Around mid-July I set out on what would turn out to become the best Motorcycle adventure ever. And, the longest! Alone, like last year.
One friend is a candidate for joining in on such adventures but it did not work out with his schedule.
Some Adventure Statistics
- Travel time: 15 days and some hours during which time I
- rode through 12 Countries, and
- more villages than I’d ever be able to name
- Did 6273 kilometers or 3898 miles of which
- a greater part on smaller roads, some freeways on transport legs
- Encountered a few heavy, but limited showers (unlike last year)
- met or ran into a lot of interesting people, in all countries and
- feel richer, in life, in experiences, and sights seen
A motorcycle adventure isn’t for everyone
Indeed no, but still for the many. Also those who have not yet tried, but perhaps dream about it. Some doesn’t tire or become exhausted by all the riding. Some do but what you ride matters a whole lot. How you ride, matters equally.
In that respect I was better equipped than before. Stress and you will be stressed. Relax and you will remain relaxed. Still, I wasn’t entirely certain the new bike bought this year would be the right one, for me that is, and a project like this.
Turned out… it was. Times two.. or even three.
To tell you the truth, beyond the first, and half of the second leg, I had no plan. Why should I have a plan? The one thing about motorcycle holiday, that makes it apart from most other forms, is the freedom. The freedom to adapt, to change direction, to improvise.
Still, I did have some goals with this expedition;
- Visit a friend and master musician in Southern Sweden
- Possibly take a ferry across and ride the eastern part of Germany and
- over into and down south through Poland to
- Zakopane and from there over the Tatra mountains to Slovakia
- Carry on via Austria, over the Eastern Alps
- Ride mountain passes in the Dolomites plus some Austrian passes
- If time and feeling like it, carry on westwards to France and the French Alps
But before that – Sweden
Last year I took E6 (Europe road 6) all through the country. This is pretty boring, one gets to see little or nothing. So this year the gig was, take it easy, take the “smallways”. See and experience more of “grannelandet” (Swedish for a neighboring country).
Our countries are connected with lots of roads in the “smallways spectrum”. Some in fact so small you hardly notice that you’ve crossed the border. This year I took one of the smaller, not the most exciting in the beginning but once over the border I started to zig-zag.
Good weather, great adventure start!
It always helps, starting off on an adventure in sun and decent summer weather. Makes for more enchantments, and more pleasant riding, especially on backroads. While heading south I ventured through greater parts of the Swedish countryside and areas never seen before. Much thanks to the good weather it was indeed a great experience.
Sweden has approximately double the population of Norway. People live pretty widespread, even if, like everywhere else, a lot live in cities. As a consequence, Swedish countryside is a lot less deserted than you might expect. Especially in the southern regions which is excellent farmlands.
When you take time – it flies
Having so much fun on Swedish backroads I spend the greater part of the day. Later in the afternoon I was forced back on bigger roads. But keeping the pace reasonably down and avoid stress still made it an enjoyable ride all the way.
Early evening I met my Swedish friend in the charming little southern city of Landskrona. Parked the bike in my friend’s garden and with that day 1 of the adventure came to a pleasant close 🙂