Category Archives: Scandinavia 2011

Day 1 of trip 2



Day 1 of trip 2, originally uploaded by Big Al!.

Typical hassles of motorcycle travel: ready to go to the ferry terminal and discover a flat battery. I suspect the bullet cam is draining power, or some part of my wiring for the gps isn’t playing nicely with BMW’s can-bus system. I’ve got time, and a battery charger, to deal with this, but will I be able to start the bike to get off the ferry tomorrow morning? Ah the joys of stress free motorcycle touring!

Harry Potter

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This is my Harry Potter scar. On August 1st, 2010, I went cycling and got hit by a car at 40mph. I suffered 4 skull fractures, a broken eye socket, broken nose, smashed teeth, ripped up knee, banged up ankles and a dislocated hip. My bike was destroyed. I was in a coma for a week, and the doctors thought I wouldn’t make it. But I did. I can’t remember anything about the accident, or any of last year after the accident. 3 weeks ago I had surgery on my eye to correct double vision caused by the accident. They took my left eye out, cut the muscles that control where it points, and put it back in. It seems to have worked, mostly, and so I can rid a bike again. A motorbike, that is. I tried cycling again, and even though I don’t remember the accident it was still very upsetting the first time a car came anywhere near. So I’ll stick to mountain biking, and motorcycling, which is much safer. Except, as long as the bike starts up in the morning, I’ll be at the Nurburgring tomorrow!

Route for Part 2 of Ride Round The World

I had been planning another epic trip through Africa and the Americas, but that’s all on hold after the accident. So, part 2 is now a relatively easy jaunt through Scandinavia and Eastern Europe on a new (ish) BMW F800 GS. First stop will be the Nurburgring, my old favourite. Then a meander up through Denmark and Sweden, into Norway and all the way to Nordkap, the northernmost point of mainland Europe. Back down through Finland, enjoying the lakes and forests and lack of population. A short ferry ride from Helsinki to Estonia, Latvia then Lithuania. Next, Poland, Ukraine, Moldova, Romania, Bulgaria and into Turkey. It might be hard to resist another visit to Istanbul which was one of the highlights of round the world part 1. And Then? Who knows? A lot depends on the situation in the middle east, which looks bad at the moment. Honestly, who do these people think they are? Expecting human rights and democratic freedom, it’s just not on….

Day 2 Sunshine at the ring

Day 2 Sunshine at the ring, originally uploaded by Big Al!.

After a long ride in cold weather, heavy rain, and heavy traffic, the sun has finally come out. Hope it’s the same tomorrow so I can do a couple of laps. Stiff and tired after the first real day of riding since finishing the original round the world trip 18 months ago. The good news is that the beemer, even fully loaded with luggage, can happily cruise along a good 20 or 30 mph faster than the xt, which helps when you’re on the autobahn surrounded by 120 mph audis.