Road Trip - 2004
Beginning of the trip - 30.06.04
Skoll: It was a dark and stormy night. Four
days before the trip was supposed to start I
found out that I could not do it with my trusty
Ural. Luckily Paavo - a friend of mine had -
promised to lend his bike - a Suzuki 750 GSXF
- for me for the trip. The problem was, that
it wasn't insured and he hadn't been driving
it for some time.
On the day the trip was supposed to start i
still didn't know if if I'll be participating
it. 10:30 I finally got the isurance for the
bike. An hour later i got the new registration
certificate. The sun was shining and for the
first time I felt confident about the trip.
Still there was trouble waiting. As the battery
of the bike was complitey dead it took me two
and a half ahours to start the bike for the
first time. According to Paavo, after one day
of driving the battery should last for a week.
Janne: Every one of the V-max's ignition wire's
were oxygenized. Engine sounded like it was
running only with two cylinders when driving
on a wet weather. I needed to change all the
wires, but due to tight schedule I only had
time to change the wires for two cylinders.
Anyway, after changing the wires the motor's
idle running sound was quite solid, so I decided
the bike was in good enough shape to head it
towards the dark mountains of Norway....
Skoll: 20 minutes before the ship departed
we finally got to the harbor. And the journey
could finally start. The tripmeter showed 27250
The next morning we arrived in Stockholm. 30
minutes after leaving the ship we had to stop
for the first time. The chain of the Suzuki
kept making a hell of a noise so we had to stop
to tighten it.
At 12:30 we finally left Stockholm for Oslo.
The weather was fine and after about 200 km.
the Suzuki finally started feeling good to drive.
The trip bought two new biking experiences for
me; when you release your grip from the handlebar,
the bike goes straight forward and when you
are already driving 100 km/h and you open the
throttle, the bike actually accelerates.
Janne: This was the first long trip driving
experience with the new vmax, and it turned
out to be quite easy to drive even with the
non standard 180/55 rear tire :). We encoutered
a nice thunderstorm just 50km from Oslo, but
the bikes worked fine and it was only matter
of the drivers determination... In Oslo we found
a nice Hostel, which we booked for a two nights.
2906 Stockholm-Oslo. 50km from from Oslo we
were struck by a helluva rainstorm. beer tasted
good in Oslo after Hostel booking. (2004-06-30
23:53 - Janne)
3006 we've spent most of the day looking for
a mirror to Skoll's Gsxf. Also saw some Viking
ships at Drammen museum near Oslo. (2004-07-01
00:01 - Janne)
After driving for 12 hours to Oslo, the battery
had made no signs on life. And as Janne had
grown tired for pushstarting my bike, I decided
to buy a new battery. Another thing I was missing
on my bike was the left mirror. So the most
of the Wednesday morning we spent looking for
spare parts for the Suzuki. Finally we got a
new battery and a promise of the mirror for
the afternoon, so we left to check out the local
Heading to south - 01.07.04
Oslo. We are packing our bikes and it's starting
to rain. Today we'll be heading for Kristiansand.
(2004-07-01 10:59 - Skoll)
Kongsberg, about 80 km from Oslo. TM (Tripmeter
reading): 27948. The weather has been cloudy
and we have been hit by a few showers. (2004-07-01
13:21 - Skoll)
So far we had been drivin bigger roads. From
Koningberg we continued E134 and the road started
to be more twisty. (2004-07-01 14:41 - Skoll)
Now we are turning from E134 for Rjukan. The
road should take us to 1883 meters. After 750
km the Suzuki feels pretty good. (2004-07-01
14:45 - Skoll)
18 km to Åmot on road 37. Hot chocolade rarely
tastes this good. Rjukan was nothing to be seen
but we did almost touch the clouds... (2004-07-01
17:05 - Skoll)
We also passed about 6 needle-eyes. It has
been raining on and off for the whole day. I'm
glad I bought these new waterproof gloves. (2004-07-01
17:07 - Skoll)
Valle. Never heard of it before? Neither have
I. TM: 28200 km. On our way we passed another
6 needle-eyes. (2004-07-01 21:59 - Skoll)
If you thought finnish alkohol policy was strikt,
try Norway. At least in Valle you can't buy
beer after 6pm. And the only bar closes at 8pm.
(2004-07-01 22:05 - Skoll)
0107 In Valle. I'm eating grillpØlse and potetsalat.
Today's keywords: curves, rain, views, alcohol
policy. (2004-07-01 22:13 - Janne)
A breakfast of sausage, potatosalad and eggs
and the road is calling. We decided to skip
Kristiansand and drive to Haugesund. The sky
is gray. (2004-07-02 10:45 - Skoll)
0207 having a coffee break near Svartevatn.
