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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Doogle, May 13, 2019.
I think I will be in Helsinki in about a week. Having a slow start.
June 3, 2019 169 miles Pobiedziska, Poland Bachus Hotel $25
I walked a mile and a half back to the bike shop. I waved at 20 taxis without any response. I was still looking for a taxi when I realized I was in front of the shop. After all the paperwork was done it took another half hour to attach my GPS's. This is the worst set of OSM maps I ever got. The 169 miles I did included many backtracking miles. There is a lot of construction near Poznan. And a lot of low gear riding. After going through Poznan the second time, I turned the GPS off and decided to take any road that went north. I stopped in the small town Pobiedziska. I wanted to rearrange how I had things stored. But there were a few people drinking beer near my motorcycle. And of course I'd rather talk than do what needs to be done. 2 hours went by rather quickly. Then I was told the restaurant was shutting down soon. My choice was salad or dumplings. I took both.I think that was the first non junk food I've had since leaving home.
A few pictures of my hotel:
I thought I had a couple pictures of the bike. But I was pushing the movie button instead of the camera button. Eventually I will post bike pictures and fewer hotel pictures.
Roll your bike into your room and do both at the same time!
6-4-19 Liepynal, Lithuania Vingis $39 258 miles
I was up after 1am writing my ride report. I hit the "post reply" button and all was lost. So this morning I will try to remember what I did yesterday.
I left the Bachus Hotel about 11am.
I stopped in Torun, Poland and took a couple pictures. The town was a fortification at one time. Parking was impossible, so I would stop on the road and quickly take a picture.
The riding in Poland is very pleasant. Nothing spectacular. But good riding. Good roads, except when they are doing construction. There aren't many motorcycles on the road. But then a couple will blast past me like I'm stopped. And I'm not a slow poke. I did have the bike up over 100 mph a couple times. A young guy in what he thought was a hot car provoked me. I like the bike. The seat is very comfortable-for about 10 minutes. Then I need to reposition, stand, or suffer.
I did hit a bottle today. It was clear, and I didn't see it until too late. Plastic smashes. This was glass, and it exploded. Pieces hit my pant leg. About 4-5 pieces hit my bare arm. Luckily, no blood and no flat tire -yet.
I wanted to get to Lithuania for the night.
It was 10pm (new time zone ) when I got my room. The sun was just setting. The hotel restaurant closed at 10pm. But the woman gave me 15 seconds to pick from the menu. 30 seconds after she gave me my soup and French fried bread, the kitchen lights were out and she was gone.
Recommend writing in another app or even in an Email draft, then cut and paste into your report, then add the pics to your post here on ADV.
I've been down that road a few times. I uploaded my pictures and thought I was set. I thought about copying my text before posting. Nothing could go wrong at that point could it?
6/5/2019 Riga, Latvia Bella Riga Hotel $46 279 miles
I had 4 1/2 hours of sleep. After breakfast I rewrote my ride report. I was on the road at 10 am. It was a 3 hours ride to the Hill of Crosses. It was mostly straight flat roads with many camera cops on poles. A few may have my pictures. There are more motorcycles and many are Harleys. Splitting the lanes is common.
The Hill of Crosses is believed to have originated in the 1830s. It's a Catholic pilgrimage for many. Estimates are that there are over 100,000 crosses. Poles and Lithuanians unsuccessful rebelled against the Russian Empire. The crosses were placed because families couldn't locate the bodies of their loved ones, the rebels. Almost all the old crosses were wood. I couldn't tell what years they were. At the base of the hill and on the flat ground were many newer crosses.
From there it was 90 minutes to Riga, Latvia. It's the capitol.
I wasted 3 hours looking for a room. The hotels I looked up were apartments, under the hotel/hostel filter. Finally I went to McDonald's and got internet for Bookings.com. I was ready to sleep on a picnic table. It was 8 miles back to Riga. I'd given up on Riga and was going towards Tallin, tomorrows destination.
Got to write it to get it off my mind. At home we rarely use the letter Z. Here and especially in Poland it's king. I think they may have 4 letter words with 3 Z's in it. Now maybe I can sleep tonight. I need the ZZZZZZ's.
