Seeking riders for Bulgaria to Nordcapp July 2013

Discussion in 'Europe' started by SpecialAgentNancy, Oct 12, 2012.

  1. SpecialAgentNancy

    SpecialAgentNancy & your little dog 2!

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2008
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    591
    Location:
    San Francisco
    Rough trip plan.

    Photos of most of the sights on my Smugmug album here.
    http://specialagentnancy.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Nordcapp-2013/25723664_bKdL33

    30 days give or take a week.
    I’ve done this kind of ride 4 times now, so feel free to look them up here and read through them. Still posting my recent ride to Portugal here.
    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=828439

    Depart Sofia Bulgaria beginning July and get to the Nordkapp by mid July. Best chance for good weather and return by end of month.

    Day 1. Long autobahn day to Budapest. Stay overnight outside of city and depending on interest spend a morning visiting or press on. I’ve been here before. 900km day.
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    <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--> Day 2-Budapest to Prague. I know a motorcyclist here we can probably stay with and find a safe place for the bikes if there is an interest. Perhaps visit the Church of Bones (Kutna Hora) on the way to Poland

    Day 3- Enter Poland from the Southern Karkonosze Mountains and visit in a loop the towns of Karpacz, Szklarska Poreba, Cieplice and Sobieszow and pick one to camp by. 200km
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Locked="false" Priority="31" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" QFormat="true" Name="Subtle Reference"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="32" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" QFormat="true" Name="Intense Reference"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="33" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" QFormat="true" Name="Book Title"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="37" Name="Bibliography"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="39" QFormat="true" Name="TOC Heading"/> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman","serif";} </style> <![endif]--> Ride around Walbrzych Ksiaz castle.
    Camp near Sucha Czoch castle on lake or if in for a little luxury at Polish prices
    http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Re...a_Lesser_Poland_Province_Southern_Poland.html

    Day 4 - Klodzko valley. Where another Chapel of skulls can be found and a charming town called Kaplica Czaszek near Kudowa Zdroj on the same route 387 and perhaps stop for a walk through a bizarre geological phenomenon of sandstone at Gory Stolowe.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Table_Mountains

    Day 5 – Poznan looks like a beautiful city and passing through Frombork on the Northern border to Lithuania is a fortified town worth riding through. 400km

    Day 6 – Enter Lithuania. Visit Kernave (a UNESCO site) then ride to nearby Trakai Island Castle and walk the grounds and camp nearby. 400km

    <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--> Day 7 – Zervynos in the Varena region is a quaint town with an unpaved road and there is Aukstaitija National Park has an 800 year old tree believed to have been part of pagan sacrifices. 300 km loop

    Day 8 – Cross the border into Latvia and go to Riga where a palace that rivals Versailles is worth a visit. Riga boasts the largest Art Nouveau Architecture of any city and its city centre also a UNESCO world heritage site. 250km

    Day 9 – Guaja valley is on the way to Estonia and quite beautiful.
    http://www.latvia.travel/en/gauja-national-park

    Day 10 – Cross into Estonia. Tallinn is a compact city with a fantastic skyline view from the Toompea Hill. The Danes had erected a stone castle here and the Viru Gate is part of the original fortifications. The old town is another UNESCO site. 300 km


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  2. SpecialAgentNancy

    SpecialAgentNancy & your little dog 2!

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2008
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    Location:
    San Francisco
    Had to post separately due to maximum characters

    <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]-->[FONT=&quot]Day 11 – Ride to St. Petersburg. 400 km

    Day 12 – visit the city. Walk the all the old bridges, especially the Lion’s bridge. Visit the Hermitage and see how the Tsars lived.

    Day 13 – Cross border into Finland and ride the coast towards Helsinki and shoot for Tampere. This is mosquito hell, get through it quickly! 500km

    Day 14 – Get to ferry port of Vaasa and cross to Sweden to Holmsund, where I know a fellow ADV rider (DirtyADV) with a KTM and a warm bed complete with a dinner of Surstromming (rotten fish). 250 km (hoping for an overnight ferry)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surströmming

    Day 15 – Ride to the Nordkapp. 1000km

    Day 16 – camp overnight

    Day 17 – Back to Holmsund for a second overnight stay with my friend. We rode through Eastern Europe about 4 years back. Here is the RR link
    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=577386

    Day 18 – Ride West to Norway. Head for the central part of Norway and the mountains of Rondane and the town of Sjusjoen (near Lillehammer) (the largest open air museum) known for its 120+ wooden buildings. 800 km

    Day 19 – Wander area and rest.