(2004-07-02 13:13 - Janne)
0207 weather is cloudy, bit cold and you can
see snow here and there. We're about 1300m above
sealevel (2004-07-02 13:15 - Janne)
The first part of our journey today was a joy
to ride. We turned fron Nomeland (between Valle
and Helle) to an unnumbered road. (2004-07-02
13:23 - Skoll)
The suzuki is at home on the curves and the
plain and rough tundralike scenery with mountain
lakes here and there is beautyful. (2004-07-02
13:29 - Skoll)
15 km to Sanden (or something). Unbelieveble,
the sun is shining and there are blue patches
in the sky. (2004-07-02 15:07 - Skoll)
two medium pizzas and half liter cokes 259nok.
(2004-07-02 15:31 - Janne)
On ferry between Stavanger and Haugesund. The
sun is shining with almost no clouds to be seen.
(2004-07-02 17:13 - Skoll)
Riding the twisty mountainroads with the Suzuki
almost made me be grateful for not being able
to do this trip with my own bike. (2004-07-02
17:15 - Skoll)
Still, the acheing in my lower back and the
stiffness in my neck helps me keep my mind clear
and these heretic thoughts away. (2004-07-02
17:19 - Skoll)
Haugesund. TM: 28460. I had to make a emergency
brake and the Suzuki fell with my left ankle
under it. The bike is ok, but my ankle is swollen.
(2004-07-02 19:11 - Skoll)
Preparing for pub round in Haugesund, harbour
town in west Norway. (2004-07-02 20:09 - Janne)
Haugesund is the Porvoo of Norway. When asked
from the hotel reception if there's anything
to be seen here, the answer was silence and
a "what?" (2004-07-02 20:27 - Skoll)
Today we have been about 2000 m above the sea
level and 233 m below it. The tunnel after Stavanger
was 6 km long and went down 8 degrees. (2004-07-02
20:51 - Skoll)
In Norway you have bars where you need to be
member in and where you can smoke. Apparently
you can't smoke in regular bars in here. (2004-07-02
23:45 - Skoll)
we didn't find any real drinker in Haugesund.
the only rock bar was empty at 22:30! hopefully
bergen has better night life. (2004-07-02 23:53
Some 100 km from Haugesund on E134. Norway
is bikers dreamcountry. Even E roads don't have
two lanes and and they sure aren't straight.
(2004-07-03 12:45 - Skoll)
we just drove throgh 7.4km long tunnel. quite
a boring experience... (2004-07-03 12:45 - Janne)
Kinsarvik, waiting for ferry. At Jøsendal we
turned from E134 to 13. The road twiched along
sørfjord providing amazing views & an enjoyable
ride (2004-07-03 14:41 - Skoll)
Bergen. Turska haisee ja Black Metal soi. TM:
28760 km. Out of the 30 km we rode today, about
35 km was in tunnels. (2004-07-03 17:51 - Skoll)
In Bergen. We've booked a room for two nights
from a nice guesthouse in old Bergen. (2004-07-03
18:53 - Janne)
In Dr. Livingstone you have happy hour until
22.00 - beer is 29 kr (about 3,5¬e?) And upstairs
they have good food - or at least expencive.
(2004-07-03 20:31 - Skoll)
Bergen is apparently the capital city of True
Norwegian black metal.Still,there's no metal
bar to be found. Luckily we have some spanish
guides. (2004-07-04 01:05 - Skoll)
"I'm looking at the grave..." I don't remember
how it ends but fish and chips is ok. (2004-07-04
01:53 - Skoll)
Bergen - the hometown of Immortal, Enslaved
and Old Man's Child. After a hard night out
a breakfast of 300g steak and beer is all one
needs. (2004-07-04 14:29 - Skoll)
back at the guesthouse waiting for football
match to begin. Only beer is missing, because
you can't buy any... (2004-07-04 18:47 - Janne)
Ride to Trondheim - 05.07.04
Vaksdal, some 50 km from Bergen along E16.
So far we have rode through some 15 km of tunnels.
Soon we'll be turning to road 13. (2004-07-05
12:37 - Skoll)
Vangsnes. Waiting for ferry to Hella. The weather
is gray, but it hasn't rained yet today. We
are trying to be in Trondheim tomorrow. (2004-07-05
16:21 - Skoll)
Some 50 km to Skei on road 5. Just passed a
7 km tunnel - roadtoll per bike 65 kr. Now tightening
the chain of the Suzuki again. (2004-07-05 18:15
Byrkjelo. Buying some some food for the evening.
At Skej we took a wrong turn which cost us 30
km roundtrip. Next we'll turn to road 60. (2004-07-05
20:07 - Skoll)
Stryn. TM: 29160 km. We took a Cabin at a camping
area. This place even has a pub so we don't
need to drink the light beer we bought. (2004-07-05
21:41 - Skoll)
we took a few pints at local pub. they even
sold us a couple of carlsbergs to drink at the
cabin. about to burn a few pØlser (2004-07-05
23:29 - Janne)
Eidsdal, waiting for ferry for Valldal. Whe
have driven 100 km today which is probably some
40 km as the bird flies. (2004-07-06 13:49 -
What I previosly referred to as needle-eyes
are obviously called hairpins actually. Today
we have passed some 15 hairpins and more are
coming. (2004-07-06 14:07 - Skoll)
Trollstigen. Damn it's cold. There's snow everywhere.
