Page 5 of 7 FirstFirst ... 34567 LastLast
Results 65 to 80 of 105

Thread: Reflections on Scratching the itch - Nordkapp 2013

  1. #65
    Subscriber Click here to find out how to Subscribe
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Chester, England
    Posts
    2,018
    Many thanks for taking the time to write and post your ride report. I really enjoyed it.

    My wife & I did the trip to Nordcap a couple of years ago (on a coach) and I was underwhelmed. But we loved the Lofoton Islands and the bit of inland Norway we saw. So I would be really interested in seeing your route as I would like to go back and re-visit the Lofotons and do the south of Norway.

    - so if you have any suggestions for a shortened version of your route, I would love to hear them.

    Enjoy your summer riding

  2. #66
    Subscriber Click here to find out how to Subscribe
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    Janitors office, St Helens University
    Posts
    2,793
    I've just finished reading this, thanks for taking the time to post it. It's inspired me to go, I've been put off going for several years because of the cost, but it's definitely back on the list.

  3. #67
    Subscriber Click here to find out how to Subscribe
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Dublin, Ireland
    Posts
    103
    Quote Originally Posted by walrus View Post
    June 17th - The history bit

    Good breakfast this morning and the best stolen lunch sandwich yet: ham, salami, cheese, beetroot and coleslaw. The view of the ski slopes was not pretty as I left town but look at the sky. And that is how it stayed all day.



    I was soon into the familiar ascent then out on to the fells, or fjells as we say here. You can just see the western edge of the Hardangervidda in the distance.


    There really is very little traffic on the roads. I saw three cars a lorry and three bikes in the first 60 miles this morning. I am avoiding main roads but it is such a beautifully empty country. It makes you realise how crowded our little island is.
    There was a lovely, twisty, long descent down a wooded valley following the river



    until I got to the shores of the lake I was looking for



    In particular, this bit



    because beneath this bit lies the wreck of the Hydro



    And that is important because it was vital piece of sabotage which helped incapacitate the German push to build an atom bomb before the Americans.



    It took some finding because it is not sign posted, but there is a memorial plaque on a lump of granite by the side of the road



    Then I had to backtrack to to find this



    Rjukan is the town from which the ferry left



    They are not in good condition but it looks like they are working on restoration of the two remaining railway ferries





    The wagons are a reminder that the saltpetre was a major product of the area



    Then I followed the line up the valley to the Vermork power plant which was the target of the SOE raids in 1942 and '43 because it was being used to produce heavy water, a vital component in the development of the atomic bomb. You can see from this photo taken further up the valley why it was so hard to attack



    the bridge crosses a steep gorge and is the only way in.



    It is a handsome building and now houses a museum including an exhibit on the raids





    And some fine windows



    the problem for me was that the parking was down by the bridge



    which was over a very steep gorge





    The one successful sabotage raid, which destroyed the stocks and stopped production for six months, got round the problem of the heavily guarded bridge by climbing down into the gorge and back up the other side in the dark in winter after hiking/skiing across the Hardangervidda. Then they escaped the same way. I just walked up the path from the bridge and I couldn't have fought anybody by the time I got to the top!

    Inside there is an exhibit on the various sabotage attempts. This is one of the only two barrels which have been recovered from the wreck of the Hydro.



    The exhibit was quite confusing because it tries to tell the story of the raids and the development of atomic weapons side by side. If you don't know the story I think you would be confused. There were some good artifacts





    and reproductions of documents though. Like this one reporting the outcome of the failed glider attack to Churchill



    And this one confirming the order to sink the Hydro even if there would be civilian repercussions.



    The turbines in the main hall are massive





    I was interested to learn that the commercial success of the plant, and why it was built, was achieved through using the electricity to extract nitrogen from air to make fertiliser. There was no real demand for electricity for in homes and factories. Tucked in a corner with no information was this little gem.





    No doubt somebody who knows about these things will tell us about it.

    There is a good memorial to the saboteurs outside the museum



    Then I pointed the bike west and headed for the coast until I found a campsite and that's where I am now. I am going to have to buy some food; I am down to my last Bombay Bad Boy and a tube of Tomato soup. It's lasted well though. Apart from included breakfasts and some supermarket supplies, I've not bought a meal in Norway. I am heading for Stavanger tomorrow. I've booked a hotel for two nights to give me a day in the city. That will be different. I want to see the cathedral and the old town. It's costing a fortune so it had better be worth it.
    What a terrific account, Walrus.
    You say it's your first trip report, but it sets a very high bar for the rest of us.
    A great trip!

  4. #68
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Houghton, Cambs.
    Posts
    670
    Cracking write up .... Brings back some great memories.

  5. #69
    Subscriber Click here to find out how to Subscribe
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Dorset
    Posts
    721
    Thank you everybody for the positive comments. I appreciate knowing I haven't wasted my time. As requested I have cobbled together my route as best I can remember it. I did follow my nose on a few occasions. My sat nav reckoned it to be a 5,337 mile round trip from home.


