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Old 08-18-2013, 03:11 AM   #3871
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Here I come
Denmark will be my 27th country so far.
But I have a long way to go.
Monkey butt for sure awaits me
I need to put in some miles as I need to get up Norway and down thru Finland before it starts snowing.
Ciao for now
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Old 08-18-2013, 07:30 AM   #3872
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Amsterdam is amazing, and Brugge is one of my favorite cities.....

If you have a chance, there is amazing scenery if you take a bicycle and ride out from the city and into the countryside. You can go to Edam, Volendam and all along the seaside on a bicycle...with a basket and stop for food, wine, and "argh", shopping :)

I loved it there, and have been twice. I was there the last time on Queens Day...quite the party!

Stay safe, and keep enjoying your travels....:)

Originally Posted by flyingdutchman177 View Post
In France, I tried the wine
In Belgium, I tried the beer
In Amsterdam, I didn't try the women but I did do something else that was kind of out of my character. I tried some space cake. Space cake is the same as hash brownies. Or a brownie with pot in it.
And I can honestly say that I have never smoked or tried pot before.......EVER!
But when in Rome (or in this case Amsterdam), I tried a Space Cake. You can buy some in any coffee shop and it is completely legal.
The guy that sold it to me recommended that I eat half, wait and hour to see how it affects me and eat the other half if so desired. Well, I wolfed down the whole brownie in about 30 seconds.
I had met my good friend Jim there (see page 3 and 4 of my blog).
It just so happened that Jim was in Amsterdam that week and we met up for dinner, beers and some Space Cake for dessert.

I am not sure what I was expecting from the Space cake, but I was hoping for something more than I got.
I thought I would think everything was funny. I was expecting to do some really stupid things. But all I got was dizzy. And spacy.
And I had trouble thinking straight.
It was not a good feeling. I wasn't any more happy. And I doubt I will ever do it again.
I think I will stick with beer and wine.
Yeah, sure, my favorite beers and wines are more expensive than a $5 Space Cake, but I found out that pot is not for me

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Old 08-18-2013, 09:29 PM   #3873
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darn it I caught up to the bog...

Lalo,greetings from the Not so Frozen North!..the West Coast of British Columbia.
We have Canada's only desert is 3 hours travel from the Fraser Valley which is home to some amazing wines.My wife's nephew has a vineyard in Osoyoos B.C which is home to a most amazing Syrah,that is vinted by Moon Cursor Vineyards.
So much to refute the popular misnomer that the 49th parallel is the boundry between palapas and igloos,we have great wines and micro breweries here.
A '99 Blue Chimay,you lucky dawg.....the wines that you have sampled in your journey are a treat,and I can't read enough,my wine fridge list grows with every post!
I have enjoyed your ramblings and photos,and the gratuitus bikini shots(sorry had to).
Ah the beers,Urquell,Faxe,Grolsche,Dab.....
Safe travels...ride on!

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Old 08-19-2013, 02:29 AM   #3874
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Sent you a couple PM's about Norway, but just looked at the Nordkapp site and it appears you should get there before 1st September really as there is significantly reduce opening from then.

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Old 08-19-2013, 04:33 AM   #3875
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Hey Lalo,

just sent you a PM.

Since you have to use either our Elbtunnel or the Elbbrücken (bridges over the river Elbe) to reach Scandivia, you should stop by and have a look.

(brewery not shown on picture above, but there is one right behind our town-house which is the second pinnacle from the left )
"Coins are the by-catch in the vacuuming-buisness!"
("Kleingeld ist der Beifang in der Staubsaugerei!")
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Old 08-19-2013, 12:49 PM   #3876
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Excellent trip! You’ve resurrected many great memories in the last several days. We spent a couple years living in the vicinity of the Mosel Valley in Germany. My wife loved the wine, I loved the beer. Strangely enough, the 600 bottles we shipped back to the states are all gone now.
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Old 08-19-2013, 05:46 PM   #3877
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i guess if your going to hang with monks your going to be blessed
my problems started when i read Neil Pearts book ( Ghost Rider ) that started the scotch (McCallan)
Then picked up a bottle of Cava de Oro (dame i like tequila know)
then i read your report about all the wines ( yes i found the folding stem wine glass ) been hitting that stuff.
today picked up some different beers to sample.
but the wife says NO to HOOKER and DRUGS
enjoying you trip, keep it up. Im going to sober up and go for a ride.
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Old 08-20-2013, 02:27 AM   #3878
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I sped thru the rest of the Netherlands.
Raced thru northern Germany.
Ripped on thru Denmark with a stop off at Copenhagen.
And now I am dashing thru Sweden slowing down just enough to enjoy all the beautiful women here.
And I am heading to Oslo Norway this afternoon.
Then to the fiords for some hiking and back in to the Arctic once again.
I will post pics once I slow down a bit.
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Old 08-20-2013, 09:37 AM   #3879
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Originally Posted by flyingdutchman177 View Post
I hate to camp in camp grounds......and why should I when I can find places like this for free. I was up there watching the sun go down, sipping on some wine and dancing to the music on my i pod player. It was a special moment

Here's the view from my tent

Good thing my camera has a timer


Just finished catching up on your ride report. What a great job you have done posting photos and writing about your experience. Composing the report is more work than people realize. In the photos above you are right in my backyard in the Okanagan Valley. I have made some notes on your wine tastings so if i can source them out i will be sure to try them. Keep your travels going and i look forward to the outcome of your love connection. She appears to be a lovely and adventurous lady with a great attitude. Keep on making your own luck. Stay open to whatever comes your way. Thanks for sharing the trip.
"Blessed are the Cheesemakers"

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Old 08-20-2013, 11:48 AM   #3880
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Catch up

I got up at the crack of noon on Sunday.
My hosts in the Netherlands made me another delicious breakfast and I got on my way......heading north.
Saying good bye for now. But maybe I will see them again on the road somewhere in this world

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Old 08-20-2013, 11:54 AM   #3881
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Northern Germany

My host in the Netherlands warned me that once I got in to Germany to check my mirrors before pulling in to the "fast lane".
And WOW was he not kidding.
I was cruising along about 80 to 85 mph and I was getting blown off the road.
Everyone was doing over 100 easy.
Some guys were doing 125 or 130.
And they were Porsches and M Powered BMW's. They were little 4 cylinder cars.
They must drive with the pedal to the metal all the time.
And at $8+ a gallon, they can't be getting more than 15 mpg at that speed.
I was wishing for my Honda Blackbird at that moment. Then I would be putting the hammer down
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Old 08-20-2013, 12:02 PM   #3882
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I got just inside the Danish border and I started to look for a place to camp.
My GPS has some "shelters" under "Lodging" listed. You never know what you are going to find when you search for a shelter. But it rained off and on thru out the day so I thought it would be nice to find somewhere with a roof over my head.
The GPS led me to a little town and then thru the town. The road turned to dirt and that was looking promising as most of the shelters are on the side of the road in town. Then the GPS told me to turn down some single track. Well it turned out to be some horse trails. Fun stuff

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Old 08-20-2013, 12:03 PM   #3883
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When I arrived at the shelter, this is what I found.

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Old 08-20-2013, 12:05 PM   #3884
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The shelters were wood lined and only about 2 or 3 feet tall.
But there was no one around for miles.
I popped open a Westveleren Beer and cranked up the tunes.

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Old 08-20-2013, 12:07 PM   #3885
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I ended up sleeping inside my bivy sack because the shelter was loaded with spiders. And there were some really big ones too.
I hate spiders!
But everything stayed dry

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