    Day 20 – Ride west to the coast and Geirangerfjord, fabled to be the most beautiful of Norway’s fjords. Take the Eagles Road from Dalsnibba to Orneveien. 300 km

    Day 21- Visit Trollveggen. Europe’s highest vertical mountain on the way to Sogenfjorden, the longest fjord, just North of Bergen. See the famous Briksdalsbreen glacier.

    Day 22 – Ride south to hardanger and see the famous waterfalls. 500 km
    [/FONT][FONT=&quot]http://www.visitnorway.com/en/Product/?pid=104728[/FONT][FONT=&quot]

    Continue south to Lysefjorden to see Prekestolen. A towering cliff of 597 meters. 200km

    Day 23 – Leave Norway via port town of Kristiansand for our ferry to Denmark and a homestay with a couple I met in France on my last trip.

    Day 24 – Ride south through Denmark to Germany

    Day 25 – Visit the Berlin Wall.

    Day 26 – Head south to see Hitler’s Eagles Nest.

    Day 27 – Ride to buchenwald concentration camp near Weimar in central Germany and if time and endurance permits, Trier, a Unesco town with Roman monuments and thermal baths on the western border.

    Day 28 – Take the “Romantic Road” in the Bavarian region of Southeast Germany from Wurzburg to Fussen. 400 km of picturesque winding roads in the Moselle valley.

    Day 29 – Ride back towards Bulgaria through Austrian mountains

    Day 30 – Spend the night with my adopted Serbian family in Opovo north of Belgrade.

    Day 31 – back to Sofia

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  3. tagesk

    tagesk Tuscan rider

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    This photo was taken about 400 km south of Nordkapp, at Kvænangsfjellet.
    Last week of July.
    Altitude is a mere 600 meters, but the temperature was 4 degrees C.
    Welcome to the Arctic.


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    Nordkapp (at 2AM - not dark)
    Seven degrees and the strongest side wind I have ever (!) had to ride through.


    You will have to be exceptionally lucky with the weather to do that.
    We were 37 days in Northern Europe this summer (on the bike).
    It rained on 32 of those 37 days.

    The bad weather is, in general, under-communicated.
    Not that it is any obstacle, but 1000-km days should be planned only with the outmost care and preparations.
    It is particularly ill advised when you can not pick your time of departure.

    I'll return with more positive feedback shortly.

    [TaSK]
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  4. SpecialAgentNancy

    SpecialAgentNancy & your little dog 2!

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    I've heard about the epic crosswinds and rain and cold.

    I'd like to make this a 5-6 week ride but am trying to shove it into a month which seems more manageable to most people.

    Also another option is to let my friend drive me up there in a car. 1000km in a car is no problem.
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  5. tagesk

    tagesk Tuscan rider

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    The problem is that the last, what, 200 km you are riding north.
    To your left you have the North Atlantic.
    It is not know to offer smooth sailing.

    We're talking about the Arctic; there are no trees or even bushes to dampen the wind.

    [TaSK]
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  6. hawkpilot2

    hawkpilot2 Adventurer

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    My Son and I rode with Nancy this summer from Bulgaria to Portugal and back to Italy and she does know what she is doing and is very experienced. She had all her bases covered and is definitely someone that doesn't need looking after....(just make sure she is well fed!) She brings a lot of traveling experience to a group. If I was not moving back the U.S. next month I would definitely sign up!

    I did this trip a few years ago during July and did not run into hardly any bad weather and we did manage to see observe the Sun not setting in Nordcapp. I rode up through Sweden, and Norway and then back down through Finland. Met some great people and saw some great places. I did not experience any driving wind or rain on my route. Just watch out for all the damn reindeer!

    I'll be looking forward to hear about the details of this trip as it shakes out....

    Dan
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  7. SpecialAgentNancy

    SpecialAgentNancy & your little dog 2!

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    Uh hun. :ricky

    Same goes for you Dan. This last ride to Portugal with you was the best ever for all the same reasons you quoted about me. Danny turned out to be an exceptional riding partner too, very impressed with his skill.

    Looking forward to riding here together in California and Oregon when you eventually make it back!
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  8. DaveH-GB

    DaveH-GB Not just dreaming

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    Unfortunately not able to do this now. Trip to the Himalayas just became available and won't be back until around the 15th of July. Shame as I aimed to do this last year and ended up with riding companions pulling out so only got as far as Trondheim. Will continue to check back to in case your dates change.
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  9. SpecialAgentNancy

    SpecialAgentNancy & your little dog 2!

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    Well I certainly don't be-grudge you for the Himalayas. Wow, sounds like an adventure!

    My dates are flexible. I suggested July because of recommendations by others as to timing. Arctic circle and biblical hoards of mosquitoes and all, but let's talk over PM if you really want to do this and the only obstacle are the dates.

