NORWAY- Prague, Tallinn, Nordkapp, fiords, Oslo

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  1. Doogle

    Doogle Do it while you can Supporter

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    6/23/2019 Geiranger as I rode in to town the first time.
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    Back in Geiranger I didn't have any success finding hotel vacancy. A man at a campground in town pointed across the lake and said I could get a cabin over there. It was less than a mile away. And I got a 4 bunk cabin to myself. It's cute. It has a stove and refrigerator. But no pots or pans.
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    The water is in the shower room 2 doors down. But I like it. I had mackerel and Ritz Crackers for supper. And some trail mix for desert. If it stops raining I may ride into town for more food. And a good restaurant might have WiFi, which I don't have here.
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    It's sunny again, and I rode a mile into town. A hotel restaurant is still open and they have WiFi. I'm eating a $20 reindeer pizza to buy my free WiFi. The town of Geiranger is small and sits at the end of the Geiranger Fjord. And my seat faces straight out into it.
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  2. Doogle

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    2019-06-24 Aurland, Norway Lunde Campground $84 176 miles

    I left before 9am and got to the ferry terminal in a short time. I took a ferry from Geiranger to Hellesylt. It cost $54 and took about the same time as if I rode the bike.I just wanted to see the fjord from that angle.
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    Passing my cabin
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    After leaving the ferry, it was all good roads. And for a change, the day was mostly sunny. I came to a fork in the road. 2 places I want to see. The Snow Road or the Laerdal Tunnel. It's the longest road tunnel in the world. I decided the Snow Road, since it was sunny. If it's raining tomorrow, it won't make a difference in the tunnel. The Snow Road was my favorite ride so far. I just love snowy mountains. There weren't many people out in the middle section of the road.
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    As i approached the end of the road, there was an overlook from high above. I didn't know it, but it was the town I would sleep in tonight. Aurland.
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    The only lodging I found was a camping cabin. She said it was the last one and she would reduce it to $170 for me. I said I'll get back to you. I rode about a mile out of town and found a cabin for $84.
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    I always said I would never cook if there was a McDonald's around. Well, I never dreamed I'd be somewhere that didn't have a McDonald's. I went to the grocery store and bought prepackaged hot wings, shrimp, Ritz Crackers, and mackerel tins. I think them 4 things and 3 beers should cover all of the basic food categories. If not I'll get another beer.

    Internet is toooo slow. I'll try pictures later.
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  3. rampantcuriosity

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    I did the reverse trip Bergen, Nordkap, Helsinki a few years ago. Highlights are the strawberries, the peninsula/islands ending in A (ferry to Bodo) the Atlanticweg and the route through Geiranger to the coast. Lovely country. You do have to remember to stop at about 8pm even though its still light or you just go on forever and everything closes.
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  4. Little Bike

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    I’m enjoying your report, I rode Norway last summer and had a great time. I’m envious of your ride into Geiranger, it was completely socked in the day I went.
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  5. Doogle

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    2019-06-25 Odda,Norway The Blue House $57 142 miles

    Not much going on today. It was good riding down to Odda.
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    Before I got there, I rode through Laerdal Tunnel. It's the worlds longest tunnel at 24.5 kilometers. It was a mile from my cabin.
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    There were 3 areas inside where you could stop. I did and took a couple pictures.
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    When I got to the other side, I pulled over to route to Odda. Made a U turn and went back through the tunnel.

    Before I got to Odda, I stopped in Voss. I needed to buy some hiking boots. Gym shoes wouldn't be good enough for a 16 mile hike tomorrow at Trolltunga. I bought a pair that should be good enough for my Norway hiking.

    When I got into my 10 bunk military style coed dormitory, others told me that it was cheaper to take a shuttle to the trailhead than paying for parking at Trolltunga. So I need to pack my backpack tonight and go to bed early. The shuttle leaves at 6 am. So,no ride report last night.

