Saturday, 26 September 2009
Thursday, 24 September 2009
At last Bike No.4 (King of Infinite Space) the Hamlet Tracker bike is finished and I am very pleased - its the fastest custom I have ridden and the rubber mounted Harley Twin Cam is a superb engine. It will no doubt need a bit of adjusting but its there and now I need to get on with Bike No.5.
Friday, 11 September 2009
Tuesday, 8 September 2009
of them. After a well needed nights sleep in Karlskrona I set out at
8:30 to ride the Coastal route 9 to Malmo and then over the bridge to
The sun shone all the way and the scenery was fantastic,after the
bridge is a 7km to test the right exhaust note.
Copenhagen is one of my favourite cities and I am looking fowards to
seeing my old friend Preben for some serious drinks.
Tomorrow is the last day as I get the overnight ferry home.
Monday, 7 September 2009
around 6:30 am and decided to crack on with my journey south.
Seeing Stockholm again made me realise that I was really back in
western Europe and that Finland is still playing catch up.
I stopped at a really nice town called Norkkping or something like
that and found a great Harley dealer who fixed my missing bolt so my
saddlebag would not come off.
Today es the longest part of the trip with over 500km to Karlskrona -
luckily the weather held out and I arrived about 3:00 at the town.
It's the former base of the Swedish navy and I had a look around the
excellent maritime museum.
A quiet night is in order tonight ready for a big one with Preben
tomorrow in Copenhagen.
Sunday, 6 September 2009
beer to kill a couple of hours before I get on the overnight ferry to
I have had a good time in Finland although I have only really seen the
very south. Earlier today we rode out to the Porkkala archipelago
which a real wilderness that used to be occupied ny the "hated"
Russians as a base after WWII, and now is swarming with gross
burrowing flies which also came from hated Russia - still a stunning
and different place.
After this I saidmy goodbyes to Kristian and Helena who have been
Now for the ferry.
Saturday, 5 September 2009
ride of about 200 miles from the lakes down to the coast.
Great weather all day some superb sites. Not sure what is happenning
tomorrow but I have to be in Turku at 7pm to get the overnight ferry
had a proper Finnish sauna last night at 80 degrees C followed by a
swim in the icy lake - and I did that twice.
However I suspect the empty beer wine and whisky bottles probably won
Today the weather is great. And it's so quiet until we fire up the
bikes - it's about 200 km to the coast and a nice scenic ride.
Can't wait to go.
Friday, 4 September 2009
Thursday, 3 September 2009
has not arrived and no one knows where it is!
So I am stuck in the dealer waiting - looks like I might have to get a
taxi to my hotel and come back tomorrow. Well it appears that my bike is still in Stockholm - despite the fact it was supposed to be here yesterday. The ferry gets in at 10:00 it then has to be unloaded and delivered to the HD Dealer - they say 11:00 but my guess is nearer 13:00 - the shipper has promised recompense (Ihope he understands what that means).
So anyway after my 50 Euro Easyjet flight to Helsinki, followed by a 45 Euro Taxi ride to the dealer, I have now spent a further 2 Euro's on a Metro ride to the city centre where i have checked into the very agreeable Hotel Glo (rated #1 by Tripadvisor) - i have done a bit of shopping to gte stuff that is stranded on my bike like an iphone charger -and i am now ready to have a few drinks - but there is a model shoot in he bar, which needs to quieten down first.
Still tomorrow is a new day, i am meeting Helena and Kristian at the HD dealer and hopefully we can set off for their lake house about 12:00 or whenever the bike gets here.
its 2 hours ahead here so its now 5:30 ....over and out.