6/6/2019 Tallinn, Estonia Meriton Hotel 200 miles
It was further than I thought getting here from Riga. It took 3-4 hours. Their are a lot more motorcycles on the road and many are Harleys. Mostly groups of 8 to 12 from Germany, Czech Republic,and Poland.
I'm not in a hurry to get anywhere. I just like going faster than speed limits. I don't know if they do speed averaging in these countries or just spot checking. I guess I'll find out when I get home.
Another border crossing. My 5th country so far.
I was in Tallinn for a day in 2011 with my wife while doing a Baltic cruise. It was a walled city when built in the 13th century. A lot of it is gone now. I'm staying inside the walled area-Old Town. It's very touristy and clean.
An interesting sign outside of the Old Town.
On my way back to the hotel I saw a group of anti Putin demonstrators. And 2 cops on standby.
As I was sitting down at a table for food and beer, a man started to sit down at the other end. I said there's enough room for both of us. I didn't know there were 6 of them. But there was still enough room. They came to watch a soccer/football game. They were from Northern Ireland. One asked if I'd been to Northern Ireland. I said I'd been to Ireland. OOPS. He said I must be from Southern Canada. Anyway, he said if I would stop in Northern Ireland on my way home, or on another trip, he had a motorcycle I could use. I have his card. We'll see.
I booked a ferry to Helsinki for noon tomorrow. If I can find Pickleball courts in the area, I might get a few games in.
6/7/2019 Tallinn,Estonia Meriton Hotel 5 miles
Didn't do much today. After breakfast I did al my laundry. The ferry to Helsinki was $40. I board at 11am. It's a little over 2 hours to get there. No plans after that. I may get a room and see if I can find Pickleball courts. I found a site with information. But I can't get it to translate to English.
In the evening I went out to find food. I walked to a different area from last night. There would be no beer tonight. I thought. So I'm walking along and see my friends from last night. This time their group has grown to 12. I refused their beer offer twice. But I'm only human. So I had a few beers with them before moving on. I still need food. I heard a boisterous crowd a couple blocks away. It's a large group of Northern Ireland football fans. I mingled a while. I talked with a man and his grown son while watching the patriotic revellers. I went inside a bar and bought a beer. When I went back outside, they bought me one also. Then another. Well, no beer tomorrow.
More new friends
6-8-2019 Jyvaskyla, Finland Hotel Milton $87 183 miles
I rode to the ferry terminal at 10:30 and got in line. Motorcycles go on first. They provide tie down straps. There were about 30 bikes getting on. We were under way promptly at noon.
Looking back at Tallinn
A huge area looking out the front of the ship.
I considered getting a room in Helsinki. I wanted to find a place to play Pickleball. But the McDonald's I stopped at didn't have WiFi. So I rode north.
There wasn't much to see, unless you like looking at trees. There were areas that had lakes. The roads are very good. There have been a lot of rest areas. Some have a small restaurant. I'm guessing the next couple of days will be the same. It's about 900 miles to Nordkapp from here. I didn't ride in any rain today. But the road shoulders were wet in places.
The restaurant across from the hotel. But I went to a pizza joint. A Turkish man made me a Finnish interpretation of a Mexican pizza.
Ah yes, International Cuisine.
It's raining here this morning. So I had time to look up speeding fines. Wish I'd read this sooner.
Well, now you know what not to do.
Although I suspect that your income won't show up in their database - so maybe they'll take your word that you only make $25K/year.
6/9/2019 Kolari,Finland 427 miles
Riitan Majatalo Guest House $73
I had several first`s today. First time I had to put on rain gear. I started the day in rain and finished in rain. I was going to get a room mid afternoon. But the rain stopped for a couple hours. Then I rode a couple hours after it started raining again. I saw the first moose on the road side. And I parked the bike on its side for the first time. The GPS told me to exit. I did, barely. I thought I should have gone straight. I was right. So I'm back tracking 30 feet to get back on the main road. I'm on a small slanting gravel shoulder with occasional traffic going past. So I turn it sharply and put my left foot down on, it seemed like either marbles or banana peels. In other words, I dropped the bike. Now, since the handlebars are lower than both tires, it's very heavy and difficult to return to a proper riding position. And it's much more difficult to pickup a bike that's in neutral, because it's always trying to roll away from you. I always want to get the bike back up, before too many other riders say "look at that rookie." I must have pulled something picking the bike up. Because now it hurts to turn in some directions.
