Catalan girl with Swiss GS visiting the Vikings

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Marta-GS, Jul 1, 2010.

  1. Steve Glenn

    Steve Glenn Been here awhile

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    Have a great trip!:lurk
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  2. Martigo

    Martigo Kreisverkehrfahrer

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    Hi Marta,

    Have fun-and ride safe!!!

    With very nice regards...:wave
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  3. asi00007

    asi00007 Adventurer

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    enjoy your 2.5 weeks and be carefull on the road...
    :clap
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  4. LocuL

    LocuL Gnarly Infantry

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    Have a beautyful trip. I´m very envy. Norway is one the most beautyful countries i´ve ever seen and ridden in. When the bikes project is is done(1yr) i´m off again.

    Regards
    Mikael
    Denmark
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  5. mopulga

    mopulga Been here awhile

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    Awesome thus far!! Look forward to reading the updates! I like your signature as well. Very true...

    Ciao,
    imv
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  6. Marta-GS

    Marta-GS Discovering the world

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    Hi guys,
    Thanks again for all your comments!
    It's great reading them, I don't feel alone!


    Below today's update:


    Cell phone alarm started ringing at 8.00 AM. Couldn't wake up. Decided to count up to 25 and think then what to do next. I've ended up counting up to 150...
    The problem is that yesterday I went to bed almost at 2 AM. Always happens the same to me, it takes an awful lot of time posting pics and writing reports on the road!
    I've finished the apple juice I bought yesterday in the petrol station, loaded everything on the bike and just before 10 AM I was heading to road 41.
    Wanted to see a bit of the interior of Norway and according to the map this road was going to be beautiful.
    Weather couldn't be any better. Sunny, no clouds and a bit chilly.
    At the beginning I was a bit disappointed with the road. One village was sticking to the other and speed limits were of 40-50 Km. My God! But things improved quickly. Less and less villages and road going up and getting twisty.
    Suddendly I see the first 'beware of elks' sign. That's a 'must have' pic! So I've stopped and taken the coveted photo. Yeiii...
    Road was getting better and better and landscape nicer and nicer. Wide (and not very deep) river making 'lake-like' shapes and lots of conifers. I've never been in Alaska or Canada but I guess it must look similar...
    Around midday I was starving so decided to have a picnic.
    I stopped in one of the many picnic areas around the Norwegian roads and enjoyed a couple of slices of Swiss bread (still in good condition!), olive oil from Southern Spain (can't eat bread without it!) and smoked beef meat from Switzerland (from the Graubunden!). Mmmmmm, everything was so tasty!
    The only negative point: the bugs! Ugh, how many of them, what a pain! I wished several times I was a cow to have a tail to get rid of them...
    I've had to stop several times to make pics. The landscape was beautiful.
    Good decision having taken this road!
    Once finished (in Brunkeberg), then I've taken a bit of the E134 and a bit of the 361 to get to road 40. In the map this one looked promising as well.
    Reality: it was OK, but 41 wass better!
    I have to say that both of them (40 and 41) were not in a very good condition (to say it nicely). The route was great (endless smooth curves one after the other) but the surface was soooo bumpy!
    But when I say bumpy I mean REALLY bumpy.
    I was standing on the bike most of the time just to avoid the shakes due to the potholes...
    Well, and not only for the potholes...
    My butt was aching so much that I had to find some ways to make me feel better... (this special super-super-super low seat I have, helps me to reach the ground, but is killing my butt...). I know that in the next days it will get better, but the first trip days are hard!
    One of the funniest part of road 40 is from Uvdal to Dagali. It climbs up to 1100 metres (ski station area) and has quite a few funny curves. Love going up the hill with the 1200, hahaha...
    However, this stretch was the worst of the whole day in terms of bumps. My God, even for the GS some of them were too much...
    I've arrived to Geilo around 18h and decided that I could call it a day so it was time to find somewhere to sleep.
    One sign next to the road was advertising for appartments and decided to go for one. Best decision ever! For the same price as yesterday, today I got a full-equiped apartment for me (even bigger than the flat I've rented in Switzerland!).
    The pitty was that I hadn't any 'cookable' food with me and. being Sunday 18h, nothing was open to get food.
    So I went for a walk in town and ended up eating a huge hamburger in a local fast-food shop (1000 times better than the one yesterday at MD).
    With my belly full, went back to the apartment, had a relaxing shower and started my daily homework.


