The alarm goes off at 06:00 so that we can be ready to hit the road by 09:00 for the 2 hour drive to Frankfurt to catch our 15:30 flight. Yes, we are very early! We quickly wake up and have our morning coffee before we each jump in the shower. After our showers, we load the van and say “Tschüss” (see ya later) to our family and off we go. Actually, we are on the road
A little worried, that someone might go for an early morning walk by the historic site, we decide to set the alarm, so we would get up early. It works, shortly after sunrise, we quickly pack up our bivouacking site and push our bikes along the "Vilsek Bride" to the picnic table. where we make coffee. It also gives us a good opportunity to take our time to wake up slowly .
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="800"] We are not camping...we are bivouacking![/caption]
While sipping on our coffee and munching on cookies, we check out the map posted near the picnic table. Apparently, there are about 400 more prehistoric sites in this region: hunebeds, dolmen, mausoleums, stone formations...some have intriguing names such as "Table of Sacrifices", "Devil stones", "Keystones" ... apparently, the "Visbeck Groom" is located about a 4 km ride through the
After catching up on some much needed sleep, we decide to stay a couple extra days in the area. The campground is priced reasonable and since it is Sunday, all the stores in town are closed so we would have been unable to get supplies anyway. Luckily, we still have some basic food stables in our panniers and the campground store has fresh bread, lunch-meat and beer. There is even a small snack-bar near the pool where affordable Curry-wurst and Schnitzel are sold...
We feel like we are in Schlaraffenland.
We take long showers with plenty of hot water, eat fresh bread with "Zwiebelwurst", lounge
It is not that we do not like Norway or Finland. The scenery is beautiful and people are nice. Not to mention we still have almost 24 hours of daylight and can do whatever we want whenever we want. However, the prices are killing our budget and the crazy amount of relentless, aggressive mosquitoes
Back in Finland, we stop at the first gas station with an attached grocery store we encounter and treat ourselves to a pastry, hot chocolate, and a chocolate snack. Although, the prices are still steep, we feel like we got a bargain on the few items. I guess everything is relative!
Again, we are faced with more headwind and the scenery of the day consists of more rolling hills covered in trees. Occasionally, we spot another reindeer, but they seem to become less in
The campground in Alta has a great kitchen and seating area, a place to wash clothes, warm showers, and free internet. The tent space however is plain sucky. After wild-camping for so long, we absolutely loathe having to camp cramped up next to other tents.
We still can't believe we've made it. We have traveled through parts of the US and Morocco, we rode from Southern Spain and found our way all the way to Scotland. We have made it over the Alps in the winter and rode to southern Greece and back to the most northern point in Europe--Nordkapp--on bicycles!!
Although, our route through Europe resembles more of a zig-zag figure eight, we feel somehow accomplished. At the same time we feel like we have reached the end of a great adventure. We had to change our route several times due to different reasons, such as bad weather or a conflict in the Ukraine; yet, we have managed to ride our bikes in 23 countries so far and feel very fortunate and blessed about it. We have seen many great places and met lots of wonderful people, who have made our journey special and unforgettable.
After only a few hours of sleep, we wake up to the sun beaming on the tent. The sky is clear blue again, even in the direction of the water it looks clear. We hurry up eat breakfast, pack the camera, our rain jackets, snacks, a bottle of water, our water pump/filter and the 6-liter
For the last few days, I've had a really hard time figuring out what time it is... because no matter what time it is, the sun is up!
It is already making its way across the horizon early in the morning when I first open my eyes, it follows us all day while riding our bikes, it shines when I get hungry and when I get tired, it even still puts a spotlight on me when I sneak out of the tent to go pee in the middle of the night. Even since before we have ever entered the Arctic Circle in Finland, we caught ourselves riding until close to midnight without a worry in the world: we do not have to worry to find a camp spot before it gets dark and we do not have to worry about breaking up camp before
We are slowly snaking our way along the Porsangerfjord toward Nordkapp. Navigating around this area is pretty relaxing and easy, since there really is only one road leading up to Nordkapp. However, the road is following the coast along every curve of every small, little bay, which sometimes means we can see the road across the water for many miles ahead;