Earlier in the day I stopped on the side of the road when I saw a bunch of big bells. A sign said they were church bells from Germany. That's all that was written in English.
There are a lot of lakes up here. It reminds me of Minnesota. And the logging industry is big here.
I almost missed this landmark. Just happened to see the word Arctic. I've also been to the Arctic Circle in Alaska and the Northwest Territories
The other night I ate my Snickers bar for supper. So I don't have anything to eat tonight. Too far and too wet to go looking for food. Breakfast is at 8am here. Then it's about 400 miles to Nordkapp. I'll probably get a room before going there. Then go the next morning. No internet at this guest house. I'll post tomorrow.
6-10-2019 Inari, Finland Hotel Inari $77 172 miles
I had breakfast with a couple and their grandson. The boy was about 11-12 years old. He was the official translator. He learned English at school-3 years. Every European I've talked to dislikes Trump. And they all ask about him.
I put on heavier clothes this morning, even though it was not cold. I rode 20 miles and stopped for gas. 2 miles later I turned off of the main road. This road was a little smaller than the one I turned off of. After 10 miles it was dirt and gravel. Maybe construction with no machinery out yet. 30 miles later I stopped to look at the GPS. I don't know why the GPS does this to me. Revenge? Sure, I've dropped it a few times. I debated on going back 40 miles to that main road or going forward, possibly another 110 miles, and hope I see pavement soon.
I want adventure. The road got worse with more pot holes. I'd only seen 1 car since leaving pavement. If a pothole took me down, I might lay there a while. And yes, there was rain dear. 20 miles later the path came to a tee. I turned right, and soon saw pavement.
The temperature dropped and I was getting cold. I didn't want to stop and dig out warmer gloves. So my fingers were semi numb when I arrived in Inari. I saw a restaurant at the Inari Hotel. I went in and ordered a $15 bowl of salmon soup and coffee. While eating, I decided to get a room here. Now I'm a happy camper again.
I just went out to get something off of the bike. We got snow flurries.
6-11-2019 Honningsvag, Norway Nordkapp Vandrerhje Hostel $61 263 miles
It was 38 degrees when I left Inari. I almost needed my heated vest. But I didn't want to waste time hooking up the wiring. Almost no rain today. But I rode through a couple snow showers. They didn't last long and didn't make the road slippery. But visibility was tough for a while. Most of the day I was riding next to lakes.
Last night I looked up the size of the fuel tank. It's 14.7 liters. 12.5 liters is the most I've put in so far. There have been plenty of gas stations so far. So, with 2 of the 6 level indicators still lit, I decided to keep going. Maybe 1 less stop and 1 less receipt to give my wife. Suddenly 1 more light goes out. And there aren't many cars on the road. When the empty light starts flashing, the odometer goes to zero. It indicates how far you traveled since going on reserve. I went over 60 kilometers. I pulled into a self service station. It wouldn't accept my credit cards. The next station had out of service on the handles. I went inside for help. A man came out and said only 1 premium pump had fuel. I put in 15.1 liters. I always want to know how much a tank really holds. There aren't many vehicles that I haven't run out of gas.
I didn't realize when I got to the Norway border. I didn't see a sign. I saw a sign that said "nothing to declare". And another sign that may have said toll. No gate and nobody to stop me. Maybe I'll get another ticket.
Yesterday I booked 2 nights at this hostel. It's about 20 miles from Nordkapp. I'll go tomorrow. The receptionist asked if that was my destination. Then she looked at a paper and said it should be open. What ??? She said it can be dangerous with high winds and snow. And it was closed yesterday. There was a picture on the wall, of 2 big trucks laying on their sides in some snow. I assumed it was taken around here.
They have 2 free washers and dryers here. I managed to use a washer before quiet time. Clothes are drying in my room on the radiator.
This is the town of Honningsvag.
And these animals are right outside my window. I think one of themhas a red nose.
That would be annoying.
Nice work - sounds like you've had some long days in the saddle. Still, better this time of year than mid-winter and on a Honda 90!
Lakes! That's not lakes, that's fjords, pine no more, welcome to Norway!