his beloved BMC bike hadn’t travelled quite as well as he did. During transit from Norway, his frame suffered severe damage, and so he needed to get new wheels – and quick!
With more than 5,400km riding ahead of him, he needed a comfortable bike and decided on the rather splendid specimen above. A TREK Domane with 32mm tyres and disc brakes – no less! Well, a good bike certainly helps, but it is ultimately the man sitting on it that has to make the wheels go around, and so Morten, pedal strong, stay safe and keep us posted!