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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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    The next day was a glorious sunny day as well. We made for the cape again just at opening. This meant we could ride the bikes right down to the monument for some photos with almost no one else there.


    [​IMG]DSC02985 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr



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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We lost our sun about mid way and it got pretty cold after we left Ifjord. Gamvik is a very remote town on the far east of the peninsula. This is a tiny fishing village of brightly colored wooden houses. The nearest large town is Mehamn. Even camping here, which was bad was expensive. A room at the hostel with a shared bath was 990K ( 120USD ). It was also 6 degrees here and so we decided that the 120 km back to Ifjord was a better idea. At least warmer anyway.


    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2015-08-08 at 7.10.45 PM by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr



    There is a not so nice campground here but they did have hot showers. Funny thing was an American man came up to us to tell us that the road ahead “ was torn up for 10 km and it is all shale and boulders”. Wow hard to believe on the E6 ( of course it was 5 km of very good dirt road……).



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  5. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The rain started about midnight and continued on and off all night. We did get a bit of a break for packing up but not much. We are making for Kirkenes 228 KM in and near the end of the road in Norway. It ends at Russia just 14 km further!



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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    This is our first day off since we left Sweden so a sleep in until 10 was in order. At noon the sky still looked clear so we headed southeast to the three points where the borders of Norway, Finland, and the Russian federation meet.


    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2015-08-08 at 7.19.22 PM by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr





    This is 100 km of paved road that has very bad frost heaves.


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    The last 20 km are dirt road with a few km of deeper gravel at the end. There is a lot of signage with border warnings like it is illegal to cross the border. Do not make contact across the border. Do not take photos of military personnel or vehicles. The use of tripods and telephoto lenses in the border area is illegal. OK!


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    Yellow markers mark the border. It looks like Dan is on the Russian side of the marker. Oops.



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  8. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Today we leave Norway after 3 weeks of mostly ok weather. However, it rained almost all day. We made for the border of Finland in 55 Km. The roads here are very straight and all you see are trees, lakes, and reindeer. The reindeer are unpredictable especially the younggr ones. They will often stand on or near the road and not move at all until they suddenly jump out in front of you when you are several meters away.




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    The plan was to make some miles and the roads made this easier if a bit boring. The reindeer are quite stupid and will run out in front of you without warning. The warning signs here in Finland are yellow and list the entire upper half of the country as a reindeer hazard zone. There are a few moose signs here too, but as yet no moose. The reindeer here are bigger than those in Norway and with much bigger antlers. We saw a few really majestic specimens today. It did stop raining by 4 and so we kept riding to just past the Arctic Circle.


    We finally found a campground south of Rovaniemi. We still had a bit of sun left to dry out our very wet tent. There were a few other bikers here that were headed to Nordkapp.
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    Getting on the road about 10 we continued south. We had thought to camp on the coast, but there were not really any nice places and we decided that if we wanted to make Helsinki the next day it would be 488 Km. This would not leave us much time to try to organize the bike fork repair. We decided to go another 160 KM to Seinajoki for a total of 582 km today.



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    There was a great camp spot here, with lush grass and a river running thru the site. The lounge and kitchen was very nice. They had decent Internet also and we found a repair shop 178 KM away in Tampere. We figured we could stop here since it was on the way to see if they could repair the fork. If not we had BMW Helsinki as a back up.



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    The nice campground in Seinajoki has a sister in Helsinki and so we headed there. The place was packed mostly since it has a great location on the water and right at a Metro station. There were about 8 other bikers here too. We also met Paul and Sarah who are friends of friend in Seattle!


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    GB . Administrator Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    We appreciate the effort it takes to update your RR with fantastic photos and tales from the road.. it can't be easy to do when you're riding every day and carrying everything with you. Living the dream vicariously :clap
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    THANKS SO MUCH! We don't get that many comments and so when we do we really appreciate it! Yes it is a lot of work, but fun too. I got behind in Morocco and never caught up. I'm trying now to get current. I was a month behind and now only about a week. This was after we were invited for a beer in Helsinki this week "IF we were there" and we had just left the day before to Estonia. Cheers Sara
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    What a wonderful event it would be if you were to meet up w/and spend some time with Margus & Kariina also world travelers & photographers, that have chronicled an outstanding report "FROM ESTONIA WITH LOVE" here on ADV, that would be epic, the meeting of two of the absolute best ride reports ever on Adventure Rider----- I only wish---
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    Wow nice comments! Thanks so much. I will check them out for sure! Sara
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The rain, thunder, and lightning started at 4 am and it was truly unbelievable. That said we had no sleep because of the noise until after 7. We rolled out of the tent at 11. The Metro ride to the city is about 20 minutes to the Central train station. Here we could arrange a VISA FREE trip to Russia to see St Petersburg. Conveniently the boat was leaving the next day. We had decided that the hassle and expense of the visa for a 5-6 day trip was not worth it. The overnight ferry ride return was about the same price as the Visa fee. We did a bit of a walking tour of the downtown and then headed back to the campsite.




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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The ship did not leave until 6 pm so we had a lazy day and got the laundry done. The campground has a vehicle storage area that we could leave the bikes for the 4 days at 16 E per day. Not cheap, but at least they are secure.


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    We took the tram to the harbor and checked in at the St. Peter’s line. You have to go thru Finish passport control and we got an exit stamp. The ferry is a bit of a mini cruise with casino and discos and the like, but we had a drink on the sky deck, some dinner we had brought on board, and were in bed by 930.



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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The ship left an hour late at 7 pm, but still arrived to the port of St Petersburg on time at 930 am. The number of cranes on the skyline was incredible!




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    Getting off the boat the arrivals hall is totally chaos. You have to line up to get your tourist card. Lets say the Russians are Not like the uber friendly Brazilians! They photocopy every page of your passport as well, which was a bit creepy.



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