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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Stijn_M, Jun 20, 2013.
Sorry for the big delay on the journal, I'll get right on it!
empty tanks, reindeer, wheelies, broken vans and no beer...
Rubberized 588km of tarmac
After packing up, we studied the map and decided to head on to Mehamn. We drove a couple of kilometer on the already familiar road towards Tana, and took a right next to a gas station and drove on ignoring it... Arrived at the intersection with the sign 'Mehamn 100Km', it turned out the local gas pump wouldn't accept our credit cards. The Shop owner explained us the card machine was placed the day before and had yet to be activated, and that he wasn't responsible of the pump so we couldn't get any gas. The closest gas station was either the one we past 65km back, 70km in the direction of the northcape...or the one in Mehamn 100km up north. With 400km on the odometer of the xt's (we always skipped a fuel stop from the gs so pieter had approx. 200km on the odo)we knew reaching Mehamn could get tricky. But Simon and I still had around 1.5l of fuel in our small auxiliary cans, so we decided to take the risk and squeeze every drop out of our tanks. On 'route 888' to Mehamn the scenerey was terrific! The fog gave the open plains and mountain flanks a mysterious look. Due to the fuel shortage we changed our driving style, often killing our engines when rolling down hill. Finally we reached Mehamn 'odometer: 510km' and empy tanks but we made it! We filled our tanks, our tubby's and adv forum with some pics.
En route back from Mehamn:
While taking the group photo one of our cell phones rang, turned out to be Pia (our friend we would meet at the north cape) she told us her van broke down 500m before reaching the cape. She already called a garage who would tow the van back to Honningsvåg according to what she explained to us probably the alternator broke, leaving the battery dead. She would stay the night at the youth hostel and wait for news from the garage. Normally we would reach Honningsvåg a day later but decided we couldn't leave a damsel in distress, so drove on to our next destination. The windscreen in the back of the van surely had nothing to do with decision being made.
some info regarding Honningsvåg:
some pics we made on the way:
Arrived at Honningsvåg we met Pia in front of the supermarket, I went in and bought some beers to enjoy the evening. Putting the beer and some other stuff on the counter the cashier made a quick call :huh before addressing me that she couldn't sell me the beer. I assured her i was over 21 and pulled out my id. Turned out you can't buy beer after 20h, that explains the silly elastic string through the door handles of the coolers. Ahh well as stupid some laws may be, you can't change them. We headed of to the youth hostel, checked in, made some soup, cracked a bottle of rum from Pia, changed story's and enjoyed the warmth of the midnightsun! Plans were forged of renting a hytte (cheaper than the hostel), because it was Friday and the van would utterly drive on Monday, we would keep Pia company for the weekend.
The hostel around 03h
Leuk om hier eens iets van Belgen te lezen!!! Super tripje precies!
Keep up the good work!
Van waar zijn jullie?
Wij zijn van Herentals, prov. Antwerpen.
Was een supertrip!
Ik ben van Hechtel in de Limbuuurg...
In 2011 ook Noordkaap gedaan eind mei begin juni.... regen, regen en dan nog wa regen... temperatuur gemiddeld zo een 8 graden. Maar wat een geweldig land (Zweden, Finland en Noorwegen). Ga zeker nog eens terug. We, 4 mannen van boven de vijftig, waren op drie en halve dag boven aan den bol en toen via de Lofoten naar beneden in 12 dagen, wat een beetje weinig is.
Dit jaar via Normandie naar Ierland en Schotland.... ook sjiek...
Een mooi rapport dat jullie hier delen en ik vind het geweldig dat er eindelijk eens een rapport is van jonge kerels... want de gemiddelde leeftijd van de meeste motards is gewoonlijk zo rond de midlife crisis jaren...
bedankt manne en laat het vervolg maar kome...
I am from Hechtel in Belgium like the adventure riders in this RR.
Also did the North-cap in 2011, end of may beginning July. Very sorry to say we had some rain, rain and then some more rain. Temperature around 8° C... But what a great country (Sweden, Finland, Norway....) Going back for sure. We, four guys above fifty, drove up to the globe in three and a half days and back down trough Norway 's Lofoten totalling twelve days of riding. Which is a little short.
This year did Normandy, Ireland an Scotland.... grrrreat!!
