Borders I’ve never seen one but I have heard they exist in the minds of some people.
This quote from Thor Hyerdadahls captures a vision of adventure and cultural interaction.
To see see the Kon Tiki to know the strength of that quest bought tears to my eyes.
Fram, Kon Tiki and Rah form part of the maritime history at Bigdoy in Oslo.
Thor Hyerdadahl and polar Explorer Rould Amundsen were adventures after the highest order.
The ship Fram a wooden ship designed by the great Colin Archer that still holds the record the furthest north and south of any ship.
These are names that have fed my love of maritime adventure.
For as it is said about the Norwegian sailor.
If there is a boat that floats he will be the first one there.
The Norwegian prowess at sea has existed for centuries. The Vikings emblamatic of their skill and exploration.
As these Viking burial ships show.
A day at the Norwegian maritime museums is a wonderful insight into a rich maritime history.
My taste of Norway took me north past Trondheim and its fjord.
And to the very steep fjords on the west coast
And its glacier covered mountains
But a summer full of rain in the high northern latitudes was too much for this bloke from the driest continent on the planet.
So it was a taste of Norway till maybe another time.
It was just six months ago that I placed an advertisement on the Moto Guzzi Club of Great Britain asking if people would help me buy a Moto Guzzi in the UK to tour the UK and Europe.
Six months later I’m sitting at my campsite at Kunzelsau in southern Germany half way through my tour to Europe.
I pinch myself again.
My last post summarised the tour of the northern mainland of Great Britain.
The European part of the journey started with catching the ferry from Newcastle to Amsterdam.
Then to the new TLM premises in Nijmegen, the Netherlands to get a couple of issues I had with the bike sorted out
A quick dash across the German border heading north
To Hirtshals, at the top of the Jutland Peninsula in Denmark a ferry and fishing village and a crossroads for bike travellers
A ferry port for those going to northern Scandinavia
For me I was seeking a taste of Norway
I say a taste because Norway may be revisited. I think Scotland and Norway in one trip was too much high northern latitudes weather for a fellow from the driest of continents.
A dash to Rodby, Denmark thought torrential rain to catch the ferry to Germany
Where it’s warmer and drier.
Yes sometimes I pinch myself to check it’s not a dream.
I’m halfway through this tour and the Alps only 300km south.