    Don't worry about me pulling out. Once I commit, nothing will change that.
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  10. SpecialAgentNancy

    SpecialAgentNancy & your little dog 2!

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    Thinking I may chop this into 2 rides over 2 summers, so one way to the Nordkapp, store the bike for a year and ride back the following summer.

    I suffered neck strain from all the highways we took on the Portugal ride, not going through that again.
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  11. V Saarela

    V Saarela Been here awhile

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    The reindeers in north are used with cars and motorcycles. After visiting North Cape about 7-8 times and also been in the area several times, I sometimes spend times to clock them.

    Found them laziest on the road to North Cape and do about just 30 kph. At the sistercape Nordkyn they do 10kph faster. At the area Muonio the reindeers are so big that, they stay middle of the road, stare in you eyes and......YOU MOVE IF YOU WANT TO PASS HERE! :norton
    I have also see reinders in middle of Saariselkä, window shopping.

    Of course, be aware of the reindeers!

    Reindeer on road North cape. This one manage 30 kph

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  12. SpecialAgentNancy

    SpecialAgentNancy & your little dog 2!

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    Love it! thanks for sharing the photo!
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  13. WIBO

    WIBO Will it buff out?

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    Hi

    I wanted to get back to Maroc...so......I half organized a trip.....lol

    I've just come back from winging it with a group of weirdos in this RReport :D

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=841901

    Would consider a jaunt for sure....but would have to wait closer to the time..but certainly open to the possibility of another good ride out...put me down as a possibility?....(If you need to know anything else by all means ping me a PM to find out if I'm a weirdo or not..:D..I'll glady answer any questions as to sanity or not :rofl )

    Warmest regards

    :D
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  14. SpecialAgentNancy

    SpecialAgentNancy & your little dog 2!

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    Wow! that's a lot of riders to coordinate over 2 weeks, enjoyed your RR so far, still reading.
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  15. WIBO

    WIBO Will it buff out?

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    Good evening...

    Organize (or disorganize) the Team of Goats...easy..just like goats,once one of us goes somewhere then the rest just follow!!!:rofl

    I'll be keeping an eye on any plans you publish for sure....




    :D
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  16. macrae85

    macrae85 Been here awhile

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    I would love to go to the Nordkapp,have failed 3 times now,two to a social life(and good bands)
    getting in the way,and Hurricane Katrina(well the 2nd one after Katrina,went up the Eastern Seaboard
    and slammed into Norway!).
    Will keep it in mind,my "Euro" bike is currently in Barcelona,Spain,but Bulgaria is a 15hr ride away
    (5.5hrs to cross Italy from Civitavecchia to Bari,ferry to Athens,9.5hr ride north!).Would be up for a one
    way trip,options for later.
    Keep this updated,if i dont get off to Sth America,i'm certainly interested(would like to see some Poznan/
    Riga friends enroute though!).
    Regards;
    Bill.
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    Aftermath of a hurricane.......muchos water! :)
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  17. SpecialAgentNancy

    SpecialAgentNancy & your little dog 2!

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    Fantastic photo.

    Yeah 9000 miles this last trip I did from Bulgaria to Portugal and back again. Strained my neck so bad, been seeing a chiropractor for months. Yeah, not again.
    So thinking, one way to nordcapp, park the bike with my friend in Sweden, fly home.

    Following year, ride back down south or sell the bike. Who knows.

    Thanks
    N
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  18. macrae85

    macrae85 Been here awhile

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    Aye,least you have a bike i can keep up with,ha ha.I wouldn't fancy going with the GS/KTM Adv. crowd......50mph
    limit in Norway as it is.I've already done the Preikstollen......dont attempt it in bike gear,my legs were like jelly,
    you climb up a waterfall at one point.I was told to take plenty water,still ran out before i reached it!
    Let's see what happens........there's currently a spare bike in AZ,USA,see what happens there first(the Kiwi girl
    hit a car at home,still cancelled her trip at present!)!
    :)
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  19. Rauven

    Rauven I like the cold...

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    I've been to Nordcap few times, I my opinion worth more as an achievement than for actual sights ;)
    But if You are planning on driving south from there you can consider visiting Lofoten. Extreamly beautiful place, quite unique with very fun roads to drive.



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    Generally the best road (sights and fun wise) is driving allong the west coast. A bit slower road, requires quite a few feries, but worth it.

    BTW. Even in july take at least 2 sets of thermal underwear. This is Gairanger fjord this year mid july:

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    And 20 minutes later on the mountain pass:

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  20. SpecialAgentNancy

    SpecialAgentNancy & your little dog 2!

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    Yikes!
    Well snow and I are no strangers.
    I did read about Lofoten when I researched this ride to create the trip plan. I guess I didn't call it out.
    Will make special note of it, thanks
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