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2015 UKBEG Buell Nordkapp Challenge: 27th June to 12th July.
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Author:  richie [ Mon Jun 29, 2015 9:10 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: 2015 UKBEG Buell Nordkapp Challenge: 27th June to 12th J

Go Go Go Guy's :yup: :sun:

Author:  CJ [ Tue Jun 30, 2015 8:23 pm ]
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Another beautiful day in beautiful Sweden. We're now in Umea, on the north east coast.

Forests, lakes, coastline, wild flowers in bloom everywhere, rolling countryside, mountains, great roads and spectacular bridges, all this on today's route. What a way to celebrate Jane's birthday :P...

We covered 360 miles today, the total is now 1458. Tomorrow we cross the Arctic Circle and travel up into Lapland. The bikes have only needed an engine oil top up so far and we still haven't unpacked the waterproofs.

We've seen lots of classic American cars on the road, including this 1956 Cadillac. The owner bought it in Florida and had it specially shipped over. Apparently the Swedes are big collectors of 1950's and 1960's American vehicles and bring them out in force during summer.

Author:  kevmean [ Tue Jun 30, 2015 8:32 pm ]
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8-) 8-) 8-) 8-) :yup:

Author:  Jill Brown [ Tue Jun 30, 2015 9:51 pm ]
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Just perfect. Happy birthday Jane. X Enjoy your day and success on your onward journey. Xx

Author:  CJ [ Tue Jun 30, 2015 10:31 pm ]
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Thanks, Jill. When asked if she wanted anything special to celebrate the day, Jane replied that she just wanted to ride her Guzzi, Barney. The pair of them seemed to enjoy themselves.

To make the day even more memorable I bought Jane a cheese and tomato toasty at lunch :D...

Author:  Jill Brown [ Tue Jun 30, 2015 10:45 pm ]
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Oh CJ you excelled yourself. Jane had a whole toasty to herself??? Magnanimous gesture from you on her birthday... ;) :4roz:

Author:  Adam [ Tue Jun 30, 2015 10:55 pm ]
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Happy birthday Jane :yup: :4roz:

Author:  Jill Brown [ Tue Jun 30, 2015 10:56 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: 2015 UKBEG Buell Nordkapp Challenge: 27th June to 12th J

Happy birthday Jane. Have a great day. Xx

Author:  CJ [ Wed Jul 01, 2015 8:32 pm ]
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We've covered 392 miles today and the total is now 1850.

We're still enjoying good dry weather and entered Finland early this afternoon. We've crossed the Arctic Circle and we're now staying the night in a beautiful log cabin in the middle of nowhere, in Lapland. During the last 30 miles or so we've started to see Reindeer on the roads so we're riding with even greater caution. In fact there are Reindeer in the forest around our cabin and we've seen three since we arrived.

I'm having trouble downloading pictures tonight, which is a shame because there's some good ones from today's travels. Hopefully I'll be able to post them later or tomorrow.

Author:  CJ [ Thu Jul 02, 2015 8:34 pm ]
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Pictures from yesterday, crossing the Arctic Circle in Finland and our accommodation in Lapland:

Author:  CJ [ Thu Jul 02, 2015 9:14 pm ]
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Easy peesy today, just 236 miles. This allowed time for more leisurely stops and to soak up some sun. The total is now 2086 miles. We can't believe how lucky we've been with weather, we're sure to see some rain eventually but the local forecast for the next few days is still pretty good.

We crossed into Norway at lunchtime after a great ride across Lapland, it's a real wilderness with hardly any traffic. It isn't the sort of place to breakdown or run out of petrol, so we didn't :D......

We're now staying two nights near Alta on the northern coast of Norway. Tomorrow is a day off so it'll give us chance to clean some of the dust and bugs off the bikes. They've only needed a second engine oil top up so far.

A few pictures from today's ride:

Author:  Adam [ Thu Jul 02, 2015 9:34 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: 2015 UKBEG Buell Nordkapp Challenge: 27th June to 12th J

:sun: :worthy: Wow :!:

Author:  JinX [ Thu Jul 02, 2015 9:47 pm ]
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Having a great time, eh? Lapland is so beautiful. Mostly few mile straights, then a small turn and another straight, but the views and nature are brilliant. And the silence.

How do you like the midnight sun? I saw in a newspaper that the sun goes down in Utsjoki next time on the 28th. :D

Too bad we won't be meeting next Wednesday, but I'm sure you'll enjoy your stay here up north.

Author:  CJ [ Fri Jul 03, 2015 10:10 am ]
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Timo, we're having a great time on this Nordic adventure :P ......

We're visiting areas that we've never been to before and we loved Lapland. Your roads in northern Finland aren't quite as smooth as the ones in Sweden but generally they're in pretty good condition. We're looking forwards to our return trip south through Lapland on a different road. Everyone we've met has been very friendly, helpful and interested in where we are going and why we are doing it. Twenty four hour daylight does take some getting used to but we've been so tired at the end of each day that falling asleep hasn't been a problem. We've never slept so well!

Jane's day off and Barney's bath time :D ....

Author:  CJ [ Sat Jul 04, 2015 7:03 am ]
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Big day today :dance: .....

Both our bikes have been cleaned and checked over so we're good to ride the last 150 miles to the Nordkapp. We aim to spend most of the afternoon there, tonight's accommodation in Honningsvag is only 20 miles from the Nordkapp visitor centre.

It's very fitting that today would have been Em's 38th birthday had not Cystic Fibrosis so cruelly taken her in April 2004, aged just 26.

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