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Old 07-01-2010, 11:25 AM   #1
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Wink Catalan girl & Swiss GS visit the Vikings

Yeah!

Heidi (my GS) and I are leaving tomorrow!!!

We are based in Basel (North of Switzerland) and we have decided to spend our 2,5 weeks of holidays visiting Norway.

Our main goals for this trip are enjoying the Norwegian landscapes, seeing Musk oxes and trying to spot some White-tailed Eagles... Reaching Knivskjelloden (the real North Cape) would be a plus, but it's not a priority for us. :)

Tomorrow afternoon I'm going to Lörrach (Germany) where I'm loading Heidi into a train that will bring us to Hamburg.

This is the first time I'm travelling by train with a motorbike. I wanted to make the most of this 2,5 weeks and, since the train is travelling during the night, it's a great way of getting extra time in Norway! And... I will skip 900Km of boring German motorway!

If everything happens as scheduled, Saturday morning I'll be in Hamburg and, from there, I'll be heading to Hirtshals (Northern coast of Denmark), where I want to take the late afternoon ferry to Kristiansand (Southern coast of Norway). Let's see how everything goes...

I'll try to keep you posted during the trip! In case I can't, this is the link to a blog I've created to keep my friends updated:

http://enjoyingtheworldontwowheels.blogspot.com/

And last but not least, a pic of the team :



Cheers,

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Old 07-01-2010, 11:49 AM   #2
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My grandmother is a Norwegian immigrant. While I haven't had the chance yet, I'd love to visit at some point and see where my family is from. Looking forward to seeing your pictures
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Old 07-01-2010, 11:50 AM   #3
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The very best of luck! I'm sure you'll adore Norway. I've done it twice and I'm itching to do it a third time. Maybe next year. Actually, I'm doing Spain at the end of July. You might PM me some recommended routes if you get a chance.

Watch those speed limits in Norway. Police in Norway have absolutely NO sense of humor!
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Old 07-01-2010, 12:56 PM   #4
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Old 07-01-2010, 01:14 PM   #5
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And ill be sitting here in Basel... :/ Veil spass! diviértase!
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Old 07-01-2010, 01:32 PM   #6
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Girls that ride are even cooler , have some fun. I look foward to watching this unfold
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Old 07-01-2010, 02:00 PM   #7
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Girls that ride are even cooler , have some fun. I look foward to watching this unfold
+1 !!

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Old 07-03-2010, 04:12 PM   #8
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Thanks!

Hi guys!
Thanks for your comments! I'll do my best to keep you posted!
Big hug,
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Old 07-03-2010, 04:12 PM   #9
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I'm in Norway!!!

I'm writing from Kristiansand, everything happened as planned, yeiii!


Friday I was working as mad and had to pack everything late afternoon in a ridiculously short amount of time... Thanks God the checklist was prepared since a while ago and I think I have all what I will need... :-)


Went to Lörrach (D), checked in and waited patiently until it was time to load the bike on the train. It was really warm! Was sweating a lot! I was also a bit nervous, never had done that before (and specially because Heidi is 'a bit' heavy for me and was not quite sure what I had to do...


I learnt that bikes are loaded in the lower deck of the wagons and I was told to bring Heidi to the start of the train. I had to ride through all the wagons of the train and was a bit claustrophobic → the ceiling it's very low and couldn't sit upright when riding , I had to duck! But everything went well, no issues! The DB guys were securing the bikes so there was nothing else for me to do, so I went to my cabin. Cosy!


This morning we've arrived punctually at 7.15 in Hamburg-Altona. Since Heidi was at the head of the train, I was one of the first ones to leave the station. Great!


Finding my way to motorway A7 has been very easy. Everything was perfectly signalized! Love the Germans!


Weather was sunny. At 8.30h I was already sweating, ugh! Motorway was crowded. Both lanes full. Many kilometres riding at 80Km/h because the motorway couldn't absorb so much traffic. But thanks God, no jams.


The Dänish motorway was not so crowded but most of the people drive very slow. Many of them were overtaking caravans at the 'vertiginous' speed of 80 Km/h... in places where you could ride up to 130! Was getting a bit nervous...


Arrived to Hirtshals much earlier than expected. Check in was due to start at 16h and I was there at 14h... No problem, I always have things to do. Took my boots off, got my flip-flops and went for a short walk. While walking, I found a ferret-like animal Thought it could be hungry so showed it a croissant I had on my bag. The ferret showed interest so I offered some bits that quickly disapeared in its mouth. Then I remembered that I also had a bit of 'pâte' in the bag. Thought it was much more appropriate for a ferret so there went my lunch... But the ferret was happy, so I was happy, too.


While queueing for the ferry I met some very nice bikers. A Serbian guy heading to North Cape, a Californina guy riding a German BMW and two Norwegian guys riding a couple of almost 'classic' Yamahas FZR...


Mikael, one of the Norwegians has been very helpful explaining me how the damned straps with ratchet worked (never used ratchets before, only 'normal straps').


I've spent the whole ferry trip with the two Norwegians. Great fun! And I also got great advice from them on nice roads and things to visit. Thanks a mil!!!


When leaving the ferry I had a critical moment. All motorbikes were in a low deck, with some slope and while maneuvering the bike to go out, I hit one of the 'bumps' on the floor used to secure the bikes and lost balance towards de right. Ughhhhhhhhhh! That horrible feeling that the bike is falling and you can't do anything to avoid it... But by miracle I managed to keep it standing! Well, not by miracle, all the muscles in my right leg are still aching... It was very close...


