Go Back   Horizons Unlimited - The HUBB > Ride Tales, Trip Reports and Stories > Ride Tales
Ride Tales Post your ride reports for a weekend ride or around the world. Please make the first words of the title WHERE the ride is. Please do NOT just post a link to your site. For a link, see Get a Link.
Photo by Michael Jordan, enjoying a meal at sunset, Zangskar Valley, India

I haven't been everywhere...
but it's on my list!


Photo by Michael Jordan
enjoying a meal at sunset,
Zangskar Valley, India



Like Tree7Likes

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 12 Aug 2015
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 68
Moving Around Europe - Rise of a Weekend Warrior

Out on the road with no fixed plan.Went to Nordkapp from Helsinki for a warm up ride,rains greeted me with open arms for couple of days.But that is how the start of this summer has been in Finland.

Till Oulu and beyond it was little bit boring to ride on the straight roads.But be ready to be surprised by the thick forests,beautiful lakes and lot of mosquitoes as you enter Lapland.Have to pitch tents in lightning speeds with all the gears ON.

There is this river which runs along Finland and Swden border which is ideal for fishing and other activities,it accompanies you all the way till Norway along the E8 highway and then disappears somewhere in the mountains. Heading to Nordkapp from Kilpisjarvi through Norway was a good idea,I had planned my return through Rovaniemi for quick a chit-chat and coffee with Santa.


Moving Around Europe - Rise of a Weekend Warrior-11267427_10153270287905376_4944642893958571112_n.jpg

Moving Around Europe - Rise of a Weekend Warrior-11218221_10153270290085376_2410169693596076376_n.jpg

Moving Around Europe - Rise of a Weekend Warrior-11174832_10153279135545376_8553445947919646052_n.jpg

Moving Around Europe - Rise of a Weekend Warrior-11707392_10153270288545376_4153373467290714528_n.jpg

Ride went pretty well except the weather became quite bad as i reached Nordkapp and there were lot of tourists around including me ofcourse

Moving Around Europe - Rise of a Weekend Warrior-18201_10153296901170376_5198035621549487444_n.jpg

Moving Around Europe - Rise of a Weekend Warrior-11143694_10153270294045376_2154604664276765597_n.jpg

Moving Around Europe - Rise of a Weekend Warrior-11204416_10153270291575376_3119599846268038330_n.jpg

Moving Around Europe - Rise of a Weekend Warrior-11224160_10153270304310376_866619030198303799_n.jpg

Moving Around Europe - Rise of a Weekend Warrior-11540930_10153270294155376_4445801442855272418_n.jpg

Cheers
Biru
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 12 Aug 2015
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 68
Some more from the Nordkapp side of the world

Moving Around Europe - Rise of a Weekend Warrior-11694801_10153270295495376_2556175039154557244_n.jpg

Moving Around Europe - Rise of a Weekend Warrior-11695010_10153270292415376_5631355301481657018_n.jpg

Moving Around Europe - Rise of a Weekend Warrior-11698480_10153270300490376_6109930773695342959_n.jpg

Moving Around Europe - Rise of a Weekend Warrior-11698630_10153267995030376_9129627263802805752_n.jpg

Returned back to Lapland as i was missing the giant mosquitoes a lot,had a brief stop at Rovaniemi and selfie with Santa and i was off to Oulu.

Moving Around Europe - Rise of a Weekend Warrior-11703103_10153270310930376_4681755376607045684_n.jpg

Moving Around Europe - Rise of a Weekend Warrior-11705277_10153270308060376_6204055589395802861_n.jpg

Moving Around Europe - Rise of a Weekend Warrior-108145654_g.jpg

To make things interesting on the way back to Helsinki i took some help from best biking roads site and it turned out to be pretty good.I was riding around some country roads with spectacular views.Not to forget lot of clean water lakes,lush green forests and the bad weather

Moving Around Europe - Rise of a Weekend Warrior-20150719_105926.jpg

Next weekend we move to Estonia in the next post

Cheers
Biru
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 12 Aug 2015
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 68
Tallin is two and a half hour by Viking Line or Silja line cruise,viking line being the cheapest AFAIK.The other option is to go thru the pain of getting a Russian visa and ride all the way by land and enter Estonia through Narva. Finished my work for Friday and took the 9 PM ferry to reach Tallin.Being bit late for the Friday night,all i could do is check-in in a hostel and grab some to make up for the lost party time

Over the weekend i moved to Narva-Tartu-Parnu-Kuressaare and back to Tallin.Weather played spoil sport at some sections but who cares.