When coming here take long underwear with you.
Apparently there are 18 hairpins waiting...
(2004-07-06 14:59 - Skoll)
Åfarneset. Waiting for ferry in the Sølsnes.
Thd parkinglot here was downhill and thd Suzuki
fell again breaking the left mirror. (2004-07-06
16:29 - Skoll)
Feelings today otherwise: cold, snow, wet,
thik fog, curvy mountainroad with visibility
20 m. Elsewhere rain whipping your face in 100km/h
speed (2004-07-06 16:31 - Skoll)
That again, think about a twisty road with
a cliff on one side and a wild stream rushing
on the other, a valley opening below you in
a distance. (2004-07-06 16:35 - Skoll)
trollstigen was quite a exiting experience
to drive through: lots of curves and steep cliffs
you don't want to fall to... (2004-07-06 16:39
About 160 km to Trondheim. A littlebit of food
and then the final sprint... (2004-07-06 18:21
møtørbæker är frysen og äter hvalbiff (2004-07-06
18:23 - Janne)
Trondheim. TM: 29590 km. 10 hours of driving,
but here we are. Riding today was hard but provided
also some spectacular scenery. (2004-07-06 22:23
Trondheim. Warm hotel shower felt good, better
than cold all-day-long shower from the sky.
Now we are staying here for two days. (2004-07-06
22:53 - Janne)
Damn they have good beer in Norway! (2004-07-06
23:15 - Skoll)
In 3B, the local "Heavy" place they finally
play some metal... lica. Apparently there's
another, heavier metal place somewhere here.
(2004-07-07 01:45 - Skoll)
Finally found the real heavy place... Well,
they don't play metal, but they sell beer. Ja
se on halpaa kuin makkara! (2004-07-07 03:37
Just for the record, the place is called Jesper.
(2004-07-07 03:41 - Skoll)
Just for the record, they didn't play any metal
in Jesper, but all the metalheadz were there!
(2004-07-07 04:19 - Skoll)
A breakfast of Odin's omelet and Odin's pasta.
And of course in Odin's hotel. (2004-07-07 14:25
We spent three hours looking for a new felt
mirror for the Suzuki. Three shops but none
could help us. (2004-07-07 18:05 - Skoll)
The method of our return to home is still unsure
as all the ferries are fully booked. It could
be that we'll have to drive via Tornio. (2004-07-07
18:29 - Skoll)
planning the trip back home at Jesper nattklubb.
It looks like we need to drive back home via
north, because all the ferries are booked up!
(2004-07-08 19:56 - Janne)
Sons of Northern Darkness - 08.07.04
North it is. We were too late with the ferry
reservation, so there's no option but to drive
home. We are planning to stay one Night in Oulu.
(2004-07-08 10:36 - Skoll)
Steinkjer. Some 120 km north from Trondheim
on E6. We have been driving for two hours and
it's been raining slightly all the time. (2004-07-08
12:44 - Skoll)
we progress slowly from Trondheim towards north.
Constant rain makes you to appreciate little
things like hot chocolate and long underwear.
(2004-07-08 12:52 - Janne)
eating biffsnadder at Hotel vertshuset in Grong.
Shoes are still soaking wet. (2004-07-08 18:56
It's still raining. Luckily now we are looking
for the rain indoors. After being hit by heavy
rain we decided to stop only 200 km from Trondheim
(2004-07-08 20:45 - Skoll)
Watcing TV, drinking beer and eating potato
chips. Unfortunately the only program in english
is a reality TV about cleaning. (2004-07-08
21:13 - Skoll)
There is still an alternative to driving all
the way - there's a ferry connection Umeå and
Vaasa. (2004-07-09 10:45 - Skoll)
Trofors. We have put already 150 km behind
us today. With some luck in 9 hours we'll be
in the ferry and home this night. (2004-07-09
13:39 - Skoll)
Sweden, Tärnaby. 355 km to Umoå. There are
dark clouds around us but here the sun is shining.
(2004-07-09 15:21 - Skoll)
eating at Hotell Lappland at Lyksele, abt 125km
from Umeå. Guess we make it home today. (2004-07-09
18:25 - Janne)
Umeå. Do you know what it feels like when raindrops
as big as fist hammer your face when you are
driving 120 km/h? (2004-07-09 21:21 - Skoll)
onboard the ferry to Vaasa, taking some beer.
We saw one "tuulipuku" already, it means we're
approaching Finland for sure... (2004-07-09
23:19 - Janne)
Vaasa. 416 km to home. We decided to dare the
night evethough there's no hope in getting there
in time to get one beer in Corner. (2004-07-10
01:57 - Skoll)
Parkano, 86km from Tampere, quite freezing,
but still going strong... (2004-07-10 03:53
Hämeenlinna, 100km to Helsinki, sun is shining.
At home soon. (2004-07-10 05:49 - Janne)
Nice warm and dry Helsinki. Todays nice trip
was 1070km long. feeling exhausted but happy.
(2004-07-10 06:52 - Janne)
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