Norway September 2019

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Tricky-UK, Sep 27, 2019.

  1. Tricky-UK

    Tricky-UK Wannabe Adventurer

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    I've always loved visiting Norway and first went there on a bike at the tender age of 22 in 1984 on my trusty old CX500.

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    I did a similar trip in 2017 this time on a GSA.

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    In 2017 I rode to Nordkapp and then onto the Lofoten Islands...

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    Pressure of time meant that I missed out on the West Coast which many people feel contains the best bits?

    The GSA had been sold so with two weeks to do the trip I narrowed it down to my two remaining Adventure Bikes...

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    Decisions decisions.... :dunno
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  2. Tricky-UK

    Tricky-UK Wannabe Adventurer

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  3. Tricky-UK

    Tricky-UK Wannabe Adventurer

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    I spent the first day getting as far North as I could. Not much fun on boring motorways but I was on a mission. :ricky

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    Fuel up, empty tank, stop for more fuel, eat twix and drink coffee... repeat to fade.

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    I'd used Booking.com to stay in a small Hostel in Puttgarden Germany with a view to catching the Ferry to Denmark the next day and arrived as it got dark. Managed to phone the Lady owner and she guided me in. 750 miles from home in 16 hours... not bad on a RK with no fairing or screen.

    My luxury accommodation viewed in daylight the next morning. :lol3

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    First in the queue for the Ferry was a bonus!

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    And straight into the on board restaurant for breakfast. :dukegirl

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  4. Tricky-UK

    Tricky-UK Wannabe Adventurer

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    After my previous days heroics in riding straight on a motorway I quickly dispatched the small part of Denmark I had to cross before entering Southern Sweden via the Malmo Bridge. No photos of the famous bridge I'm afraid as its a Toll Road with no stopping opportunities.

    I soon got off the motorway and choose a nicer route through this part of Sweden.

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    I followed a small sign for a cafe up this road and eat the best meatballs ever! I was so hungry I ate them before thinking to get the camera out... fail :deal

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    That night I stayed in a place called Orebro but the weather was really closing in with heavy rain forecast for at least the next day or so...:(

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    Fueling up the next morning...

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    Long roads, cold, wet, miserable... should have bought the Street Gide, should have fitted a screen, should have gone to Spain... :vardy

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  5. Tricky-UK

    Tricky-UK Wannabe Adventurer

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    The trip was turning into the kind of wet damp and cold day at the English Seaside I remember from my youth...

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    With anaemic hotdogs

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    and ice cream cornets being the only things capable of lifting the gloom. :2cry

    After having a word with myself I decided to "man up" and carry on as far as I could get to eventually reaching Ostersund that evening and then booked myself into a small Hotel to dry off...

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    and drink a few of these before deciding what to do next. I did sleep well that night.:drink

    The next morning dawned like an epiphany with blue sky and warmer temperatures. :clap

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    Ostersund harbour sure is purdy!

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    I saddled the bike up and prepared for at least two days of better weather ahead. My decision now was to head straight for the West Coast of Norway via Trondeim.
    Isn't amazing how a change in the weather can alter the complete mindset on a long trip! :killen

    The E14 the scene of my abject misery the previous day was now the best thing since sliced bread!

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    The stars where in alignment and joined by a chorus of angels it certainly felt like I was in heaven riding along that road. :D

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    Welcome to Norway!

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  6. Tricky-UK

    Tricky-UK Wannabe Adventurer

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    I've been to Trondheim before and it's a lovely town

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    With a stunning old waterfront.

    My next destination was the town of Andalsnes which involved a couple of small Ferry Crossings which are very common whenever you travel in Norway. Most run frequently and are very efficient.

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    Beautiful early autumnal colours appear in September this far North.

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    I reached my destination (a Hostel in Andalsnes) just as the sun was setting.

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    A room with a kind of view.

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    This belongs to the local fire department.

    I had a quick stroll around the town before finding somewhere to eat and drink.

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    Only had one of these as beer is fearsomely expensive in restaurants and bars particularly in Norway and in most of Scandinavia. Most the time I bought beer in cans from Supermarkets.
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  7. boristhebold

    boristhebold Been here awhile

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    In, great so far.
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  8. Frey Bentos

    Frey Bentos Probably doing a drawing. Or scratching my arse.

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    Very nice. The bike and the trip. Keep 'em coming..
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  9. Tricky-UK

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    Andalsnes the next morning and another promising day weather wise is likely. :clap

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    My destination this morning was the famous Trollstigen Pass (Trolls Ladder).

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    Going up was looking promising as I left reasonably early and also being early September most of the Summer tourists have gone home with only a few Camper Vans and locals on bikes about.

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    Lovely at the top!