Quick detour to Jagal Juga

Moving Around Europe - Rise of a Weekend Warrior-11234049_10153303515310376_2479222272269221423_n.jpg

Moving Around Europe - Rise of a Weekend Warrior-11248068_10153303515400376_5288429181635199682_n.jpg

Accidentally bumped into this war memorial ceremony,Follow the brown sign boards as they say.There was very tight security around and i was checked thoroughly before i could go inside and figure out what exactly is going ON.But,it was quite interesting to see,how people respect the freedom they have been awarded these martyr's who laid their life for better future.

Moving Around Europe - Rise of a Weekend Warrior-11745357_10153303515665376_3811659407407649629_n.jpg

Moving Around Europe - Rise of a Weekend Warrior-1003405_10153303515525376_3989461941434906411_n.jpg

Narva was pretty good,specially the fortification,its location and again a beautiful river acting as a border.While i took the tickets for visiting Narva fort,i was presented with this small coin by which i could buy anything in the local shops inside the fort complex.

Moving Around Europe - Rise of a Weekend Warrior-11760300_10153303515810376_6020362309520024627_n.jpg

Moving Around Europe - Rise of a Weekend Warrior-18306_10153303516515376_6561001511060742964_n.jpg

Moving Around Europe - Rise of a Weekend Warrior-11760338_10153303515735376_5273085646796347204_n.jpg

Moving Around Europe - Rise of a Weekend Warrior-11813358_10153303516085376_6309147819014743913_n.jpg

Reminds me of Pink Floyd - Division Bell - All time favorite.

Moving Around Europe - Rise of a Weekend Warrior-11169798_10153303516315376_4466521502860669198_n.jpg

Cheers
Biru
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 12 Aug 2015
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 68
I was surviving on Hot Dogs during the day and during the night,And this was the first time i noticed that there are two sorts of Hot Dogs.One American and another is French.French ones usually have the closed bread and sauces are filled inside it and american one comes with a open bread and we have a choice to fill in some more fillers.Well that was just an observation which i converted into my understanding.
Noticed lots of cops cars and bikes around the Tallin-Narva route.As i was in Tartru for the night i planned to go to the Tartu Cathedral in the morning.







Some countryside landscapes.





At last made it to Kuressaare.Frequest ferries are there to connect Virtsu and and Kuivastu.There was huge line of cars waiting to go other side at Virtsu,more than 1-2 Km i think.Same was the case on the other side at Kuivastu.Weekend is to be blamed i think,i didn't waited for the queue and went ahead as our sweet little motorbikes can be easily tucked in any tiny little corner without hassling with the car park spaces in the ferries.



I always wanted to visit Kuressaare,such a rich history it has.Starting from Danish rule,Swedish rule and then russians came along and then world war.You can see all the pieces of history very well presevered,explained and properly stored with all the details in Kuressaare castle.

This one made me think a lot,such a distraction it can become



Outside the castle











Returned back to Tallin with this last stop.Had to bang my head on the keyboard for the next few days,Until the weekend arrives.




Next post coming up for the weekend adventures in Latvia and Lithuania.

