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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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    From here you get on the 70 and then the E39 and stay on it until Trondheim in 189 km. There are 2 sea tunnels. The first 7 km one is at the exit to the Atlantic road has the only manned tollbooth in the country and the only one that has a fee for motorcycles (61Kr = 10$). They know how to get the tourists! The second is like elsewhere there is no toll. Trondheim is a huge city on the E6 and we got thru with not too much traffic. The E6 becomes a 2-lane highway north of the city and the cars start to thin out.


    [​IMG]DSC02685 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr



    We stopped for the night just south of Verdalsora at the “KOA” campsite. We splurged as the price for a small cabin with power, heat and a small kitchen was 16 $ more than tent camping for 2 people with 2 motorbikes. Ahhh luxury!


    [​IMG]atlantic road 18 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
  2. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The distance from Steinkjer to Bodo is 690 km. There are six ferries along the Fv 17 that are from 10 to 60 min long crossings. The weather is supposed to be improving, but there is no evidence of this yet. It is just another 30 km north on the busy E6 until you turn onto the 17 when you reach Steinkjer, which is the gateway to the Kystriksveien or Coastal route to Bodo.


    We started out late at 11 am in the rain again. From Steinkjer we drove the 77 km to Namsos with a fairly heavy traffic. Here the cars and RVs thin out and the road continues with twists and turns another 139 km to the first ferry at Holm. The last 100 km before the ferry it got very cold and it really started to pour. This is the unfun part of overland travel. The days you just want to go home. We had planned to go another 50 km after the ferry. We only had to wait about 10 minutes for the ferry. This is an enclosed boat and passengers have to leave the car deck. This meant a heated lounge and a hot coffee! Arriving in 20 minutes at Vennesund we were thrilled to see a camping site at the dock with small cabins. For not much more than camping we had a dry heated cabin with a small kitchenette. The other bonus was wifi fast enough to get in some Netflix. This was a great break from the horrible weather outside.




    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2015-08-02 at 7.32.58 PM by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr




    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2015-07-24 at 9.40.21 PM by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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  3. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We were stoked to see only a light rain when we got up and then after an hour or so some sunshine.


    [​IMG]DSC02695 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr



    Today our plan is to head towards Bodo and get as far as we can get.



    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2015-07-29 at 8.44.46 PM by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr



    The ferry schedules are timed here so you can make it from one to the next, but of course we were now out of the rotation. We waited until the rain had almost stopped before we packed up and stupidly we did not consult the ferry schedule. There is a 64 km drive to the ferry at horn, and we missed it by 10 minutes. This meant an hour plus wait for the next sailing. But this did make time for a snack.



    [​IMG]DSC02696 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr



    [​IMG]DSC02698 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
  4. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The crossing was again 20 minutes to Anddalsvag.



    [​IMG]DSC02699 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


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    Then everyone races the 17 km to the dock at Forvik because if you miss this boat the next is in 2 hours. There is a 60-minute crossing to Tjotta with the option to get off at 3 smaller islands on the way if you wish. From here it is another 71 km to Levang, but since we now had the schedule worked out we had time to stop for some groceries on the way. The road here is big sweeping turns thru the countryside. This last crossing today to Nesna was 25 minutes. There is also a nice church and museum on the way. This is the most beautiful of the islands with snow-capped mountains and the road curving along the fjords. There are two 3 km very narrow and poorly lit tunnels on route.



    [​IMG]DSC02702 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Leaving in the morning it had improved to cloudy with occasional showers. But at least we had figured out the ferry schedules.




    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2015-07-29 at 8.47.02 PM by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]DSC02741 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr



    We had just a 30 km drive to catch the 10 am ferry from Kiboghamn to Jetvik, which is 60 minutes and you cross the Arctic Circle after about 40 minutes.



    [​IMG]saltstraumen 1 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


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    You stay on the 17 north another 143 km of winding road along the fjords to arrive at Saltstraumen. This is a small strait with the strongest tidal current in the world. Up to 400,000,000 cubic meters of water flow thru the 3 km long and 150 meter wide strait every 6 hours. Water speeds reach 41 km/h and vortexes or maelstroms form that are up to 10 meters wide. We went down to see the water flow at the low flow so we were really impressed when we saw it at high slow. The vortexes were so huge they were like volcanic craters.


    [​IMG]saltstraumen 20 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Getting up early from the campground we drove the 28 km to the ferry dock at Bodo (pronounced Buddha) to get there at 830 for the 10 sailing, as we did not have a reservation. There was no worry however since they was only 3 bikes to board.



    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2015-07-29 at 8.51.26 PM by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]rotsundelv 1 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr



    The sailing to the Lofoten Islands takes 3-4 hours and can be a bit rough for the last part of the sailing.