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    I love this bike. :raabia

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    The other side of the Pass I found a nice little spot for coffee and Plum Tart Crumble. :dukegirl

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    But it wasn't long before I received some assistance in finishing it off...

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    I headed next for Geiranger and it's spectacular fjord.

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    Message received I'll try and find a nice Hotel for the night then. :lol3

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    More Ferry Crossings.

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  10. Tricky-UK

    Tricky-UK Wannabe Adventurer

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    Geiranger certainly lived up to expectations!

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    I followed a smaller Ferry in and then spotted what turned out to be a nice Hotel in a stunning location for the night.

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    They had a room at a reasonable rate and for a small extra cost got one with a Fjord view. :wings

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    Not a back view for the evening!

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    Lots of grass roofing about which is very common in this part of the world.

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    Nice. I'd struggle to get the RK parked on that. :lol3

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    Lovely breakfast the next morning which set me up nicely for the day.

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    A big Barge had arrived a bit earlier so I fancied going down the road to have a closer look at it.

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    Lots of these little electric things about which people where renting to drive up the mountain with before coming back down.

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    My route for today.

    The weather was beginning to close in again so I planned to journey to Lillehammer were I had booked a Hostel room for the next two nights.

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    Up the mountain the little Twizy things are everywhere. :-)
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  11. Tricky-UK

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    Getting cold and wet at the top but I had plenty of sheep for company...

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    No Elk seen as yet!!

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    As I reached lower levels again the sun made a brief appearance and it started to warm up a bit.

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    I reached the Hostel at Lillehammer for the evening and after I had settled myself in I wondered into the car park and these guys had just turned up.

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    They had travelled overland from Thailand leaving last April and had journeyed through China, Mongolia and Russia. Their plan was to continue north to Nordkapp before turning south and heading for Helsinki in Finland. The bikes would be stored there over the winter with them then flying home and they are planning to fly back in the Spring and then ride them home.

    Respect! :thumb
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  12. Tsin

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    Enjoying your RR. Great pictures! I rode around southwest Norway last july. Beautiful country. Would like to ride further North next time.
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  13. wobbly one

    wobbly one Been here awhile

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    WOW - great stuff Tricky! I'd say I wasn't jealous, but then I would be lying. Well done.
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    Loved the Guzzi! Amazing shots man! Cheers from Brazil
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  15. Tricky-UK

    Tricky-UK Wannabe Adventurer

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    I'm planning a trip to the Guzzi Factory on Lake Como on it next year but will probably need at least two weeks as I don't think my daily mileage on it will be that high. :lol3
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  16. Tricky-UK

    Tricky-UK Wannabe Adventurer

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    The next day or two I spent in Lillehammer.

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    The Ski Slope from the 1994 Winter Olympics.

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    I bet his marrows are tasty! :lol3

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    This is what I imagine I look like riding the RK.... Form an orderly queue Ladies. :killen

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    It's a day off so relaxed with a few "cheapish" beers and watched the World go by.

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    The Thai Team had left earlier that morning. I had wished them all the best as I waved them off.

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    Supper that evening... Livin the Dream! :imaposer

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    The next morning looked more promising so it was time to hit the road again!

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    More grass roofs.

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    The breakfast of a champion. :lol3

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    Today's route. I picked out a nice ride which would take me south to Jevnaker before turning north again and heading for Rodberg and on to Uvdal where I had booked a small hostel room for the night.

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    Local inhabitant alert!

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    This female found me attractive Ba none... :lol3
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    Great stuff!

    In from NZ! :thumb

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  18. Tricky-UK

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    Caffeine and Benzin... fuel for the road.

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    I thought maybe the Staff in here would be game for a laugh...

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    So stopped to buy cakes and milkshake. And didn't ask if they sold custard pies. :lol3

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    The roadside cafes are plentiful in Norway and sell wholesome food. Please excuse the peas with salad mind. :doh

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    As the afternoon turned into early evening the light from the setting sun made awesome shades of colour onto the landscape.

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    On this section it felt like I was riding into the Jurassic Age...

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    Kind of appropriate on a Hog. :lol3
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  19. MaddBrit

    MaddBrit Now officially a Yank.

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    Bravo!

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    Love this ride report, and your pictures are fantastic. As a veteran of riding and touring on many scoots, I have also enjoyed a GSA but have had the itch for a Road King for some time now. This isn't helping!

    Couple of questions for you if you don't mind. 1. What camera are you using? (if you say iPhone I will probably shoot myself). 2. Mind if I ask why you decided against taking the screen on the RK? I get the air in your face thing, but 750 miles in inclement weather? Wondering how its working out?

    Thanks for sharing and very much enjoying the ride!

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  20. Chipperdoo2

    Chipperdoo2 Been here awhile

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    Great Report. Love seeing scenes of the North country, of any country.
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