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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by flyingdutchman177, Jun 20, 2012.
Yo Ed got your Velcro gloves! Mutton busting Norway style
And it was a Westvleteren 10 too.
If I had a gun, I would have shot myself.
But at least it wasn't my Blue Chimay Magnum
I need Velcro gloves to keep me from dropping my beer
THAT. Is a genius idea.
After so much crowing about Chimay in this RR I went out and found some. Ok, I get it.
Well they somehow are, as James May of Top Gear found out when he went to Finland to meet Mika Häkkinen.
Enjoy Finalnd. Hope the weather is good enough. I am thinking of heading out for a week the next days to do some riding before the rainy fall comes.
Glad I could be of service
I rode 400+ miles today.
I made it to Helsinki.
I don't know why, but I was looking forward to coming here.
Finland just seems so far away to me
It was a country trapped between the western world and the Soviets for me growing up.
And they just kind of ignored both and did their own thing.
But when I got here, I found the same old same old.
Lots of expensive bars, restaurants and clubs.
Dinner costs $50 and up here.
A beer in a bar is $10.
The beer I wanted was $13.
It was a stout with 9.2% alcohol. And I find out that the gov't taxes the beer based on how much octane the beer has.
And I thought the Finns were a bunch of drunks.
Well, it turns out they can't afford to be drunk any more.
BTW, I didn't buy that beer. I just can justify it. Not when I was just drinking beers from Belgium for a couple of dollars a bottle.
In other news, my Heidenau front tire made it here no problem. The cords never popped out like I had feared. I got 17,000 miles out of that tire. I bought a new one and had it installed. So I think I am good until my bike hits 66,000 miles.
Tomorrow, I am heading out and taking the ferry to Estonia.
I am looking forward to that because I am not expecting the same old same old. I am hoping Estonia will be more than expensive shops, restaurants, clubs and bars for the tourist of the world to blow their money on and say they experienced the country
It's been a few years since I was there but I found Estonia to be one of the most beautiful countries I have ever seen. You could still stop at roadside cafes and enjoy simple, brilliant found for a few dollars and the people were wonderful.
It's 3 am in the morning.
I am in a crappy little hostel in downtown Helsinki.
One of the 4 dudes in my cramp, dirty room is snoring like a freight train.
All this for only $40 a night.
Tomorrow night, it's back to the tent or the hammock. I am ok with cramped and dirty, just not the snoring and the cost
Yuck. Dip into the wine stash, it will help you sleep.
I left the town of A in Lofoten in the rain. It rained all night and I wanted to get out of Norway. I figured if I got on the other side of the coastal mountains, the weather would be better.
I will remember Norway like I do Bolivia.......love it.....hate it.
Of course I love it because it is so damn beautiful.
I hate it because it is so damn expensive, there are speed cameras everywhere, their are lots of tolls and tunnels and ferries. Plus it is where I pissed blood.
The nice part about riding out of Lofoten in the rain was all the waterfalls everywhere............I mean everywhere!
It started to clear up as I rode out
I heard rumors that there were nice white sandy beaches in Norway. Here's one! I bet this would have been beautiful on a warm sunny day.
Sitting on top of the world.
I didn't make it to Nordkapp.
And I am glad I didn't go
It would have been another 3 days of riding in bad weather for a picture and bragging rights.
It just wasn't on the same level for me as making it to Prohdoe Bay.
I only have so much time and money left and I wanted out of Norway and to somewhere different, less expensive, drier and warmer
Sure enough, as I rode over the mountains in to Sweden, I could see blue skies on the horizon. I was so excited.
I camped about an hour from the border. People as me how I find my camp spots. I look for places like this. It was some sort of antenna. I look for a little road off the main road. The less beaten in the tracks are the better. And this one had the bonus of having a gate keeping cars out but enough room for a motorcycle to sneak past. That is always good so I know a car won't come visit me in the middle of the night.
I broke out the ipod, cooked up some food and opened up some wine. My first wine in over a week.
I put up the rain fly just in case. It didn't look like it was going to rain but I am glad I did, because some rain snuck in during the night.
If you ever see this Champagne, buy all you can.
But you probably never will unless you are in France.
And only $10 a half bottle too.
Remember when you were a kid and their was a Santa Claus in every department store and your mom would tell you that the real Santa was too busy making toys at the north pole and these were just Santa's helpers?
Well, I found the REAL Santa.
He lives in Finland.
Not in the north pole but right on top of the Arctic Circle.
I understand that when a child sends a letter to Santa and addresses it "North Pole", this is where all those letters are sent.
I was a little out of my way so I had to check it out.
Here I found the real Santa.......maybe
I don't know why I expected anything different.
I was thinking it would be Santa's workshop.
There would be elves running around making toys and cute Finnish girls in those cute little Santa helper outfits.
But alas, it was just a place for tourist to come, take pictures, buy crap and take a $30 picture of Santa.
I pulled up on my motorcycle in the pouring rain and Santa was there at the front door to greet me. I told him that I rode all the way from Southern California to see him and to bring me something good this year.
Well, he gave me a full tour of his house and then let me take some pictures for free.
Nice guy that Santa.
And on top of that, when I came back outside, the skies had cleared and the sun was shinning.
Maybe it was the real Santa after all............just with a big fake beard.