Great RR you guys are sharing and even more so because you are not of midlife crisis age as are most of the bikers on this forum......
Thanks and waiting for the rest....
First things first, and that was to retrieve my windscreen out of the van which stood in the garage. At the garage the mechanic confirmed us the alternator was broken. Question was, do you want a genuine part (would take a long time) or an aftermarket which could be delivered and installed on Monday? easy questions demand easy answers. I could finally install my new windscreen, so no more pesty bugs between my teeth... as long as I don't bust it again We drove off in direction of the north cape, rented a hytte halfway, dropped our excessive luggage and visited the cape. Arrived there I was a bit stumped by the amount they charge to park there, but you can visit the exhibition in the cellars and it's valid 24h. The exhibition tells the discovery of the cape and WW2's local sea battles leading to many lost souls at sea.
Look at that clean windscreen!
Later on at the hytte, we decided we would ride on towards Tromsø the next morning. It would take us 2 days and we could collect our brake pads in Tromsø that Monday. Pia's van would be fixed Monday morning, so she would meet us there.
A gs makes a great field kitchen
Try the postal road South from Alta if you like a break from the tarmac. Link in my sig.
Rockcarvings 'n Canyons
Around 9 we packed up, and left towards Alta. Pia would head back towards the city and stay there till here van was fixed (monday noon). We left Honningsvåg en headed into the deep, dark and ice cold tunnel leading towards the mainland. We enjoyed the nice landscape wile riding towards Alta. Here we visited the World Heritage Rock Art Centre - Alta museum. Where you can see several carvings dating from 5000 bc till around the year 200 if i'm correct. Visiting the museum is definitely worth the effort, if you're in the area.
the view from the bay at the museum
and a small but nicely reconstructed canoe
After our visit -we took our time in the museum- we decided to search for a nice camping spot. I read in a book that near Alta there should be one of the biggest gorges in Europe, so we decided to go look for it and maybe place camp around there. While looking for it we hit a dead end somewhere south of Alta. Luckily there was a local oldtimer motorcycle meeting at the dead end, so we stopped and asked the lads for help. Going towards the canyon by motor cycle wouldn't be allowed. All trails seem to be forbidden for motor traffic. They showed us a nice alternative further east of the canyon. We talked on a bit discussing there nice oldtimers , our trip and hints on some wonderful routes and must see's on our way south.
The route east was wonderful we crossed the Alta river valley and headed on into the forest doing some nice gravel/ rocky roads as a shortcut. Else we needed to drive all the way back to Alta. Some where on a hill side we came up to a small trail, a local man told us the road we were trying to take wasn't accessible further on. Being it a snowmobile trail and having all the luggage strapped at the back that was a no-go-show. So he directed us a km back to take the other road towards the village we wanted to go. The road there offered many waterfall's and pretty views, we arrived at a lake south east of Alta and knew this would make a great camp spot. We set up camp enjoyed our spaghetti and some beers and hit the sack. The next day we would depart to Tromsø.
seen better times...
Anyone asked for a mosquito?
that would have been a great id, but that didn't realy fit our planning. We needed tot retrieve some brake pads in Tromsø. I believe where the oldtimer meeting was, the postal road also started.
...reading your RR, if I go up again it will definitely be on my route
And thank you all for the positive replies! I'll try to spend more time on writing the RR, cause it's taking me way to long... Sorry lads.
Heading to Tromsø
Another sunny start and that on a Sunday! Packing up a dry tent is way more fun than a soaked one... We drove on enjoying the nice coastal road, until we encountered the first road works. Not that big a problem, unless you're stuck behind a caravan of circus trucks. On a road full of curves and road works it can be a pain in the ass to pass +20 trucks, especially if you need to do it 3 times. we had to do a fuel stop and had to eat on some occasion. Luckily most of the truckers kept some space from each other so we could squeeze in between and overtake them one by one, right up to the point where we could take a ferry towards Tromsø.
shot from the first ferry
Waiting for the second one
Arrived at Tromsø we came to an hotel, where checking in was, uhm well special. I tried opening the door?? "locked?? Didn't I just saw people running around in there.... mhh and no doorbell? hey! a telefone!" Turned out the hotel desk was only manned in the morning, the woman told us we could have a room upstairs, retrieve the key from some locker and we would settle the rest the next day. Looking at the vending machines in the hallway we found it a bit odd, but the room was a fair price. Especially for us being in the middle of town. And all we wanted was a shower to wash of all the mosquito ointment, enjoy the delights of the local cuisine and of course, hit a bar. first off we went to a local restaurant Skarven and enjoyed some local dishes. The night was still young when we finished supper so we hit the local bars, and lucky us... We found out it was possible to pay with card in the bars...
