8000km Northern Europe trip

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  1. 2712

    2712 Been here awhile

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    I did the same tour, check out my trip report if you want!:evil

    Dont get tempted to speed to much in Finland, they took my licence for 2 months after doing 132 in a 80 zone.
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  2. Bamako-Vespa

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    At every airport in Norway you get one hour free wifi.. :)

    There are quite a few small and very accessible airports as you get further north in Norway. Park outside and go in and buy some coffee. Enter your phone number in the login and they'll send you a password giving you one hour of free wifi.

    Try following the coast going up northern Norway. Not the E6.

    Here's a short time lapse I made (driving a car) from Ørnes to Saltstraumen last week:
    http://youtu.be/A_kJp6-XRRM

    Beautiful road, though there are other parts of it that are more spectacular. Mind you, this is shot on a Gopro hero HD. :)
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  3. jorrizza

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    Great ride report! I've hugely enjoyed reading that. Couch surfing looks like a fun alternative. I'm planning to go the other way around, though. And the speed, well, my bike has less than half the oompf of your GS :)

    Good to know. I'm not planning on using it, but some addictions just have to be addressed when the need arises.

    I wasn't planning to. Everybody keeps saying to keep away from the main "highway". I guess there's some truth in that. That video is pretty convincing proof in favor of that statement.

    I don't know if I'm going to make it time-wise to skip highways all together. Parts of Germany and Finland can easily be skipped when the schedule's tightening. And who cares anyway, people are used to IT people finishing late, hahah :)
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  4. V Saarela

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    Have to tell that, if you have to speed 52 over the limit in Scandinavia, do it in Finland. I think 2 month without licence is a bargin for that.
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  5. Korruptio

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    McDonalds = Free WiFi in every one of them. And there are plenty...
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  6. MichaelJ

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    Also, for the Americans in the audience, it's just about the only place in Europe where you can get lots of ice in your drink. They'll look at you funny, but they'll do it.

    Normally ice isn't an issue, but when it's pushing 40C and you're in full riding kit, in traffic...
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  7. jorrizza

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    McDonalds eh? I don't know if free WiFi is worth a blown rear shock. ;)

    And I've got some updates about the plan. There will be two test trips when all of the hardware is mounted next month. One of roughly 350km, which is somewhat the average daily distance I'll have to cover. It's a rather low average, with good reason. It keeps the schedule nice and roomy for unscheduled activities along the way. The other test trip will be almost 800km, which I'll try to cover in a day as well. Avoiding the main motorways of course. It's more or less a test to see for how long I can ride comfortably and when it becomes unbearable. On the hardware side there's news as well. Next week the last bits and pieces will be fitted to the bike. I'll be replacing the tires, the chain and sprockets as well. Hopefully there's a pair of K60s available. If not I'll go for the Conti Trail Attacks.

    In the coming weeks I'll be updating the main points of interest I'll try to visit in each country.
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  8. V Saarela

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    It´s a good advice.
    I use lot of free WiFi. In Sweden ´7eleven at Shell gasstations, Max as well McDonalds. Do not go inside, just park outside and connect.
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  9. enkil

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    Good to know. :1drink
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  10. ThorH

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    Do not plan to average more than 200 km per day in Norway. Less on the coast where you have the ferries.

    The E6 is ok, but only up North. And only if you do not have the time to do RV17. South of Trondheim you should avoid it like the plague.
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  11. jorrizza

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    But the days will get longer up north ;) But you're right. Riding the full length of Norway is probably the most scenic part of the trip, so I should take my time. Avoid E6 south of Trondheim. Check. RV17 is definitely on the list. Still working on it. So much to see, so little time.

    Tomorrow will be the first test trip with all the electronics and other gear fitted to the bike. It's going to be a wet one. Rain all day. I love riding in the rain, as long as it's not below freezing. I've got somewhat of a goal too. I don't know if anybody has ever seen Hairy Bikers on BBC? Anyway, they happened to visit a bakery in Burgh. The stuff they sell looked so damn tasty. I just have to have a few of those.

    Loving the Heidenau K60s by the way :D
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  12. ThorH

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    You love riding in the rain???? Well, you may get lucky in Norway...

    The days may get longer, but you still need your rest. The ferries do not run at night, you need to find a place to sleep, etc. RV17 from Trondheim to Bodø is a 3 days ride. If you hit the ferries just right, I guess you could do it in two long days, but I would definitely plan for 3. (Did it last summer.)

    IMO people tend to get greedy. They see the North Cape, they see Finland, Sweden, maybe even Russia, on their maps. They want to see it all. And then they just race through it all without even looking. Chill. The North Cape is nothing special. It has already been conquered and explored. While beautiful up North, the best riding is in the South-West, below Aalesund. You can spend weeks there without riding the same twisties twice, in spectacular scenery.

    If you must go up North, do the RV17 to Bodø. Take the ferry to Aa and take the time to explore the Lofoten islands. Then turn South again on E6. This part is ok, and much faster. (Just don't go too fast.) Just my five cents...
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  13. jorrizza

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    I'm planning 10-11 days for the entire length of Norway, from Kristiansand to route 893 heading into Finland. From there it's the E75 down south. I think it's quite doable in this time period.

    I kind of agree. Of course you shouldn't race through most the beautiful parts of this planet. But you shouldn't hang around in one place for too long either. This trip is kind of an exploratory thing. Visiting as many places (properly) as possible, going home with a bucket load of impressions I can turn into new trips. I'm skipping the North Cape entirely by the way.

    Great idea. Kind of what I had in mind myself. Won't be turning back south through Norway, but RV17 and Lofoten are definitely part of the route.

    Today's ride report summarized in one photo:

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  14. randel

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    What kind of plans you have for Baltics? My suggestion is to completely avoid Via Baltica aka E67 going from Tallinn-Pärnu-Riga-Kaunas-Warszawa. Lot of traffic and mostly really boring road too. Eastern route (close to Russian border) will be more scenic for enduro rider while following coastline (western route) will offer more for regular tourists (beaches, resorts and so on).
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  15. jorrizza

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    Thanks! The Baltics were still kind of a mystery. Not a lot of travel info, except for the standard tourist destinations. I was in doubt whether to follow the Russian/Belarus border or the coastline. Can't (and mostly don't want to) go through Kaliningrad, because of visa hassles. I'll take your advice and travel the eastern route. For what I can see on Google street view the scenery is rather nice.
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  16. jorrizza

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    Well, it's time to say goodbye. Tomorrow (3rd) I'll pack my bike and I'll be leaving for Northern Germany the day after (4th).

    The website is completely up to date. The GPS tracking works, although I did use SpotWalla after the "unofficial" SPOT API was taken offline without notice. I have to admit, it works like a charm. So during the trip new dots will (should?) appear on the map. If they stop appearing, let's just assume the SPOT locater died on me, shall we? :)

    Oh, the second test trip went absolutely fine. 12 hours of riding. 700 km. No serious aches, no mechanical problems and an overall good ride. I did get lost once, though.

    Anyway. This is my final post in this thread. It's no longer trip planning, now is it? :) There will be a ride report. I promise.
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  17. MichaelJ

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    Have a great ride, and I'm glad that Spotwalla worked for you. One can never have too many tricks in one's bag :D
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  18. Dekatria

    Dekatria Ad Astra Per Aspera

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    Best of luck out there, looking forward towards the RR and pics! :thumb
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  19. Wolsly

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    Have fun and take care.
    Do not fotget about us and keep us posted

    Cheers

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  20. MichaelJ

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    See his "map" link in message #36.

    Speaking of which, Jorrizza, it would be great if you would turn on the connecting line option :D
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