My scoot ride reports

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by V Saarela, Aug 8, 2010.

  1. V Saarela

    V Saarela Been here awhile

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    ....to Geiranger





    Leave the ferry and some kilometers to Geiranger. Stop at "Örnsvingen", just
    before downhill to Geiranger. Örnsvingen is a nice place for great views.
    You see the other side of rise up from Geiranger, you can se Geiranger and
    of course....the great Geirangerfjorden.
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    Geiranger. Small village, but usually lot of tourists
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    Geirangerfjorden
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    Down to Geiranger it looks twisty on GPS
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    More Geirangerfjorden
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    Always big passengerships visiting Geiranger
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    Geiranger camping. Best place for take a walk in the touristcenterarea
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    Not first time I´m here.
    "My" chear, my table, my view, another beer
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    .....and walk in the area
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    To camping and fell in sleep. From here I should now turn back and go home, but.....?!?

    ....I will ride further



    To be continue....
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  2. V Saarela

    V Saarela Been here awhile

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    Day 4
    Geiranger to Lom
    http://maps.google.se/maps/ms?hl=sv...d=114517051368690652267.00048d72f8280ec499eb5




    Wake up early, it´s raining. Wait and wait and wait. Waiting to rain it stops, but instead
    it escalates. Give up and pack all stuff and tent in a wet heap. Everything is wet!:eek1

    Now the south rise from Geiranger. It´s a long uphill to do for Z and me and Z does very
    well. Do some stops after the road and check out where I´m coming from.











    Stop at the viewplateu and check out Geiranger down there
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    I see the camping near the water
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    The second plateu
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    Last check before the fog takes over the view
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    Little bit up
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    Entrance to Dalsnibba 1500 metres. Costs 80NOK. I really don´t know what I´m doing
    there. It´s amazing scenery from there, but today is raining, foggy and the road up is
    muddy and slippery:huh
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    Foggy at the top
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    Film: Preparing for Dalsnibba
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    Shorty one







    Dalsnibba was to much, I´m wet and freezing. Straight ahead to Lom. It´s early
    afternoon and I hire a cottage.
    Instead of riding today I start to drink beer.
    Warming up my frozen soal, drink beer and dry up everything, includind the tent.
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    Nice cottage
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    Lom roundabout. Weekend and sunny weather here are lot of tourists and others passing.
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    Felt sorry for Z. If I had room in the cottage.....?
    Well, nice afternoon and evening. Just take it easy, take walks and drink beer. Even the
    rain stoped. I get in the bed early
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    From Lom is my turn back home next day, but..........??


    To be continue...........................
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  3. AngryScot

    AngryScot .

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    this would do great in ride reports, but you are welcome to keep it here if ya like.

    :lurk
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  4. Zagando

    Zagando BMW uber alles!

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    You know how to travel, mate.

    Thoroughly inspiring journey you're taking---I
    look forward to every post/pic/video along the way.

    And I love that shot of your glass of Carlsberg, my favorite beer in the whole wide world!

    :thumb :thumb
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  5. V Saarela

    V Saarela Been here awhile

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    Angryscot: thank you :eek:) .... and thank you for keeping me here

    Zagando: I drink only beer, so every beer is my favourite, as long is not to dark. First beer is mostly a desperate on, then I get to a taster :1drink

    Of course....Carlsberg is a good beer
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  6. V Saarela

    V Saarela Been here awhile

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    Day 5

    Lom to Odda
    http://maps.google.se/maps/ms?hl=sv&gl=se&ie=UTF8&oe=UTF8&msa=0&msid=114517051368690652267.00048d74db3228fc76abb



    Today was my turn back home. Instead I go to opposite direction. It happens often
    to me :eek:)
    Day starts with little bit rain and fog. At the roundabout I ride round two-three times
    around.....wich direction???? ....and turn southwest.



    Jotunheim coming. Have ride this roads on motorcycle many times and on, not going
    on so fast thing, I´m surprised all that small things I´ve missed before.

    Beginning of Jotunheim
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    I decide to do a shortcut(not in time) over the road Turtagrö. Just before downhill and
    turning from Turtagrö, there are great scenerys. I know I can see the road climbing up after
    Turtagröroad, but......todays fog don´t let me see nothing.




    Turned on the Turtagrö.
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    Going uphill. Foggy
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    Same place one minute later. The fog moves fast.
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    Almost at the top
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    Down now....or doesn´t it looks there are more climbing? It´s five years since I was here
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    Technology has become also to Turtagrö. Just pull your Visacard. Last time I rode here
    you have to put money in an envelope
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    Down now. Out of gas. Weather is chanching now, warm and sunny is coming. Need that,
    unfortenly the fog destroyed Jotunhem and Turtagrö :eek:(
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    Lot of small cosy meanders downhill.
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    Stop and think..........
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    .........going now for the Laerdalstunnel. I know that I have abaout 70 kms tunnel to
    do,(.....*hosth*) longest is the Laerdalstunnel, 24,5 kms.
    Little bit worried to how the cars will take my slow ride through the tunnels.
    Am I in way of theme??



