Finding Freedom...World Wide Ride

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by BcDano, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Ha ha ha you guys are funny. But they are a bit unpredictable and very BIG!!
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    Then we finally started east again and we continued on the small roads to get to Charletown of Aberlour. This is the center of the Speyside whiskey-making region. We camped here despite the poor weather. We had booked tours at Aberlour and at The Macallum. We also managed a circle walk around the village to the local falls and the old footbridge over the river Spey.

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  5. Saralou

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    We arrived for the ferry at 2 pm. Even though check in was from 230 to 415 there were already 15 bikes ahead of us and lots of other vehicles too.

    [​IMG]FILE0870 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


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    Here they load about 10 bikes at a time and there were over 40 today. The crew assigns you a spot and there are lots of tie downs available. Unlike all the other boats we have been on here you strap down your own bike. They have lash points on the deck and a cable lash running the length of the wall. You then gather all your gear and head upstairs.

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  11. Saralou

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    The ferry leaves at 5 pm and arrives at 830 am just outside of Amsterdam. You can not book on this ferry without a cabin, which is so much better than the Isle of Man ferry where there are so few it is impossible to get one. We had brought on food, but went up to the deck in the sun to enjoy some beer and cider with the other bikers. We were very lucky and had a calm crossing and a good nights sleep.


    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2015-06-30 at 6.34.18 PM by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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  12. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Also unlike the other ferries where they opened the access to the car deck and the ferry doors at the same time (mayhem insures), here they gave you plenty of time to unlash the bike and get your gear stowed before the mad rush to unload. After unloading the bikes were all directed to split the lanes of cars and trucks waiting at immigration and from here we all merged in small groups at the front of the line. You show your passport to the officer and are waved thru. Just outside the gate were our friends Bart and Renate to greet us. We had first met them in Ushuaia at the end of their trip from Alaska and then in Porvenier and Porto Natales Chile.

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    They took us on a short tour of the beaches and for a traditional Dutch apple pie.

    [​IMG]FILE1063 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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    The afternoon we took the bus and train into the city for a tour of the Amsterdam Sights. This included the “girls” in the windows of the Red light district, the cheese and flower markets, the canals, and other icons.

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    “Art” in Amsterdam. You have to pay 5 Euros and then get into bed with the actress. You don’t say a word, you look them in the eye, and they tell you private story. When they are done they say goodbye and you get out!



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    Bike storage at the subway!!


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    We finished the evening off at the brewery built in a church!



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  15. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Today we did a tour all day south of the city, but Bart only used the dykes. We made a pit stop to get Dan’s new tire installed and ballanced.



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    Stocking up on cheese and sausage for the trip to Iceland!

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We drove south and east today to Oss, where the headquarters of Revitt is located. The marketing and design staff greeted us. We had an extensive tour and then an opportunity to see what they are working on for 2016 and 2017. It was really cool to see how interested the design team was in what we had to say about the gear and what we loved about it and what suggestions we had for small changes.

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We then backtracked a bit and scooted around Amsterdam to stop in just north to see a few more windmills. This involved a bit of off road on the dykes. Then we continued north to the Afsluitdijk, which is a 31 km long causeway that now separates the North Sea from the lake it created. This was also the first test site for the 130-km/hr speed limits in the Netherlands. Riding further north we reached the north coast of Holland and the campground at Lauwersoog after 428 km. This is a pretty nice campground on the shore of a lake, but it is pretty cold here still for a swim.

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  18. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We had been invited to the home of fellow rider Wolfgang and his wife Brigette near Hamburg. We had met him on line and passed on some tips for his trip to Morocco, which was just a few weeks after ours. He sent us the GPS coordinates to his home and was actually out front to meet us since he had been following us on the SPOT!

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2015-06-30 at 8.51.38 PM by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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  19. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    They are amazing hosts. Our first night we were honored to be a part of their Friday night Bolognese night!

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    We took the train into the city and did a bit of a walking tour with our host’s advice. The first stop was the cool looking Chili Haus building.

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    We toured around the downtown area. We had our first German Bratwurst in a long while.



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    They then joined us in the afternoon and we looked around the old warf district.


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    “Since 1995, Cologne based artist Gunter Demnig has been commemorating the victims of the German Nazi regime through his project "Stolpersteine” – Stumbling Stones. All over Germany, the artist has been laying small memorial stones in sidewalks and pavements outside those houses where the people lived or worked who were persecuted and murdered by the Nazi regime. In 2002 the first Stumbling Stone was laid in Hamburg and many followed ever since.” They are now all over Germany.




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