Russia’s Lake Baikal is a wonder. It contains more water than all the Great Lakes combined. By surface area it’s the seventh-biggest lake on Earth, with 1,300 miles of shoreline. It’s remarkably clear and oxygen-rich. Gaëlle Bojko rode across the lake in February 2020, spending a month with just her bike and the ghostly sounds of her tires over ice.
She writes: “In February 2020, I spent a month cycling accross frozen lake Baikal. The cold, the ice and the snow drew me there. I can’t explain precisely why I enjoy being in these landscapes so much but I feel comfortable in these wintery places – despite the cold, the harshness and the solitude. I love the silence, the muffled sounds, the light, the seeming steadiness that I find very soothing.”