Cheers
Biru

Last edited by beruoist; 12 Aug 2015 at 17:57.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 12 Aug 2015
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 68
This weekend and following weekdays i am riding around Poland,Have gone through lots of thread in HUBB about Poland and i could figure out the coastal part around Gdansk is amazing place to be and not to miss the architectural heritage of Warsaw,Wroclaw and Krakow.If you see a fat bloke riding on a old CB500,don't forget to say 'Juley'

Cheers
Biru
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 12 Aug 2015
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: E Yorkshireman...in the Chum Phae area, Thailand
Posts: 1,295
Great read and photos...but I can not see the last posts photos, just getting a picture of a camera with 600 underneath it. Might just be my connection

Wayne
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 12 Aug 2015
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 68
Another week went by and i had the same Friday viking line cruise booked for overnight arrival in Tallin.Unlike last time i decided to ride ahead 100 Km or so and rest for the day.But,only a rider would understand how difficult it is stop once we are one with the bike and the road.

Good Morning Latvia


I crossed over the border and made my way to Turadia castle.I was too early here,like two hours before the castle gates open.How to kill the time,i tried to take a power nap while sitting on the bike.But failed miserably.

Finally the gates opened and i could go and pee in the restroom instead of fertilizing the wild plants out in the open.

I was told at the reception that this castle was abandoned after a fire in the medieval years.All the things i will see in pristine condition in the campus is restored/rebuilt.Best thing about Turadia was the main tower,where you can climb till the top and enjoy the spectacular landscapes of Gauja National park and Gauja river.







Another popular castle known as Cesis castle is in close proximity and should not be missed.I was bit lucky that when i reached at Cesis castle,there was some festival in progress.Lot of traditional activities were going on.I managed to mingle in with the gentleman who has these armors on display.We exchanged some knowledge of our histories and where the world is heading today.Meanwhile i tried some armors and it only made me feel like a midget..every armor was quite loose.








I found Latvian countryside landscapes quite beautiful and appealing







I had heard a lot about Liepaja and the beautiful coast this city has.But due to shortage of time,i had to return from Kuldiga.Kuldiga has this widest waterfall in entire Europe popularly known as Ventas Rumba



This old bridge has some history too,but i don't know much..so google has to solve the mystery here.



Spotted these beautiful dolls made of clothes next to the road leading to Kuldiga.It was in Sabile as far as i remember.Also found this gem lying around in the middle which tickled my motorcyclist fantasy to stop and lay my arse on the saddle.



I wasn't the only who was affectionate about this Ural



I came back to Riga and left my bike at the airport.Had to go back to Helsinki for the rest of the week to work and plan for the next weekend ofcourse
Approximate charge for parking for 4 days was around 15 Euros with a free pick up and drop facility.

Cheers
Biru
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 17 Aug 2015
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 68
In krakow now..its raining cats and dog.Skipped Northern Poland as i need a break from history and architecture.Heading to Slovakia's High Tatras and then further towards Transfagarasan.I could never pronounce it correctly while speaking,but i hope i did it right while writing

Cheers
Biru
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 31 Aug 2015
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 68
Came back to Riga on the following weekend.Air Baltic is my savior for jumping over on the weekends to these Baltic countries.Did you know there are 187,888 lakes in Finland larger than 500 square metres,Well here is a small trailer



Arrived in Riga,picked up my bike and went to the old town for quick tour.

Freedom Monument Riga



House of Blackheads



There was some music festival going-on in the city Centrel area.I decided to come back in the evening,have few rounds of and enjoy the serenity of this place.



House of Blackheads and St Peter's church Riga in the middle



Around Daugava river





Riga Cathedral,Beautiful Lutheran church dating from 13th century.



Random street art near St Peter's church.



I returned back to my hostel,left my bike and came back to the center as i promised myself to not skip the ,lovely music and lively crowd.

See you in Lithuania on my next post

Cheers
Biru
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 1 Sep 2015
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 68
Me and my partner were back on the road next morning to move towards Lithuania from Riga.To make things interesting we decided to pick a trail and visit Rundale Palace.





And we were here quite early.It was still more than one hour for the palace gates to open.From what i read through the internet,this palace is one of the two major baroque palaces built for the Dukes of Courland.I further read about baroque style and it's a artistic style that used exaggerated motion and clear, easily interpreted detail to produce drama, tension, exuberance, and grandeur in sculpture, painting, architecture, literature, dance, theater, and music.

