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Stockholm to Kolbu

I covered about 700 km riding my motorcycle from Stockholm to a farm near Kolbu in Oppland, Norway, where I will be volunteering for a month.

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Saturday was uneventful, I rode in the rain for 4 to 5 hours and got completely soaked. I barely took any photos to avoid getting the camera wet.

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After trying couchsurfing for the first time in Karlstad (which was a great expereince, just like sleeping over with a friend), I continued on Swedish gravel roads. Had some issues with my GPS having wet contacts and acting up, as well as a strangely loose chain on my bike, but both were easily fixed.

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Some obligatory stops at abandoned objects.

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The views got better the closer I got to Norway, and despite threatening clouds there was only light drizzle.

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I took a shortcut and skipped some gravel going over the border, but turned around and went for the dirt road anyway, imagining the border crossing on this road would be a carved runestone in the forest. It didn’t turn out like that…

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People told me Norway would be great, but I didn’t really realize how much more beautiful it would be than Sweden until I got there.

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There was a bit less choice in terms of gravel roads, but I took the last stretch on a great little road through Totenaasen park. My GPS suggested it was totally off-limits, but save for the toll to get into the park it was much shorter than its suggested road.

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Reaching into Oppland was a pleasant surprise. The perfect rolling hills and farmland dotted with small roads and houses was excellent for the last 20 minutes of riding.

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My bike was extremely dirty from all the rain and dirt roads so I spent quite a bit of time cleaning and unpacking once I got there.

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I then spent quite some time talking to Nils, the only guy here until others arrive from tomorrow onwards, watching the sunset.

The farm itself is really interesting, I’ll dedicate a post to that later, it’s getting late after battling computer problems and slow internet

4 replies
  1. Petmans
    Petmans says:

    OMG pet, echt mege goed!! I love the pictures 🙂 En goed dat je direct ook al aan het bonden was met nieuwe vriendjes op de boerderij 😀 Yeay! Good luck met de modder van je bike te kuisen… Rather you than me! ^^

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