33 results found for July, 2013

The Stockholm 107

The Stockholm 107

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On our last tour, we whimsically tackled a good old fashioned century in Hungary one day when the roads were flat. We hadn’t yet gone for a hundred mile ride on this trip, and with our riding days coming to a close, we decided we’d give it a try today. Unfortunately, Sweden is neither as […]

Gravel Roads and Rain

Gravel Roads and Rain

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A grey morning greeted us and we rolled out of camp with ambitious plans for a sixty something mile day. First though, we stopped, discovering that Ben was missing a screw on his front rack. This led to a bit of a tuneup session, tightening every screw on both of our rigs, laughing that the […]

On the Water

On the Water

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The hot sun once again propelled me out of the tent early, even though we had nowhere to go. Having finally landed at a small campground with plenty of shade, fast internet, and a lovely setting, we’re ready to stay put for a day to work and rest and enjoy nature the Swedish way: from […]

Curses

Curses

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Ben: I woke this morning wondering why the campground was now hosting a Native American music concert. I mean having live music all last night was one thing, but to have another performance at 7:00 am seemed like a little too much. Finally emerging from my semi-lucid state, Bree quieted me so that I could […]

Join the Club

Join the Club

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We wake up to a merciful bout of cloud cover and hit the road. Right out of the gate, the rollers hit us hard, up and down, up and down. Ever unphased, Ben is plowing right over them while I make a meager attempt to grind over every one only to coast down the other […]

Summer Camp

Summer Camp

Our tent turns into a sauna in the mornings, the morning sun warming us starting at four in the morning, until eventually it evicts us into the much cooler air outside. It took us abnormally long to clean up our wild camp, Ben declaring that we can no longer sleep with our sleeping bags zipped […]

One Last Night in Norway

One Last Night in Norway

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Ben: We packed up this morning knowing that the day might be a long one. After experiencing first hand all of the hills that surround Oslo and viewing the maze of streets on the map, we braced for the worst. We left our huge, overcrowded campground with a route that we had meticulously planned the […]

Vikings

Vikings

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We worked until nearly midnight last night, watching the last of the sun streak across the clouds, a brilliant fire spanning the horizon. Unfortunately, morning dawned too soon and I dragged myself out of the tent, trying to rally the energy for another day. Long term travel is so un-glamorous sometimes, and today, I’m feeling […]

Big Smelly Bus

Big Smelly Bus

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Ben: The morning light on the church this morning was too good to ignore.  Enjoy a few more shots of the Lom stave church!        Bree: With only a few weeks left to go on our trip, it is painfully clear that we’ll never end up in Helsinki on time without some help. […]

Civilization at Last

Civilization at Last

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Our wild camp sat at roughly 3,100 feet last night, our first night in Norway at any sort of serious altitude. We decisively decided not to stay at the peak so that we wouldn’t freeze, but I didn’t realize how cold it still might be in our canyon. The middle of the night temperatures dropped […]

Sognefjell Pass: Skjolden to Lom by Bicycle Part 2

Sognefjell Pass: Skjolden to Lom by Bicycle Part 2

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Another steep grind led us into a new, rocky green valley, where we we assumed we could see the top of our climb on the other side. We stopped there for a second round of lunch where we also had to acknowledge that we had a bit of a problem. Since it was unlikely we’d […]

Sognefjell Pass: Skjolden to Lom by Bicycle

Sognefjell Pass: Skjolden to Lom by Bicycle

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Ben: A little worried about the possibility of a cruise ship docking at our not-so-wild camp this morning, we set an alarm to wake up at a reasonable hour this morning. Beside – we need to get a normal sleep routine going since the 3-4 hours of darkness is kicking our butts. Luckily no ship […]