    .....to be continue....tunnels wich takes me to Hardangervidda and Odda
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  7. windburn

    windburn Long timer

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    This is one fine report. thanks for your epic well Photographed travels it make one want to make the trip.
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  8. V Saarela

    V Saarela Been here awhile

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    Nice windburn :eek:)




    ......continue

    The tunnels, my worries



    First long one, Laerdaltunnel 24,5 kms.
    Wide and straight, this one gives me no problems
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    There are three parkingplaces in the tunnel. Blue lights in theme, from distance before
    they look like ranbows.
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    Film: Z parks in the Laerdalstunnel
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    Shorty one, you don´t even manage to turn it off before it ends :D





    Tunnel ends. Took me almost 45 minutes to get through it. Laerdaltunnel is fairly new
    with good ventilation and didn´t feel much from exhaustfumes
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    Heavy stuff! Strange when very big passangerboats turns up middle of nowhere in
    the fjords?!?
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    Passing thrue many small tunnels. I learn to look behind, stop....and wait
    until there are no cars comming. Sometimes I´m in way anyway, but the
    cars are very kind and patient.
    Instead I feel from the smog. Tunnel uphill where a big diesellorry has
    drive........:huh
    One long tunnel more, Gudvannstunnel, this one 11,4 kms
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    Middle of nowhere again, in a small village, a BIG vikingfestival, checked out
    it a while
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    Keep on forward to Odda
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    ....after small nice roads
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    I´m riding a moped, so we both can drive at same time
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    Ferry from Bruravik, it takes me to area of Hardangervidda
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    My new hobby, founding free internetaccess. Here´s one outside a guesthouse :eek:)
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    Camping Odda
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    Take a walk berore bed. State that tomorrow will I follow this mountain.
    Låtefossen, famous waterfall, is also not far away
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    Next day....continue to Låtefossen
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  9. btcn

    btcn Long timer

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    Thats an awsome ride! That is a long way at a top speed of 42 Kph! That scoot must have some restrictions, as 60-65 kph would be average for a regular Honda 50 cc scoot. But you get to see a lot more cruising at that speed rather than flying down the road at 105 kph. Those are great pictures, and it looks like an amazing ride! I would love to ride that ride! :thumbup
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  10. V Saarela

    V Saarela Been here awhile

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    btcn thank you!
    Yes, swedish restriction for scoots are 52 kms/h. But you are allowed to ride only 45.

    Thes swedish Zoomer(Ruckus) have restriction at 45 on speedo. GPS shows the speed 42.


    Zoomer is a strong maskin, 4 hp. They say that Z do 45, matyer if it´s up....or down. That´s not true! :eek:)
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  11. V Saarela

    V Saarela Been here awhile

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    Day 6

    Odda-Stavanger
    http://maps.google.se/maps/ms?hl=sv...d=114517051368690652267.00048d867943bdd76e9d2





    Wake up to heavy rain. Rain stops after few minutes and instead very windy. It´s a
    little bit cold in the tent, but when I put my head out from the tentopening....I meet
    a warm wind on my face.
    The warm wind on face feels like, when get aboard on a plain in a cold country, and
    then 10 hours later take the first step out of plain at some 30 degrees warmer country.

    Well, strange warm wind?!?
    .....on Z and few kilometers ride the ordinary weather is back, rain!


    Låtefossen, famous waterfall
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    Film: Z goes for Låtefossen
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    Z takes a shower
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    Hitting Hardangervidda. Heavy head wind. It´s so heavy so Z keeps sped between 20 and
    40 kms/h. To get little bit more speed I have to turn on small roads. The forets on small
    roads gives Z protection from the wind and speeds up.



    Coffebrake, and.....
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    At same time, Z enjoys
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    Looks okay to goe forward
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    Ferry from Nesvik to Hjelmeland
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    Stavanger is not far away now, if I take the ferry from Tau.
    ....but



    ............to be continue.
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  12. EvilGenius

    EvilGenius 1.5 Finger Discount

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    Dhang!