Goe bezig kerels, ben benieuwd naar de rest
Grtz, Philip! (aka Moto Adventure Store)
Vorig jaar ook naar de Noordkaap geweest. Na 4 jaar in het zuiden van Noorwegen te rijden, ben ik via Zweden en Finland naar de Noordkaap gereden.
Terug via de Lofoten en westkust. Inderdaad, voor het goede weer moet je er niet zijn, maar wat een prachtlanden zijn dit.
First off, we retrieved our brake pads at the yamaha dealer, genuine brembo. These turned out to be somewhat expensive, but we needed them. Plans were forged to spend the day in town and visit some museums. We booked an extra night at our hotel. Pia send us a message that here van was fixed and she would arrive in evening at Tromsø. We wanted to go see the 'ice' church but came to the conclusion you need to pay... I really don't understand this... paying admittance for a house of religion? This seemed to be the trend for all the churches we wanted to visit in Norway. The church itself is a modern, abstract looking building wich draws a lot of tourists. We drove on to the Polaria aquarium, the aquaria itself are nice, although we expected a bit more. If you're there with the kids they'll probably love it.
Tromsø university museum is also worthwhile a visit, this is an allround museum showing some pieces from Alta around the rock carvings, a skeleton of a bottlenose whale etc.
Afterwards we went towards the Polar museum, this museum is definitely worth a visit. It shows you a unique view on the history of the north pole, its wildlife and the trappers whom hunted it.
So we had our dose of culture for the week, the next morning we could ride to Senja and the Lofoten. Later that evening Pia arrived with her repaired van and we went out for a last drink in Tromsø.
Super report met gave foto's en een prachtige rit mannen!
The buzzer went at 7.30, after a fresh shower and packing up we opened the curtains and saw some man in uniform was walking around our bikes, whoopy that's always fun... Turned out we needed to pay parking fee and we were getting fined. I explained the man that I saw a plate with a P on it so usually that means parking... It had a plate with Norse writing beneath it, but that could well be jiberisch for me. The small plate meant we needed to get a parking ticket somewhere. After some haggling and discussing where the vending machine was and where to put the ticket and us not understanding Norwegian he let us of the hook. Lucky us parking fines are pretty hefty, the man told us. We left Tromsø behind and past the airport to go towards the ferry which would bring us to Senja. Arrived there we could just see the ferry leaving 5 minutes late maybe, we'll the next one no prob... well turned out there were only 3 ferry runs, and the next one would take 5 hours. At least Simon and Pieter now had time to change their brake pads
looks a bit worn...
the new ones!
The pads were changed quickly meaning we still had time to spare. Across the fjord we noticed a bridge leading to a small island with a town on it. Simon and I went to check it out. In town we managed to buy some groceries etc.
On the ferry, the closer we got to Senja the more the clouds started packing together. The island is very beautiful, it could have been better with some sunshine and a few degrees hotter but still these low clouds also had its charm, it gave the surrounding cliffs and valleys a somewhat mysterious touch.
our photographer shot: not literally of course...
In Gryllefjord we needed to take the ferry towards the Lofoten, yet again we arrived 15m late and had to wait for the next day. We started looking for a camp spot but due the weather most open spots were either very swampy or build on. We drove back a few km's and found a nice spot near a small bay.
very nice report, guys ! it's great to see you young men are in for the adventure. nice pictures also.
thanks for sharing.
And,... we zijn begot buren, want ik woon in Geel. :)
nice report :) liking the gourmet camping!
funny how I was thinking 'gravel with hard panniers, I hope that works out' and only minutes into the report 2 people tip over and hurt their feet... reminds me to get soft bags for my next trip
Great ride report!
What about prices of gasoline? Did you slep all way in tents or you have use some B&B?
One of my dreams to go there, not sure if with my bike though.. Maybe when I get a new one
Thanks for the pcis!