Around the World in 800 Days

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by flyingdutchman177, Jun 20, 2012.

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  1. Desert/Mtn/Sea

    Desert/Mtn/Sea Adventurer

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    Are you sure you took a ferry ride? This looks more like an alien space ship. Ride on my friend and stay safe. BBTGLG
  2. vintagespeed

    vintagespeed fNg

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    i dunno, she gots some purdy eyes... :D
  3. flyingdutchman177

    flyingdutchman177 Adventurer

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    Crossed the border in to Finland.
    Everyone thinks they are a WRC rally car driver hete.
    And the econo boxes they drive with those big driving lights mounted to the grill make the cars look pretty cool.
    but the speed cameras ever other mile ruin the fun for all.

    I stopped to see Santa
    I am talking the REAL Santa.
    Mote on that later.

    I have about 400 miles to go before I reach Helsinki.
    I sure hope this front tire holds out until thrn.
  4. Wimke1971

    Wimke1971 Adventurer

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    Lalo, spilling beer! In Belgium you would get shot for that!

    Enjoy the Ride!
  5. Shapi

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    Yo Ed got your Velcro gloves! Mutton busting Norway style :drif
  6. flyingdutchman177

    flyingdutchman177 Adventurer

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    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
  7. flyingdutchman177

    flyingdutchman177 Adventurer

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    I need Velcro gloves to keep me from dropping my beer
  8. Hunter-Douglas

    Hunter-Douglas rube

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    THAT. Is a genius idea.
  9. Patrol

    Patrol VALE 46!

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    After so much crowing about Chimay in this RR I went out and found some. Ok, I get it.
  10. Marius356

    Marius356 back on Africa Twin!

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    Well they somehow are, as James May of Top Gear found out when he went to Finland to meet Mika Häkkinen.
    http://youtu.be/2bmqdnx5R1U :eek1

    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.
  11. flyingdutchman177

    flyingdutchman177 Adventurer

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    Glad I could be of service
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  12. flyingdutchman177

    flyingdutchman177 Adventurer

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    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
  13. Patrol

    Patrol VALE 46!

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    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.
  14. flyingdutchman177

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    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
  15. Patrol

    Patrol VALE 46!

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    Yuck. Dip into the wine stash, it will help you sleep.
  16. flyingdutchman177

    flyingdutchman177 Adventurer

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    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.

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  17. flyingdutchman177

    flyingdutchman177 Adventurer

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    The nice part about riding out of Lofoten in the rain was all the waterfalls everywhere............I mean everywhere!

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  18. flyingdutchman177

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    It started to clear up as I rode out

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  19. flyingdutchman177

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    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.

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  20. flyingdutchman177

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    Sitting on top of the world.
    Well almost
    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

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