    :thumb

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  13. V Saarela

    V Saarela Been here awhile

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    ........to the end of the road, Stavager







    Short ride to Tau and the ferry to Stavanger
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    The ferry has just left. New will be leaving in about 15 minutes.
    Takes me 30 seconds....neeeh, I´m not here for ferrys. I´ts to early for ending the
    day. I turn east and ride around instead.
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    I´ve decide to go for a boat next morning at Lysebotnfjorden. Boat takes about 2,5 hours
    and starts from Lauvik.
    Boat will go under this bridge. Nice bridge, ends in a tunnel.
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    Ferry again! It starts to cost this ferrys :eek:(
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    Z and I stroll around in Stavanger. Hide a while for a short heavy rain and then end up
    at Stavanger camping.
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    Exactly! Just something like that I will fix if I stoped riding bikes.
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    Dutch caravancamper. Nice!
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    Early in bed. Tomorrow ride back about 50 kms to the ferry Lysebotn



    .....to be continued
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  14. V Saarela

    V Saarela Been here awhile

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    Day 7

    Stavanger to Notodden
    http://maps.google.se/maps/ms?hl=sv&gl=se&ie=UTF8&oe=UTF8&msa=0&msid=114517051368690652267.00048d9c11363934d8370
    (not exactly the road I ride, but shows Stavanger, Lysbotn and Notodden)

    Todays subject is the 2,5 hours touristboat after Lysebotnfjorden and of course the
    34 meanders climp up from Lysebotn. I´m sure Z manage gallant all meanders.



    Back to Lauvik. I´m early, lot of time so we do follow some small roads.
    Wait about half an hour for the boat which takes me to Lysebotn
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    Short journey to Forsand where we picup more cars and people
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    Under the bridge which I passed day before
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    ....and 2,5 hours Lysebotnfjord comming
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    Boat stops and they tell a story about past when people didn´t pay there taxes
    was leaved here
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    Isn´the boat close? This is not a rowboat!
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    Preikestolen. 600 meter, though boys dangle their feets over the edge and same time
    eating bananas. To get there, you have to walk at leat two hours one way. I´ve going
    for that two times, both times I started to drink beer instead
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    Google "Preikestolen"





    Z doesn´t care about the views
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    Whiskey fall. Story avout a german climbing up to a lonely women, started to make
    whiskey up there. It was not allowed
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    About 500 seals lives after the fjord. One of theme
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    Lysebotn comming
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    Kjerag, 1000 metres. There are a big stone wedged between two rocks. You can go from
    the rock to rock over the stone....if you are though
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    Google "kjeragbolten"





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    Lysebotnfjorden behind now
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    ....and end of the fjord. Lysebotn now
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    ....to be continud. Z goes the 34 meanders
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  15. techguy

    techguy Scooter Trash

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    Nice report and good job on you English. There are minor issues and some word run together. Great job! Better than my Swedish...Finish ... or...?

    I have ever heard of tunnels that take 45 minute to ride/drive through and have parking inside.
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  16. techguy

    techguy Scooter Trash

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    Nice American school bus converted to a camper. When you see them here they paint them as you cannot leave the School Bus signs.

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    This one is really fancy. Most are very ugly.
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  17. V Saarela

    V Saarela Been here awhile

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    Thank´s techguy for your input and info.

    Really nice looking camper. I suppose they are cheap to buy before converting. When did they stop manufacture them....or are they srill produce them?
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  18. V Saarela

    V Saarela Been here awhile

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    Z climbs, 34 meanders to do......





    Up there we have to do
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    First part starts with a tunnel which goes in spiral
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    After tunnel a little bit up
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    Film: Lysebotn meanders part 1
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    Long video, don´t fell in sleep :eek:)





    Start to see the top
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    Can´t nee anymore the harbour
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    Z does the meanders very well, but the climbing is not finnished yet
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    Film: Lysebotn meanders part 2
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    Next time I do the film downhill, they will be at least five times shorter :D





    From the plateu you do some climbing. I met some finnsish motorcyclists. They haved
    turned back, felt if you slip ....it´s a loooooooong bit rolling to the village
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    I can see that couple has get to the top
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    Climbing from the plateu continues
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    Heavy head wind now. Throttle is full long time and Z does the record by doing 16,8 kms/h.
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    Landscape is hard
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    Z take a rest. Have to make a phonecall. Tried to hide behind every rock I could, but the
    wind followed where ever I hide, didn´t here anything....
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    ....to be continue

    ....... finding some climbing roads before Notodden
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  19. V Saarela

    V Saarela Been here awhile

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    ....continue



    Road from Lysebotn ends. Short ride and found some mountains again and turn.....



    Road 45 takes med to village Dalen
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    Z notes that water is trickles....and we leave in huryy
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    Village Dalen. Just to crawl down there
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    Ehh?!? Have been down at Dalen. Now have to climb up at the other side
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    Starts to rain. Riding mountains and freezing. No tent for me at Notodden camping.
    Warm and big cottage for this night.
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    I´m now about 100 kms east of Oslo, the capital.
    From here I have to gos north and home.
    .....or, will I do that?



    .....to be continued
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  20. V Saarela

    V Saarela Been here awhile

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    Question:

    In Sweden we call the meanders for serpentiner.

    Feels that serpentin is an english word? Or is it named meander or do english languade use another term for it?
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