Last Tuesday, I took the bus to the south coast to get my motorbike out of, uh, winter storage. Yeah, I know it's high summer, but I've been busy! Normally the ride back to Oslo is 3-4 hours, but I decided to take some detours, and here are some photos from the trip.
The route was roughly like this, about 1000km (click to see it on MapQuest).
Started out from Arendal (green marker) in Wednesday in beautiful weather.
Straight out of 9 month hibernation, just an oil change and a hose-down, and the trusty steed was as happy as ever!
Enjoying the quiet roads in the forests of south-western Norway.
After a few hours, I stopped at a scenic rest stop at Evje for a coffee break. (It's great sharing my ride reports here, nobody to question how I could possibly use "a few hours" to get from Arendal to Evje, normally 45 minutes )
Had some homemade bread rolls and coffee with my feet dangling above the rapids.
The river, Otra, is the longest river in the region (8th longest nationwide).
With the onset of a sun-burnt nose, I continued on along Otra and the Byglandsfjord in Setesdal.
Another hour or so northwards, I exited west and into the hills. The mountain pass between Setesdal and Suleskard is one of the best I know (I've posted photos from this stretch multiple times before, here on Teoti.)
Of course, I had my usual coffee break at the top of the dam, looking down on the road ahead.
The water level was fairly high at the moment! That means cheap electricity for us city dwellers. I'll dig up the photos from my last times here and compare.
Some high altitude graphiti..
Down towards the tree line again, after the first mountain pass, then back up again towards Lysefjorden.
The tunnel down to Lysebotn.
And the end of the road for today, Lysebotn ('C' in the map).
.. just in time for the Bale vs Ronaldo game at the hostel.
To be continued....