    Numbers of the day: 440 Km ridden, 8.5h hours on the road (picnic and quick visit to Uvdal Stave church included).


    And, as usual, some pics!




    Today's route: Kristiansand-Geilo
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    First 'elk' sign of the trip
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    Beautiful landscape in Telemark:
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    Marta
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    Heidi
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    The picnic:
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    Nice landscape close to Vradal:
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    Direction Bolkesjo:
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    Uvdal Stavkirche:
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    Somewhere between Uvdal and Geilo
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    Our home tonight (inside):

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    Gourmet dinner:
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    All pictures here:
    http://picasaweb.google.es/MartaDucatona/Noruega2010#
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  7. Bubba Satori

    Bubba Satori Finding my way home

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    Nice report. Wish I was there. Thanks.
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  8. JayElDee

    JayElDee not saying what I mean

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    your picnic looked great. keep the report coming and thanks.

    How low is your seat on Heidi? What is the seat height? Is there ANY padding?

    John
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  9. pyrate

    pyrate Walking the plank

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    Looking forward to your trip. Have fun!!
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  10. G-Wing

    G-Wing Been here awhile

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    Thanks for bringing us along :D This is gonna be fun :clap
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  11. Marta-GS

    Marta-GS Discovering the world

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    I'll do my best to keep you posted, but can't promise! :D
    Re the seat: not quite sure what is the seat height but is lower than the lower one from BMW.
    There's a bit of padding, but not a lot, here the problem! :D
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  12. Marta-GS

    Marta-GS Discovering the world

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    Sorry. missed this question!
    My original idea was going to Nordkapp but then I realized that's it's a bit far, so I don't know if I'll get there or not.
    I reallz want to enjoy Norway, not riding like crazy because I have to get there (and... on top of that, I was there in 2000, so 'the tick is already in the checklist :D).
    Tor, you live in a wonderful country, lucky you!!!
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  13. lurch519

    lurch519 Adventurer

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    WOW ! That is some beautifull country ! Best of luck on a safe ride.
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  14. Botta

    Botta Adventurer

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    Looks like a wonderful trip.
    Thanks for sharing, I'm in.:lurk
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  15. Cooltours

    Cooltours Rider of passion

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    Congrats on your entrance/appearance here on ADVrider!! In total opposite to many others you start with an introduction instead of asking for something. Than you prove being a real advrider by posting a picture from you riding through snowy central <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on">Europe. Later on you prove beeing clever by attaching REAL paneers instead of plastic stuff to your standard GS. A</st1:place>nd finally; You post real ridereports including pics.... Now, THAT's what I call an appearance!!<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    Nice gals, nice blog! I'm in! <o:p></o:p>
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  16. tortugo

    tortugo Adventurer

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    JOJOJO... I love Catalan girls... ;)
    Regadrs Martona!!!!
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  17. matapo

    matapo Been here awhile

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    Bravo Marta.
    It s the trip that most europeans dreams off.
    I hope I had the courage to take this trip by myself.
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  18. Andres A

    Andres A FINDING NEMO

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    Marta, acaso lo que veo es jamon serrano y pan con aceite??

    Suerte y gracias por compartir tu experiencia!!!:clap:clap




    The picnic:
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  19. froden

    froden Adventurer

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    This one gave me goosebumps! I used to drive there every other day (at least!) during my time at the university (in Grimstad). I loved that rest stop, I would spend hours in the sun there, listening to the river.

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  20. Dave.vdv

    Dave.vdv n00b

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    Great ride and the wheater seems fine was a bit afraid of that because I'm leaving for norway on Wednesday, norway is so beautiful.

    Btw the 9 starting from kristiansand is a very nice road to, enjoy yourself and maybe see you around...:D
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