    [​IMG]DSC03410 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Lofoten is an archipelago that even though it lies above the Arctic Circle it has very mild temperatures for this latitude due to the Gulf Stream. There is evidence of human settlement here for 11,000 years. There are 6 major islands, several minor, and hundreds of small islands connected by causeways and bridges. We unloaded the ferry to light rain. The islands are known for the coastal fishing villages, high mountain peaks, and protected harbors. The weather worsened, but still we tried to navigate some of the small roads to the remote villages.


    [​IMG]DSC03411 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We then had a really awesome day of sunshine and riding in Norway!


    [​IMG]rotsundelv 5 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr




    We left the E10 and took the E6 North.




    [​IMG]rotsundelv 7 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr




    [​IMG]rotsundelv 12 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    We did a side trip to the city of Tromso, but checking out the camping here it really sucked so we backtracked to the route 91.



    [​IMG]rotsundelv 14 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr



    [​IMG]rotsundelv 16 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr






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    There are 2 ferries here are we decided just to go for it, since they are timed to depart in succession and so it is easier to get them all together. We had to wait about 20 minutes for the ferry for the 20 minutes crossing from Breivikeidet to Svensby. From here it is a 20 km drive to the next ferry from Lyngseidet for 40 minutes to Olderdalen.


    [​IMG]rotsundelv 18 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr






    [​IMG]rotsundelv 19 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr






    [​IMG]rotsundelv 20 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr



    Continuing another 28 km we found a camping spot at Rotsundelv. There were a couple of Dutch bikers here John and Anemika with whom we spend a nice evening.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2015-07-29 at 8.54.42 PM by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr



    [​IMG]rotsundelv 21 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The day started out with nice weather, but that changed quickly. Within 30 minutes we were riding in the pouring rain. We did however finally see a reindeer today and the Nordkapp sign for 240 KM!


    [​IMG]hammerfest 1 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]hammerfest 3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr




    We had originally planned to try to make it near to the North Cape today, but really we had had enough of the cold and pouring rain by 3 pm and we made for Hammerfest, which is by the way the most northerly city in the world.


    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2015-07-29 at 8.55.07 PM by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    This is an oil and gas town mostly and there are few tourists. The hotel had a 70% off sale because of some construction so we jumped at the change for a bit of luxury. We braved the weather to try and get in a walk and found ourselves at the Royal and Ancient Polar Bear Society. This is a small free museum in the downtown. There are mementos of early life here in Hammerfest, a lot of stuffed animals, and historical photographs.


    [​IMG]hammerfest 8 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr



    [​IMG]hammerfest 4 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    What an incredible difference a day makes since today it is 17 and sunny! There are very few sunny days at the North Cape and so we are starting to feel we might get lucky. Before leaving town we checked out the Struve Geodetic Arc.


    [​IMG]DSC02858 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr



    [​IMG]hammerfest 7 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr



    “The Struve Arc is a chain of survey triangulations stretching from Hammerfest in Norway to the Black Sea, through 10 countries and over 2,820 km. These are points of a survey, carried out between 1816 and 1855 by the astronomer Friedrich Georg Wilhelm Struve, which represented the first accurate measuring of a long segment of a meridian. This helped to establish the exact size and shape of the planet and marked an important step in the development of earth sciences and topographic mapping. It is an extraordinary example of scientific collaboration among scientists from different countries, and of collaboration between monarchs for a scientific cause. The original arc consisted of 258 main triangles with 265 main station points. The listed site includes 34 of the original station points, with different markings, i.e. a drilled hole in rock, iron cross, cairns, or built obelisks.” Wikipedia



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    The replica of the largest Polar bear found is here also and makes a great photo op.


    [​IMG]DSC02863 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The ride today is a backtrack the 55 km to the E6 and then go east 97 km to the E69 and then north 128 KM to the North Cape.



    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2015-08-08 at 7.03.41 PM by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr



    The sun continued to shine, but riding the last 100 km to the Cape it was very windy. The 7 km sea tunnel to the island of the cape was 6 degrees at the bottom. You go 4 km down down and then 1 km a cross and 4 km back up. I really felt sorry for the bike riders since this tunnel is the definition of dank. In fact it was VERY windy for the last 20 KM over the barren mountain passes.



    [​IMG]DSC02873 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    About 5 km before the cape a deep cloudbank enveloped us and we feared that despite the sunny day we would see nothing at the cape. Luck would have it that we came down out of the clouds just in time. We arrived to the ticket booth to see 6 buses of tourist from the cruise ships in Honningsvag, dozens of RVs, and about 30 bikes from all over Europe.



    [​IMG]DSC02906 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr



    Despite this we did get right in to see the panorama movie and did get some photos and the monument between fog banks and busloads. It was a great feeling to finally make our goal of Inuvik, Ushuaia, to Nordkapp!


    [​IMG]IMG_4227 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


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