The Difference Between Solitude And Alone – Video: The Frozen Road

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Ben Page set off on a round the world trip from our Premier Dealer, Blazing Saddles, in 2014. He’s now back home in Yorkshire and planning how to tell the stories he’s gathered. His film, The Frozen Road, tells the story of the last leg of his American trip, through the frozen north of Canada to the Arctic Circle.

Cold enough for you?

He shot the whole thing himself, and it’s worth watching to appreciate the effort he’s gone to to make it a cinematic experience. If you’ve ever tried to shoot a few clips of yourself on the trail, you’ll know the level of faff that’s involved in trotting back and forth up the trail to place the camera, ride past, stop, check the shot, maybe ride it again, move on…and repeat for the next three second clip. Add to that he bothers to get great big wide panoramic shots while pushing his way through knee deep snow after a few days of pushing, and it makes for some pretty impressive viewing.

Some effort went into the shooting of this

It’s also refreshing that it isn’t just an ego fest, or a sanitised ‘adventure is great’ tale. There’s a bit of mild peril, there’s a bit of soul searching, and there’s fair dose of suffering. It’s not necessarily a film that makes you want to head straight out and find adventure – you’ll be giving it a bit of thought first.

Listening to wolves

We managed to catch up with Ben at Singletrack Towers to chat about about how he made the film and what he’s planning next.

And now, sit back and enjoy the film. You can watch it for free here on Vimeo, or if you want to download it you can pay a fee of your choice on PayPal here, which will help Ben to cover the costs of making this film and hopefully turning the rest of his trip into another tale we can enjoy from the comfort of our sofa.

Hannah Dobson

Hannah came to Singletrack having decided there must be more to life than meetings. Having worked in policy and project management roles at the Scottish Parliament and in local government, Hannah had organisational skills that SIngletrack needed. She also likes bikes, and likes to write.

Hannah likes all bikes, but especially unusual ones. If it’s a bit odd, or a bit niche, or made of metal, she’s probably going to get excited. If it gets her down some steep stuff, all the better. She’ll give most things a go once, she tries not to say no to anything on a bike, unless she really thinks it’s going to hurt. She’s pretty good with steri-strips.

More than bikes, Hannah likes what bikes do. She thinks that they link people and places; that cycling creates a connection between us and our environment; bikes create communities; deliver freedom; bring joy; and improve fitness. They're environmentally friendly and create friendly environments.

Hannah tries to write about all these things in the hope that others might discover the joy of bikes too.

Comments (6)

    Awesome. Loved the film.

    Brilliant….a few good Jack London quotes there. Looking forward to seeing and hearing about the rest of the trip. Can’t recall who said this but “you won’t really be able to achieve your best until you really know (and accept) your weaknesses” All the best Ben.

    Loved that. Looking forward to more, really shows the highs and lows. Think i would have been out of there at the sound of wolves, fair play Ben, good luck with the rest trip.

    If you enjoyed that it’s worth watching Ben’s other films from his journey, all on his Vimeo site:
    Watching them I’m torn between ‘dammit, why haven’t I done that’ and ‘phew, thank god I haven’t done that’.

    Out in the frozen wilderness on a bike on your own ,have to say massive respect to Ben for did he not get lost? The sheer aloneness of that would test anyone.keep calm and carry on ,easier said then done.

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