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North Cape – The Scandinavian Arctic Adventure
MARCH 4th, 2017
About four weeks ago, Kevin, my good friend from Ireland, who I’ve had the pleasure of riding with two years in a row now (Alaska and Ireland), sent me a text and said he’s thinking about riding up to The Arctic Circle again. But this time through Norway and Sweden! Well, long story / short, we’re not thinking about it anymore, we’re planning and preparing for it now! We’ve got three months to have everything in place because we start riding June 5th, 2017. I’m usually preparing for a trip this big, about a year in advance, so this will be a challenge. But Kevin and I are a lot alike, planning and preparation is half the fun on a trip like this. I have to admit though, Kevin is doing most of the planning!
I’ll fly out of Denver on June 4th and arrive in Dublin the morning of the 5th, where I’ll rent a brand new BMW F700GS from my friends a Celtic Rider, as I did last year for my Ireland tour (click on the Ireland tab to read about that incredible trip).
I’ll then ride up to Derry that afternoon and meet Kevin at his home. We’ll then ride to Belfast, where we will board a ship that night for an overnight ride to Liverpool. We’ll then ride to Harwich on the eastern coast of England and board a boat for another overnight ride to The Hook of Holland.
We’ll then ride through the Netherlands, Germany, then into Denmark where we will catch another overnight boat trip to Bergen, Norway. Yeah, I’m thinking the same thing you are…I’ll find out how sea worthy I am on all of these sea voyages. Hopefully I won’t spend too much time hanging over the rail of these ships!
From Bergen, the fun really starts. We’ll ride north through Norway to the Arctic Circle, then continue north about 650 more miles to the North Cape, the most northerly point on the European continent (truly…”Til the Road Ends)!
From the end of the road at the North cape, we’ll make our way through Finland, where we hope to reach the Russian border, where in a matter of speaking, the road ends again!
As usual, I plan to update the website daily with photos and stories during the trip as internet availability allows me to. And of course, if you happen to be awake in the middle of the night with nothing to do, you can click the Spot Tracking link on the right of this page to track us live. Or, just wait until you get out of bed in the morning to see where we’ve been that at 4.
DAY ONE – SUNDAY, JUNE 4TH, 2017
A Wet Day!
I landed at Dublin airport over an hour early at 4:15 am…what airline does that? I guess Aer Lingus does. I got picked up by Celtic Rider right on time. It started raining around 6:30 am, on and off throughout the morning. Loading the bike took about three hours, just like last year. The Celtic Rider guys are so helpful! We spent a lot of time just shooting the breeze.
It took me about 4 hours to ride up to Kevin’s house. The rain really came down in the last hour of the ride. I was treated to another wonderful Shepperds Pie cooked by Keven’s wife Kathleen…once again…and excellent, once again! By the time we left, the rain had stopped.
Kevin and I hit the road to Belfast to catch the boat to Liverpool. Before we left, Kevin asked me…” should I wear my rain gear or not”? The immediate answer from me was…”YES”!!! A few minutes down the road….it poured.
It was a nice overnight ferry ride to Liverpool. Around 2 am, the boat, (which is quite large) began doing some big time rocking back and forth, which woke me up. But I had no evidence of sea sickness! I’m ready to become a sailor now!
DAY TWO – What’s With This Weather?
There is a major storm rolling across Europe right now with heavy rains, extremely strong winds (50 to 60 miles per hour…and gusts even stronger), plus very cool temperatures. And it’s following us (or we’re following it) on our route to Norway! It’s followed us now for two days in a row and it’s in the forecast for every town on our route for the next several days!
On the way to our next overnight boat from Harwich, England to The Netherlands, we stopped near London to pay a quick two hour visit to my Uncle Ted. He cooked us a great lunch and we were back on the road again.
Not only did we battle the storm on the way to the Harwich docks, we got stuck in a huge traffic jam from an accident which closed the highway for hours. I had my first taste of lane splitting (riding through the stopped traffic in between the cars) and after about an hour, Kevin and I made it to the front of the traffic jam where we got a head start after they opened the highway.
