Parting Shots

This is not a set of some Negative parting shots, after all analog photography has been replaced by digital photography. My wanderings are coming to a close. It’s time, after 6 weeks, to head home to NZ.

Here is a selection of some of my favourite moments.

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This was the start of cycling up to Norway, well, it’s more picturesque than Waterloo Station.

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Arrival in Denmark, and the weather was actually nice.

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Food cooked on the road, somehow always tastes wonderful.

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The wonderful paths I cycled in Scandinavia.

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This wonderful “sword” at Snartemo in Norway.

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The fantastic fjords in Norway.

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The joy of cycling along the beach for miles

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Okay, so it rained slot.

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London’s markets and their wonderful displays. And finally, the same place at Tower bridge, just missing the bike, (now packed) taken over 2,000 kilometres and five weeks later.

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And finally

“No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.” — Lin Yutang

Advice from the road

A word of advice, when traveling by oneself, on a bicycle, far from home, feeling tired and with inclement weather…… Do NOT listen to country music.

If the weather is dry, whatever you need is within easy reach at the top of your pannier bags. If it is raining, it will be at the bottom of the third bag you dig thru.

When someone, who drives a car, tells you “it’s only 10 kilometers” add an extra 15 kilometers.

The weather forecast is always wrong – except when it says it will rain.

There is a often misquoted cycling saying. “For every uphill there is a downhill”. The real saying is “Every uphill is an uphill”.

Another saying “it’s always darkest before dawn” does not apply in Norway during the summer months.

In Denmark, “hill” means you go over a bump in the road. In Norway it means you will climb 500 metres with 6 hairpins over the next kilometer and then you will reach the mountain.

In Norway, a breeze is, a breeze. In Denmark it is a force 10 headwind..

You will pass at least a dozen really nice places to camp during the morning, but none in the afternoon.