    The main route is in three parts - getting to the cape, from the cape to A in Lofoten and the route back from Bodo to Hirtshals. The fourth is a there and back again from Geilo over the Hardangervidda to Vorringfossen. They are Garmin gdb files. If you want gpx PM me and I'll email them to you. I'm hoping that I can attach these in such way as you can download them. If this doesn't work let me know.

    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/...20Nordkapp.gdb
    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/...%20Lofoten.gdb
    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/...%20Esbjerg.gdb
    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/...dda%20loop.gdb

  6. #70
    Subscriber Click here to find out how to Subscribe
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Croatia
    Posts
    3,571
    Smashing..

  7. #71
    Subscriber Click here to find out how to Subscribe
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Dorset
    Posts
    721
    I should have said that you should check that the roads are open and the ferries are running if you go outside of the summer season!

  8. #72
    Subscriber Click here to find out how to Subscribe
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    scotland
    Posts
    4,444
    Thanks for that Walrus
    Very good write up i enjoyed a lot
    still no deid

  9. #73
    Moderator
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Cheshire
    Posts
    10,214
    Ive just read this through from start to finish - what a great write up - thanks for taking the time to put it all together.

    Seeing your pictures and reading your eloquent descriptions of the places and things you saw brings back some good memories. Me and my other half drove from Bergen to Narvik to spend a week diving the WW2 wrecks in the area (of which there are lots!) - what a shame they stopped the Newcastle - Bergen ferry.

    On the trip up and down Norway, we saw many of the sights and drove many of the same roads as you and I remember experiencing many of the same things that you describe - the jaw dropping views as you round a corner, the gorgeous Lofotens (our favourite place on the trip), the very friendly people, the mozzies(!) and the eye watering costs.

    You've made me want to go back on the bike

  10. #74
    Subscriber Click here to find out how to Subscribe
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Costa del Cambs.
    Posts
    2,050
    Nice one Walrus
    (can't be your real name, surely )

    As with many avid readers I've just gone through your RR in one sitting.
    Very many thanks for such a comprehensive and informative-yet entertaining report.
    And like some others, your content blogging this trip has reinforced an 'itch' that will need scratching in the near future. Cheers

    -Andy
    ..............................................
    sent from my iPoo using TapaTwat

  11. #75
    Subscriber Click here to find out how to Subscribe
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Dorset
    Posts
    721
    Quote Originally Posted by MScotts View Post
    Nice one Walrus
    (can't be your real name, surely )
    Some years ago now, when the moustache was a bit bushier, my children and their friends christened me the walrus on account of the 'tache and my svelte physique in a wet suit. I thought it was harsh but it kind of stuck.

    Bugger Pietersen is out!

    Thank you all for the kind comments. It makes me want to go back too!

    John

  12. #76
    New Member (less than 15 Posts)
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Hp8
    Posts
    11
    Hi Walrus
    Congratulations on such a great write up.
    I am ashamed to say that, having done this trip a month ago, I did not write anything to share on here (whilst the forum is such a great resource)
    I know now that this should be part of the planning and trip otherwise it doesn't get done.

    My trip was not even a month ago but I so much enjoyed reading yours - it already brought back memories
    Congrats
    Koen

  13. #77
    Subscriber Click here to find out how to Subscribe
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Dorset
    Posts
    721
    Thank you Koen. I have got into the habit of writing a daily private blog just for family and friends each evening as I go. It doesn't take long and keeps me in touch with home. I tend to review the day's photos anyway. That made doing the report a lot easier. It's the only ride report I have gone public with. I am thinking of digging out last year's Morocco blog and writing that up.

    J

  14. #78
    Subscriber Click here to find out how to Subscribe
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Wotton under edge
    Posts
    849
    Excellent write-up thanks John




    BTW I think your picture:



    is a tinned version of the salt-beef and potato stew that was a staple of many north European seafaring peoples and is still popular in some parts (including Merseyside ), with brown gravy.

    Grrrizzly

  15. #79
    Subscriber Click here to find out how to Subscribe
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Dorset
    Posts
    721
    Thanks for that Grizzly. It prompted a bit of googling. I didn't realise I was eating history!

  16. #80
    Fantastic RR Walrus thanks for taking the time to share it
    0 te 60 in as long as it takes

Page 5 of 7 FirstFirst ... 34567 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Anyone attending a Ride Out or Event organised through the UKGSer Forums does so at their own risk.
UKGSer.com or anyone organising an event posted here will not be held responsible in any way for damage or personal injury sustained while attending any such events.

Members attending any such event do so at their own risk.

The text, images, graphics, sound files, animation files, video files, and their arrangement on this Website are all subject to copyright and other intellectual property protection. These objects may not be copied for commercial use or distribution, nor may these objects be modified or reposted to other sites without prior written permission.

Disclaimer: Use or depiction of the BMW logo or trademark throughout this web site is for illustrative and editorial purposes only, and to the benefit of the trademark owner, with no intention of infringement of the trademark.

The UKGSer Forums may include adult content for which it cannot be held responsible. Your use of this website constitutes acceptance of the UKGSER network privacy policy

"Its about being a grown up hooligan - and if that means a dark visor, remus open pipe and a bit of speeding out of town then all well and good"