Lots of motorcyclist waiting to board the ship. We had a slight break in the rain while we waited.
DAY THREE – The weather keeps Getting Worse !
Welcome to Holland…
The boat to The Netherlands was huge and very nice. There were some rough sea’s on our over night trip, but the big ship seemed to handle it well.
We had no opportunities to do any sight seeing on this trip yet. The winds and the rain were even worse today. We couldn’t even stop along the side of the road to take a couple of scenic photographs here and there as I’d hoped to.
We battled driving rain and got blown all over the Autobahn riding through Germany today. My rain gear wasn’t enough to hold back all of the water as it seeped through my gloves, pants and jacket.
We’re staying in a nice little Gaestehaus in Flensburg, Germany tonight. I’ve got all of my gear spread out all over my room in attempt to dry it out so I can get it all wet again tomorrow!
With all that said, we’re still managing to keep smiles on our faces and enjoy the trip.
Stay tuned and we’ll see what tomorrow brings us. We’re riding from Flensburg to Hirtshals, Denmark where we’ll catch another boat to Bergen, Norway!
Day Four – The Sun! (Thanks Mel)
I woke up in a great little guest house this morning in Fensburg, Germany, afraid to open the curtain. I just knew I was going to see driving rain and heavy winds again as the forecast said. But when I peaked through the curtain…there was sunshine and beautiful blue skies.
Somehow, while Kevin and I were riding around the area taking pictures this morning, we got separated. Also, for some strange reason, our helmet intercoms stopped working at the same time. Kevin had gone left at the end of the road and I had gone right. I figured that perhaps he started on the route towards Denmark. So, I rode that direction, which only separated us even more. I pulled over after several minutes of riding without finding him and tried to call him, but the calls wouldn’t go through. I was beginning to feel like the little kid in the grocery store who lost his mom!
Finally, someone who was also staying at the guest house drove by and said that Kevin had asked them earlier if they had seen me. So, when they saw me on the side of the road as they were driving into town, they suggested that I wait there. I finally connected with Kevin in a text, and we met back up and hit the road for Denmark!
The weather was getting even better as we approached the German/Danish border.
As we were walking back to our bikes after taking the two photos above, I decided to take a short cut and hop the little ditch across the street. Bad idea…I fell in the ditch, right in front of the border guards. Guess who got pulled over and questioned as we crossed the border?
Our ship to Bergen, Norway was huge! And very luxurious. Probably one of the best buffets I’ve ever seen. And well prepared foods.
Tom0rrow morning our boat Docks in Bergen, Norway, where we begin our ride through the mountains and fjords, on our way to the North Cape. It was quite an accomplishment to get this far in the trip…and quite a challenge too.
Day Five – Norway…WOW!
As our ship passed through the fjords approaching Bergen, Norway. We were amazed by the beauty. Then our ship docked and it started pouring down rain. But it didn’t matter. Every mile we rode, had something we wanted to stop and take a picture of. Norway is stunning and that’s an under statement.
DAY EIGHT – The Arctic Circle
We left Steinkjer, Norway this morning in the rain. It came down harder as we progressed north. Then after about 3 hours, the rain stopped and gave way to partly cloudy skies by the time we reached the Arctic Circle. Two more days until we reach the North Cape (the northern most point in Europe)…and the main goal for this trip.
Enjoy todays photos….
DAY NINE – Not a Cloud in the Sky
The weather today was perfect and literally not a cloud in the sky all day long. We truly thought the magnificent scenery was going slowly fade today as we continued north, But the views became more and more majestic. Every minute of our ride today had a dramatic view. We were hoping for some less dramatic scenery, because it’s really slowing us down as we stop constantly, to take pictures. But that’s a good thing!
Today, on the one and only ferry we had, we met a great couple from Norway. We had a long conversation with them about how Kevin and I met and our travels the past three years and they told us about their travels too. They were a really fun couple to talk to.
Tomorrow is the big day…The North Cape (Nordkapp, Norway). “The end of the road”