    Edit in:
    Just before getting to Odda, I rode through a 7 mile tunnel. There was a roundabout in it. I took the first exit and went a short distance. Exiting the tunnel, the road went directly onto a bridge. It crossed a big river and entered another tunnel. A short distance later I came to another roundabout. Then a short ride to daylight again. I can't imagine how much construction and engineering must have cost to build this road.
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  6. Doogle

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    2019-06-26 Odda,Norway The Blue House $57 0 miles

    I was up at 5. I ate half a container of potato salad for breakfast. That's all I could find quickly at the store last night. Got on the bus and took a 15 minute ride to the trailhead. The hike was a slow pace up hill. But it was scenic.
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    I kept thinking this better be worth it. It was. EPIC event and pictures.Here's pictures I took of others.
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    I should have asked my free photographer to take vertical pictures also. He should have turned the camera vertical to show the elevation. But I was lucky to have someone take my picture.
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    It took me 3.5 hours going up. And the same going down. I thought it was 5 hours going down. I wasn't sure I could make it down. My knees were killing me. I did a lot of side stepping to reduce pain and fear of miss stepping. But I made it.

    I met Sam and Cara last night in the hostel. They are from New Zealand. Sam helped me book the shuttle to the trailhead. I rode the bus with them to and from the trailhead. The time in between, they were light years ahead of me. Several hours after getting back to the hostel and resting some, the 3 of us went out and had a celebratory beer.
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  7. Doogle

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    6/27/2019 Jorpeland, Norway Verkshotellet $101 130 miles

    Saying goodbye to Sam and Cara.
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    Today was an uneventful day. I left the hostel after 11 am. It was a 3 hour 1 ferry trip to Jorpeland. It was all good riding, mostly along the edge of the water.
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    I had a real meal this evening. Kabob and salad. Breakfast was coffee, canned mackerel, and Ritz Crackers. I'm in to healthy food.
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    My hotel.
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  8. wera688

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    beautiful waterfalls Doug. I'm off to AK.
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  9. Little Bike

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    I remember that waterfall :-)
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  10. Doogle

    Doogle Do it while you can Supporter

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    Another Iron Butt ride? Are you going to Hyder or maybe Prudhoe Bay this time?
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  11. Bonnie & Clyde

    Bonnie & Clyde Wishing I was riding RTW

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    excellent ride and report!
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  12. Doogle

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    2019/06/28 Jorpeland, Norway Verkshotellet $114 12 miles

    At 9 am I was on the road. It was a 10 minute ride to the trailhead. $12.50 to park. It was a 2.5 mile hike to Preikestolen, aka Pulpit Rock. T started rather steep. But it wasn't to bad after that. I didn't expect the Rock to be spectacular. I was wrong. It's nearly 3000 feet straight down. I viewed it from the edges. Then I hiked up higher to get a better view of the area. I took 50 some pictures. I still have 2 of them. But low quality.I'll replace after recovery.
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    Hiking up took 2 hours. Going down took 75 minutes. It was nearing grid lock at times. So many people were coming up as I was going down.

    I got back to my room and cleaned up. Then I laid down on the bed. I couldn't sleep. I wanted to look at the pictures and get my ride report up. I moved all the pictures to my tablet. Then I started to bulk rename them. I tried 3 times with no results. The last attempt did something else. All the pictures disappeared. I spent 2.5 hours trying different apps to recover them. I got 2 pictures. I could have gone back and taken all the pictures again. I can recover them when I get to a PC. I'm saving that camera SD card.

    I decided I would uninstall the ES File Explorer and reinstall it. After uninstalling it, I discovered Google Play Store doesn't have it anymore. Privacy issues.

