Traveling alone by bicycle is one thing. Bicycling alone through the frozen Canadian Arctic is something altogether different.
UK-based filmmaker Ben Page found that out on his 3-year around the world bicycle journey.
In the introduction to his 24-minute film of his Canadian adventure — “The Frozen Road” — Ben says that he sought to follow novelist Jack London’s belief that, “Any man who is a man can travel alone.”
What he found was fear, hunger, and loneliness, but also joy and beauty.
I sought an adventure of perfect solitude. Yet, as I came to realise, the harsh truths of travelling in such a formidable environment were a long way from the romantic images I’d held of this land.
Here’s that video, which already has won numerous awards. Let’s hope his other bicycling adventures weren’t so rigorous.
Ben shot footage for the entire three-year around-the-world journey, and he’d like to turn that into a longer film. If you’d like to help fund that endeavor, you can donate at The Frozen Road.