The Big Leap! (Circle to Circle)

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Peter640, Jun 18, 2019.

  1. PiaP

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    Sorry to hear about Julie's dad
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  2. Peter640

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    Thanks for kind wishes for Julie’s dad.

    We had beer tonight! Awesome!!

    Umami Urchin Stout!! How good is that!!

    Julie flies from Oslo on 5/10.

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    This was weird ... zoom in
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  3. Peter640

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    What a day! The kms here are slow, often spectacular and sometimes hard work!! Today we had all those conditions!

    We left Bergen after being caught up in some foul traffic! Maybe an accident in a tunnel??

    Headed out on 16 before jumping to the 7 for Øystese. Amazing Road that follows the fjord! It did however piss down!

    We passed some excellent waterfalls and moody fjord views!!

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    After the GPS took us on a minor diversion to the bridge after Granvin the road goes a little crazy as you climb up inside a mountain in a spiral tunnel! Bloody mad and amazing engineering! It pushed you out on the top of Hardanger-Jøkulen where it started bright and cold before becoming cold and then became cold and snowy before settling into cold and rainy!

    The common word is cold! 36F or 1-2C in the rain is only so much fun, so only a few pics but they give some flavour! At one point I was thinking we might get stuck up there!!

    Thawing out in Gol anticipating a shorter, if still wet and cold day tomorrow to get Julie to the airport in Oslo for an early Sat AM flight!

    This was spectacular!

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    A part frozen lake!
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    This snow storm hit with a vengeance and stopped all further photography as staying alive took over as our priority!!
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  5. Peter640

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    Three nights alone in Oslo coming up ... suggestions on best bars (and other activities!!) welcome!
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  6. norseXL

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    I don't realy like Oslo, but the Viking ship museum at Bygdøy is a must, it is out of this world...
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  7. Wild Ginger

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    Another day on the road in southern Norway: the penultimate day before I fly home.

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    I completed a 5 hour return hike, 12 km and a great view: Sogndal, (Peter fished for mackerel and provided entree for dinner)
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    We tried to summit but turned back due to icy road conditions and -2 degreesC .... took tunnel to Aurland instead
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    St Johns Church Bergen
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    Mariakirken Bergen

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    Walk at top of the Funicular, Bergen
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    Bryggen, the old merchant warehouses, Bergen
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    Lunch view as we ate our sandwiches at Granvin at the Co-Op (which offered free coffee and chocolate)!
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    Some falls on Route 7: but they are out of the shot

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    We emerged from a tunnel, onto a bridge, to immediately enter another tunnel, take a right at the underground round about, to emerge from the tunnel to ride by a fjord. That’s Norway for you!!
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  8. btrrtlwtr

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    Definately bucket list stuff.Thanks for taking us aiong great story excellent pix hope Julie’s dad is not too bad .warmest (no pun intended cuz you guys have been in the cold) regards
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  9. Peter640

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    Thanks btr we’re looking at weather map now and will have a cold but shorter trip today to an airport hotel. The day improves and reaches a heady 5C 42F by mid afternoon!

    Time to go south when you see that as a warm day!

    Looking forwards to some warmer European weather and then some Aussie sun at the end of the month!

    Julie’s Dad is quite sick and in his mid 80s. We are both worried for him as his health has deteriorated quickly. We had to buy a new ticket for Julie to get home as Malaysian wanted over a £1,000 to change her booking on a £450 ticket! No compassion there!!.

    I will ride on to visit my Mum in England who is nearly 94 and would have loved seeing Julie again!

    We hadn’t planned three days in Oslo but now I’ll do that solo before taking the ferry to Keil in Germany and visiting a friend there. From there Holland and ferry to the UK to park the bike up for winter!

    Peter
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  10. Peter640

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    PS @btrrtlwtr Norway is wonderful riding! I think a month earlier than we came would be perfect as the crowds will have thinned out and the weather would be warmer.

    In peak season I believe it gets very crowded in some parts! Geiranger is a small place that has 10,000 visitors a day, 200 coaches and up to 4 cruise ships daily! Plus all the RVs the roads would be much less fun!

    Miles or kms pass slowly here as the roads are small and speed limits reflect that. In the US or Canada or back home we often do two or three tanks of fuel a day. Here it’s only 1 as we get great mileage because we’re slower (250 miles or 490kms to a tank) and it takes all day to go that far!

    My advice would be slow down, take the smaller roads and enjoy! Camping facilities are everywhere plus you can free camp.

    We haven’t even engaged with the dirt roads and I suspect there is a years worth of riding in those alone!!

    Peter
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  11. Wild Ginger

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  12. 'Bob'

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    :vardy ... I hope that's the right emoji for the forecast Peter. Can't believe you're both still riding, posting excellent stuff, and still smiling, since we met you in Dawson in June! It seems Adventure riding brings out the best in those committed to it, and your 'Circle to Circle' adventure is a big commitment indeed.:super
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  13. Peter640

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    Thanks Bob!

    Sadly, J flew out this morning. She did about 14,000 kms on back in 6 countries! Quite a gal!

    She made me stop for this shot yesterday! We had a nice last day working our way to Oslo. Even the main roads are pretty here!

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    One of Julie’s “art” shots! Tunnel segues to bridge!

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    Arriving at the airport hotel her last dismount and the end of saddle time!

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    Jumping off mileage!

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    She was a bit excited about this!

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    She was happy to be leaving this behind

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    I go on to Germany solo then either France or Holland to get bike back to uk for winter!

    How’s the west? Love to M
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  14. Peter640

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    Feels odd being solo again! Wandering the streets of Oslo ...

    Seeing odd sights and noticing cultural differences!

    Made a note of this bar to revisit later!
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    Bridge sculpture ...
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    Opera house (I think!)
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    The name put me off a bit!
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    I noticed these hardie folk being, hardie!
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    Time for a BOTD I feel!
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    OMG two things just happened, firstly I received a Dad joke from Julie in Doha!!

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    Then I got Norwegian Beer price shock! Prices are a bit rich but then you see the glass size! 20 and 33 cl serves at 90-129NOK

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    Argghhh .... I’m going to die a poor man!
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    This is the JV beer made as an Aussie/Norge collaboration from the brewery just down the road from where we live! But not at $15aud for 20cl!

    I’ve had bigger servings of whisky!

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  17. norseXL

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    Yes the craft beer prices in Norway are ridiculus, can still get the big brand lager cheaper though.
    The Grønland area did have some pubs with human prices in the earlier hours last time I was in Oslo.
    I save my Kroner drinking at home and buying fancy beer in Sweden, need my money for bike parts...
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    Yes that last one I posted made me leave the bar!! Settled in to slightly better prices down the road! I find the Brew Dog bars are pricy everywhere!!

    Going home in a moment for a can of IPA and some free food from the hostel recycled bin!

    I went the Hverfags solely based on volume! Still $15 aud a pop!

    Nice bar though and a very good vibe!

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  19. 'Bob'

    'Bob' Been here awhile

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    For Jules and her Dad...
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    Oh that’s a nice rendition! You’ll have me getting all homesick! Just got message from J she has landed safely!

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