Well,I don't know about all this...But I only got to see the palace from outside and i ran off to Lithuania







As you enter Lithuania,you cannot miss the Hill of crosses.Just few meters away from the main highway E77.

Hill of crosses holds around 200000 crosses of various sizes and the count is increasing day by day.People put these crosses to express their devotion for Christ.It is a symbol of entire nations unshakable faith it's past suffering and Hope.





Cheers
Biru
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 8 Sep 2015
stuxtttr's Avatar
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Lutterworth,Midlands, UK
Posts: 576
great trip report showing how you can see such a great deal in just a few weekends away
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 24 Sep 2015
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 68
I was scrolling through google maps for planning the route in Lithuania and on the coastal side between Klaipeda and Palanga i saw some WW2 ruins.I planned to go Palanga and then take this road which runs parallel to the coastline until Klaipeda.However i miserably failed to find what i saw in the Google maps,except lot of people sunbathing,popping up cans and having good time all along the coast line



From Klaipeda i moved towards Silute and planned to stay somewhere around there for the day.But couldn't find any shelter which could fit my budget.I started towards Kaunas which was safest bet for cheap accommodation.

Meanwhile on the way.

Panemune Castle





Raudone Castle







Running out of Sunlight



Reached around 11 PM in the night at the hostel and this "Backpackers Wall" made my day.



Just before entering my room,saw this Japnese guy punching and kicking walls in the hallway in the middle of night.I am like "WTF is this guy upto".Later on met this guy again when i was having Beer in the common area.Apparently he was backpacking around Europe and he was from Southern province in Japan.The most interesting thing was 'He hardly knew any English' and he was still travelling without any issues at all.I would give the credit to European countries and the people who make it quite easy for the travelers.

Cheers
Biru
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 24 Sep 2015
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 68
Next morning i jumped into my tourist pants and went around the old town area clicking pictures and eating ice cream.











Kaunas castle is mid-14th century castle built in Gothic style.Located next to the banks of the Neris River.






Cheers
Biru
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 28 Sep 2015
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 68
With a quick excursion in Kaunas centrum,I moved towards Vilnius.But before that i planned a quick visit to the very popular Trakai Linna.

The castle is situated on Lake Galve on the island. The castle represents mainly Gothic architecture and is flocked with lot of tourists like me in Summer time.Not to forget,it's a favorite spot for Lithuanian people as well.

Trakai Museum


Trakai Castle











There was a minor entry fees of 6 Euro for the castle and there was a music festival going on as well.Right inside the castle in the middle of it,I wonder if the sound waves might damage the weak ruins/areas of the walls.









Trakai Linna in its glorious days.



It started to drizzle a bit with lot of scary black clouds.I just sat next to the Lake Glave,grabbed a coffee and a local dish in trakai called as "Kibinai" and started munching my random thoughts.

We moved to Vilnius in the evening to wrap up another weekend and leave back to Helsinki through Air Baltic with a single Hop to Riga.Meanwhile in the hostel,met two Portuguese girls and another girl from Hungary.We got into some interesting conversation and they were going for party with few guys and asked me to join,But damn my bad luck i had early morning flight to Helsinki.Though i ended up having a or two with a guy from Mauritius.


Cheers
Biru
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 29 Sep 2015
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 68
Everyday of the weekday was quite difficult to live with.Its Friday morning and Yippee we are back on the air overlooking the beautiful highway and alluring forests of Finland.



Still had to work for the rest of Friday and in the evening i was off to roam around Centrum. My hostel was quite close to the Gates of dawn.







Vilnius Town Hall - grand and beautiful



Palace of Grand Dukes of Lithuania



A beautiful church from inside.



It was evening and this hill next to the Palace of Grand duke caught my attention.This was the Upper castle area and has a tower which is called as Gediminas Tower.





View of the town from Upper Castle.







Church St Anne





Stumbled upon this wall with the artworks mounted on it,The wall is a sort of memorial to many famous writers and poets.