Once in town I looked for the room I had booked in advance for tonight. Very practic 'hotel' next to the harbour. I got my 'plain clothes' and went for a walk through Kristiansand. Got a Norwegian SIM card in a petrol station, some cash in an ATM, a hamburger and some french fries in a McD and went for a relaxing walk next to the shore. Great end of the day!
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Old 07-03-2010, 04:19 PM   #10
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Some pics

Below some pics!

Yesterday in Germany, Heidi loaded in the train!



My ferret friend being tempted by the croissant:



And now being tempted by the 'pâte'... Even a second one appeared!



Hirtshals harbour. Waiting for the ferry:



Heidi secured in the ferry belly:



Kristiansand's harbour:



Hope you enjoy them!
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Old 07-03-2010, 07:01 PM   #11
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will follow you, but don't get bitten by the "ferret"
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Old 07-04-2010, 12:21 AM   #12
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Great Ride, have a lot of fun!
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Old 07-04-2010, 04:28 PM   #13
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Hi guys,
Thanks again for all your comments!
It's great reading them, I don't feel alone!


Below today's update:


Cell phone alarm started ringing at 8.00 AM. Couldn't wake up. Decided to count up to 25 and think then what to do next. I've ended up counting up to 150...
The problem is that yesterday I went to bed almost at 2 AM. Always happens the same to me, it takes an awful lot of time posting pics and writing reports on the road!
I've finished the apple juice I bought yesterday in the petrol station, loaded everything on the bike and just before 10 AM I was heading to road 41.
Wanted to see a bit of the interior of Norway and according to the map this road was going to be beautiful.
Weather couldn't be any better. Sunny, no clouds and a bit chilly.
At the beginning I was a bit disappointed with the road. One village was sticking to the other and speed limits were of 40-50 Km. My God! But things improved quickly. Less and less villages and road going up and getting twisty.
Suddendly I see the first 'beware of elks' sign. That's a 'must have' pic! So I've stopped and taken the coveted photo. Yeiii...
Road was getting better and better and landscape nicer and nicer. Wide (and not very deep) river making 'lake-like' shapes and lots of conifers. I've never been in Alaska or Canada but I guess it must look similar...
Around midday I was starving so decided to have a picnic.
I stopped in one of the many picnic areas around the Norwegian roads and enjoyed a couple of slices of Swiss bread (still in good condition!), olive oil from Southern Spain (can't eat bread without it!) and smoked beef meat from Switzerland (from the Graubunden!). Mmmmmm, everything was so tasty!
The only negative point: the bugs! Ugh, how many of them, what a pain! I wished several times I was a cow to have a tail to get rid of them...
I've had to stop several times to make pics. The landscape was beautiful.
Good decision having taken this road!
Once finished (in Brunkeberg), then I've taken a bit of the E134 and a bit of the 361 to get to road 40. In the map this one looked promising as well.
Reality: it was OK, but 41 wass better!
I have to say that both of them (40 and 41) were not in a very good condition (to say it nicely). The route was great (endless smooth curves one after the other) but the surface was soooo bumpy!
But when I say bumpy I mean REALLY bumpy.
I was standing on the bike most of the time just to avoid the shakes due to the potholes...
Well, and not only for the potholes...
My butt was aching so much that I had to find some ways to make me feel better... (this special super-super-super low seat I have, helps me to reach the ground, but is killing my butt...). I know that in the next days it will get better, but the first trip days are hard!
One of the funniest part of road 40 is from Uvdal to Dagali. It climbs up to 1100 metres (ski station area) and has quite a few funny curves. Love going up the hill with the 1200, hahaha...
However, this stretch was the worst of the whole day in terms of bumps. My God, even for the GS some of them were too much...
I've arrived to Geilo around 18h and decided that I could call it a day so it was time to find somewhere to sleep.
One sign next to the road was advertising for appartments and decided to go for one. Best decision ever! For the same price as yesterday, today I got a full-equiped apartment for me (even bigger than the flat I've rented in Switzerland!).
The pitty was that I hadn't any 'cookable' food with me and. being Sunday 18h, nothing was open to get food.
So I went for a walk in town and ended up eating a huge hamburger in a local fast-food shop (1000 times better than the one yesterday at MD).
With my belly full, went back to the apartment, had a relaxing shower and started my daily homework.


Numbers of the day: 440 Km ridden, 8.5h hours on the road (picnic and quick visit to Uvdal Stave church included).


And, as usual, some pics!




Today's route: Kristiansand-Geilo




First 'elk' sign of the trip





Beautiful landscape in Telemark:





Marta





Heidi





The picnic:




Nice landscape close to Vradal:





Direction Bolkesjo:





Uvdal Stavkirche:





Somewhere between Uvdal and Geilo




Our home tonight (inside):





Gourmet dinner:





All pictures here:
http://picasaweb.google.es/MartaDucatona/Noruega2010#
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Old 07-04-2010, 04:43 PM   #14
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Nice report. Wish I was there. Thanks.
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Old 07-04-2010, 08:22 PM   #15
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your picnic looked great. keep the report coming and thanks.

How low is your seat on Heidi? What is the seat height? Is there ANY padding?

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