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Old 06-18-2013, 05:34 PM   #1
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Tour of Scandinavia and the Baltic States

Intro:
A good mate of mine has always wanted to ride to Murmansk (Russia), and I've always wanted to loop the Baltics... now, in a past corporate life I would have described this situation as a 'synergy', but I've quit all that so... the term 'jolly' seems more appropriate

Here's our very rough outline from London:


As for photos, I tested out my gear on the Tour of the British North. We'll keep you updated as we go along, though pictures will need wifi to upload so please bear with us.

We leave London on 22nd June 2013!
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Old 06-20-2013, 09:06 AM   #2
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have a good one, not jealous at all.... :)
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Old 06-20-2013, 09:17 AM   #3
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Day -2:
Today I thought it high time I made sure that everything I wanted to take was going to fit on the bike.

Here's the way I'm going to be keeping the phone and bluetooth helmet juiced up. This would also be powering the GPS, but the USB connector is dead on it:


This is where I'm going to keep my AV equipment to hand (including the DSLR I'm using to take these pictures), as well how to charge the DSLR. If I'm not charging the helmet, the same cable can be used to charge the GoPro:


In the right pannier I've got my Fat Frog tent, Exped sleeping mattress and pillow:


In the left pannier I've got some flipflops, an MSR stove, a 21" inner tube, an electric pump, two tyre levers (third is in my tank bag as it doubles as a spanner to adjust the chain), a sleeping bag, a camera bag for the DSLR and a GoPro mount:


Bolted to the right pannier is chain lube and a litre of 10W60:


Bolted to the left pannier I've a litre MSR fuel bottle, and 750ml of breakdown assistance The MSR bottle is on the outside so I can fill it up easier when at the petrol station:


On the back I've a fold out chair, and a regular backpack with
  • 4x undergarments
  • 4x pairs of riding socks
  • 2x regular socks
  • 3x long-sleeve shirts
  • 2x riding undershirts
  • 1x pair shorts
  • 1x towel
  • 1x pair jeans
  • 1x trainers
  • 1x sunglasses
  • 1x dental stuff
  • 1x laptop and charger


This set-up works for me as I can get in and out of the panniers without moving the backpack, and when I'm checking into accommodation it's as simple as grabbing the backpack and walking away from the bike as I don't need anything from the panniers. I'll cover my riding gear in a subsequent post.

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Old 06-21-2013, 12:28 PM   #4
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Maybe you can get some inspiration and/ or ideas from the Lindesned to north cape ride report in my signature.
You better call ahead when going to the Lofoten isles. Small islands strung together and alot of tourists in peak season means little vacancies.

I'd at least try to go a bit further before cutting across towards Oslo adn be sure to follow the coastal road down from Bodø towards Trondheim instead of the E6 !

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Old 06-22-2013, 08:14 AM   #5
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Old 06-22-2013, 09:21 AM   #6
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Old 06-22-2013, 05:57 PM   #7
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Day 1:
Well what a day... Made it to the Ace Cafe and were met by a few friends to see us off.





Then we headed to Harwich for our ferry - what could go wrong?






Err... so. Hmmn. Turns out that ferry's not an option for the next week or so. No option but to:


We'll have to drive to Denmark now.





Overnight in France. This was not le plan!



700 miles to do tomorrow to get back on schedule. Or should I say today, in about 3 hours' time.

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Old 06-22-2013, 05:58 PM   #8
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no interest in St. Petersburg?
Not on this trip, been there and not enough time :(
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Old 06-22-2013, 06:00 PM   #9
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Maybe you can get some inspiration and/ or ideas from the Lindesned to north cape ride report in my signature.
You better call ahead when going to the Lofoten isles. Small islands strung together and alot of tourists in peak season means little vacancies.

I'd at least try to go a bit further before cutting across towards Oslo adn be sure to follow the coastal road down from Bodø towards Trondheim instead of the E6 !
Yes good idea, we'll look into more things to do around the south west corner - time permitting - thanks for the inspiration :)
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Old 06-23-2013, 02:55 AM   #10
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We were there last year ....too cool.....Have a nice Trip!

in our movie you can see the nordkap already ;)

Take a trip to the lofoten!!
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Old 06-23-2013, 04:45 AM   #11
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That is going to be an awesome ride!I did almost the same route 3 years ago, had shitty weather but such a good time!
Safe drive!
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Old 06-23-2013, 05:59 AM   #12
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You bastard! ;p You lucky lucky bastard! ;p I've been wanting to do that loop for ages now and you're doing it! Git :p

Have a great time, ride safe and keep posting :p I'm subscribed.


Oh, and as someone already mentioned, try and make time for St.Petersburg, it's a fucking awesome party town, and has the hottest babes in Russia :)
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Old 06-23-2013, 06:18 AM   #13
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I'm in.

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Old 06-23-2013, 03:00 PM   #14
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Day 2: Making up for the sinking ferry

Here's today's track log, covering 5 countries and 1235km - France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Denmark:


We were on the road for 8am this morning, all checked out and ready to claw back our schedule. Around 800 miles to cover.




Four petrol stations:


The KTM getting 52mpg!!



Lots of road...:





Good progress made, to Hirtshals to wait for the 10am ferry.



We're staying in a hostel, overlooking the coast.


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Old 06-23-2013, 08:37 PM   #15
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I literally just planned out a route that looks very similar to this to do some time in the next 2 years. I think mine sticks more to the coasts (I love coastal roads).

Will be very interested in this thread.
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