    EDIT IN: 7/17/2019 I'm home and recovered lost pictures from Preikestole (Pulpit Rock)

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  13. theoenhilde

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    Beautiful reports Douglas and beautiful pictures. We only miss the 50 of themhope you find them later on. Norway is worth to go. We hope to see you.
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    I hope to be in the Netherlands in about a week and a half. See you soon.
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    BTW if you're still on vacation overseas, Norway shops and restaurants frown cash or currency. Too bad about your bank card. Great place esp. making your way to the North Cape. Amazing ride! BoL
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  16. Doogle

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    2019-06-29 Lysebotn, Norway Lysebotn Camping $225/2 nights 100 miles

    It was a short day. 100 miles and 1 short ferry ride. It was a great motorcycle riding road.
    People like to leave their mark.
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    Especially the last 20 miles. Since there wasn't any lodging on Bookings.com I thought this place was out in the sticks. There is a lot of camping and cabins in the area. The last half hour of riding, the road was only a little bigger than one lane. It was fine until I must have run head on into a road rally. A few motorcycles, bicycles, and sport cars didn't realize it was a 2 way road. My wave at the bikers was closer to a high five.


    Just before getting to Lysebotn I stopped at a cafe where many people stopped. It overlooks the fjord and Lysebotn.
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    Then back on the bike and down several miles of switchbacks to my lodging. It's a magnificent site. At the waters edge and at the end of the fjord. The White House where my room is.
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    Tomorrow morning, back up the switchbacks to the trailhead of Kjeragbolten. I read it's a 6-10 hour hike. I bought some tape for compression on my knees.

    Quite a few base jumpers here. One just landed on a trampoline in the camping area.
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    I have been there twice on my scooter, Both time in the rain!
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  18. Doogle

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    Yesterday the weather said no change of rain. 4 miles up the switchbacks to the trailhead, and I get off of the bike. It starts a heavy downpour with lightening and thunder. Thunder is quite loud in the walls of the fjord. I took refuge in the cafe near the trailhead. Not the start I wanted. There were 20 other people waiting it out also. As the rain lessened, all others started the hike. I waited about an hour. I wore rain gear all day. After the first half hour the rain was mostly over.

    I kept my rain gear on because I had strong winds in my face all the way up. And the same winds on my back hiking down. It kept me warmer. The trail started out very steep. Many people turned back, saying it was too dangerous with the wind and rain. A young local man told me these rocks are slippery even when it's dry. I had many slips during the hike, but never fell down. There were many chains to hold on to because it was so steep and dangerous in places. My arms will probably be sore tomorrow from pulling myself up.
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    There were quite a few places where they made big stone stair cases.
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    This isn't Hollywood and Vine.
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    There were some easy areas.
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    They have an emergency cabin near the top.
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    When I got to the boulder, Kjerag, I was the only one there.
    Climbing down through this to see it from below.
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    There is a ledge that you need to maneuver to get on and off of the boulder. It is enough to stop many people from getting out there. I think this is a picture of it. I need a full screen to see through the cloud.
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    About 10 minutes later a couple came up. It was terribly windy and cloudy. I asked them to take my picture, since it could get worse. The boulder was wet and the wind was blowing mostly straight up around me. I was slow to stand straight up. But I knew I'd never be here again.
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    Very slowly getting up
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    I'm up. But not comfortable.
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    I've seen so many cool pictures of this, showing the height. Maybe I should Photoshop.

    Looking down at the boulder.
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    I waited an hour for the clouds to clear to get a proper picture. Never got any better. In that time about 20 more people came up. Only 3 others when out on it.

    My knee didn't bother me too much today. I think the compression tape I wore helped. But my right hip was not happy coming down.

    My hiking is done for this trip. Tomorrow I will probably ride towards Oslo.
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  19. Drybones

    Drybones Fish bones are on my truck seat cover, too

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    Missed your chance for a really cool pic! :rofl But you at least got one...that is a terrifying spot to me! How do you get down onto the boulder?
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  20. Doogle

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    If you look at my last picture (its from above) you can see the very exposed ledge on the left side. Most of the rock to the right of the ledge is vertical, going up to where I took the picture from. Even if it was dry and no wind, I wouldn't jump up the way the guy in your picture did. It's over 3000 feet straight down. I know 3000 feet wouldn't make much difference from 100 feet. Either way you die. With a 3000 feet fall you do live a little longer and scream until you're hoarse.
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