For Jon it will be his first road trip and he will be doing it solo, carrying his camping gear with him on the two week challenge. Jon aims to be in Finland for their midsummer celebration event from the 21st to the 23rd June. Jon says: “My plan has always been to celebrate midsummer 2018 in Finland at some event or gathering. Somewhere to give my backside a break from being in the saddle all day on my long ride to Finland. Preferably somewhere lively as I've never been big on relaxing and chilling out. Hopefully with live music and definitely with copious amounts of beer.
“This summer I will be celebrating Juhannus at RMJ. RMJ is a music festival located in Rauna, Otanlahti in Finland. I'd like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to Nick Sanders. After spending the weekend at the Nick Sanders Expedition Centre in Machynlleth, I knew that this was something I could (and should) do thanks to the encouragement and confidence he gave me to plan this trip.”
Jon’s mammoth road trip starts on the 15th June and takes him From Welshpool to Harwich where he will take the ferry to the Hook of Holland. From there he will drive to Puttgarden in Germany where there is a ferry crossing to Rodby in Denmark. On reaching Copenhagen, Jon will use the Drogden tunnel and the inspiring Oresund Bridge to cross to Malmo in Sweden.
Once in Sweden it is a journey to the capital Stockholm where a ferry will take him to Turku in Finland. From there it is on to the mid–summer festival in Rauna and a nice relaxing few days out of the saddle, before making the long journey home.
Jon expects to ride between 2,500 and 3,000 miles in the two weeks. He is sure to meet some interesting people and experience some amazing scenery. You can keep up to date with Jon’s planning and then his trip by following his blog @MidsummerRoadTrip on Facebook.
You can follow Jon’s progress via https://facebook.com/MidsummerRoadTrip/
Also, there is a map where people can follow his progress...
Jon is pictured with his bike overlooking the Clewedog Reservoir in central Wales