September 03, 2008 GMT
Hull to St Petersburg

We finally left on Sunday the 17th August 2008.
Nick is riding a 1985 R80 GS BMW, I am riding a 1995 R100R BMW Mystic.
The ride to Hull for the overnight ferry was uneventful, which was just as well as we almost missed the ferry. They closed the doors as we were tying the bikes down!

Rotterdam the next day was damp and showery, but we had an appointment to keep with Cor Dees at the Laverda Museum, Lisse. This is a must for any laverda fan, it covers all Laverda Models including some smaller machines which were raced in the classic road races of the 1950's. There are also great old photographs of the racers involved.
Our route then took us over the Afsluitdijk, this is a road along the top of the dam splitting the Zuider Zee, and onto a campsite near Groningen.

Tuesday the 19th of September took us into Germany to a choice of campsites near Scharbeutz, close to the beach. We set up camp and returned to Lubeck for an evening stroll and a beer. The discussion over the beer was interesting as we realised we had bought padlocks and chains, but the approriate keys were back at home. OOPS

Next morning we decided the best option was to remove the locked padlocks and buy some more. The look on Nick's face as I broke the locks off using our tyre levers was a picture!!
This was a day of bridges:-
A small one onto a small island for the ferry crossing to Denmark.
Then a long one in Denmark, The Sydmotorvejen.
Finally the most spectacular of the day, the magnificient Malmo Bridge.
Once in sweden we had diffuculty finding a campsite, they all appear to close around 5 or 6 P.M. Riding through a small town we found a group of local bikers enjoying Frites and Mayo who took us to a B&B. Thanks to Marcus, Matheaus and Emma!!

Thursday, Horby to Kalmar, we took the coast road as it looked more interesting on the map. The road was good and lined with thick pine forests I spent most of the day peering into the trees trying to see an Elk as there were many signs 'advertising' their presence, but no luck!
We rode to a beautiful campsite at Timmemabben on the beach, the best so far. We were the only campers, everyone else were in caravans. They were all concerned that we would not be warm enough in our little tent!

A very early start on Friday, as we have an overnight ferry booked from Stockholm to Tallinn. I found it very difficult as I wanted to spend more time relaxing. It feels as though all we are doing is hurrying through these interesting countries and I want to STOP AND LOOK!!!
One of the longest riding days so far with a few showers, until we get into the outskirts of Stockhlom when the heavens open!! There are very few signs to the ferry terminal in Stockholm and the traffic is heavy, what an experience!
Nick always rides with an open face helmet and finds the huge rain drops painful. He is tring to convert me to open face helmets, today I'm glad of my full face Arai!
We catch the ferry in plenty of time and have a lovely hot shower. A good meal and out onto the deck to watch the Islands drift by in the evening twilight.

Posted by Nick Statham at September 03, 2008 10:20 AM GMT
 
 

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