There were other wonderful places to be visited in Vilnius,but i decided to return back to the hostel and rest for the day.

Cheers
Biru
Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 Registered Users and/or Members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Buying and storing a motorcycle in Europe wheatwhacker Trip Paperwork 21 18 Jun 2022 10:38
2015 - Heading east from Europe, add your itinerary / plans kim Travellers Seeking Travellers 190 5 Mar 2016 07:38
Where would you go in Europe mid-October for a 9 day trip? guytaylor Route Planning 10 25 Oct 2014 07:27
Info on Voice & Data SIM Cards for Europe (and Australia/USA) Addie Communications 0 30 Dec 2013 18:26
AltRider's Taste of Dakar Weekend, Feb 24-26 2012 AltRider Motorcycle Events around the world 0 26 Jan 2012 17:54

 
 

Announcements

Thinking about traveling? Not sure about the whole thing? Watch the HU Achievable Dream Video Trailers and then get ALL the information you need to get inspired and learn how to travel anywhere in the world!

Have YOU ever wondered who has ridden around the world? We did too - and now here's the list of Circumnavigators!
Check it out now
, and add your information if we didn't find you.

Next HU Eventscalendar

HU Event and other updates on the HUBB Forum "Traveller's Advisories" thread.
ALL Dates subject to change.

2024:

2025:

  • Queensland is back! May 2-4 2025!

Add yourself to the Updates List for each event!

Questions about an event? Ask here

HUBBUK: info

See all event details

 
World's most listened to Adventure Motorbike Show!
Check the RAW segments; Grant, your HU host is on every month!
Episodes below to listen to while you, err, pretend to do something or other...

2020 Edition of Chris Scott's Adventure Motorcycling Handbook.

2020 Edition of Chris Scott's Adventure Motorcycling Handbook.

"Ultimate global guide for red-blooded bikers planning overseas exploration. Covers choice & preparation of best bike, shipping overseas, baggage design, riding techniques, travel health, visas, documentation, safety and useful addresses." Recommended. (Grant)



Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance.

Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance™ combines into a single integrated program the best evacuation and rescue with the premier travel insurance coverages designed for adventurers.

Led by special operations veterans, Stanford Medicine affiliated physicians, paramedics and other travel experts, Ripcord is perfect for adventure seekers, climbers, skiers, sports enthusiasts, hunters, international travelers, humanitarian efforts, expeditions and more.

Ripcord travel protection is now available for ALL nationalities, and travel is covered on motorcycles of all sizes!


 

What others say about HU...

"This site is the BIBLE for international bike travelers." Greg, Australia

"Thank you! The web site, The travels, The insight, The inspiration, Everything, just thanks." Colin, UK

"My friend and I are planning a trip from Singapore to England... We found (the HU) site invaluable as an aid to planning and have based a lot of our purchases (bikes, riding gear, etc.) on what we have learned from this site." Phil, Australia

"I for one always had an adventurous spirit, but you and Susan lit the fire for my trip and I'll be forever grateful for what you two do to inspire others to just do it." Brent, USA

"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the (video) series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring!" Jennifer, Canada

"Your worldwide organisation and events are the Go To places to for all serious touring and aspiring touring bikers." Trevor, South Africa

"This is the answer to all my questions." Haydn, Australia

"Keep going the excellent work you are doing for Horizons Unlimited - I love it!" Thomas, Germany

Lots more comments here!



Five books by Graham Field!

Diaries of a compulsive traveller
by Graham Field
Book, eBook, Audiobook

"A compelling, honest, inspiring and entertaining writing style with a built-in feel-good factor" Get them NOW from the authors' website and Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Amazon.co.uk.



Back Road Map Books and Backroad GPS Maps for all of Canada - a must have!

New to Horizons Unlimited?

New to motorcycle travelling? New to the HU site? Confused? Too many options? It's really very simple - just 4 easy steps!

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80G/S.

Susan and Grant Johnson Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - help keep us going!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events all over the world with the help of volunteers; we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, or ask questions on the HUBB. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.




All times are GMT +1. The time now is 01:15.