Sunday, June 16, 2024

Motorbike tour - North East Victoria and South Gippsland

Motorcycle tour through North East Victoria and South Gippsland with great roads, lots of twisties and not much traffic. 

Day 1.  Broadford to Myrtleford - 305 km, 4 hr [GPX file]

Mostly on quiet roads. Coffee and pitstop in Mansfield.

Day 2. Myrtleford to Bairnsdale - 342 km 5hr 24 min [GPX file]

Endless curves, watch out for bark on road and damp corners in forest areas.

Mitta Mitta for coffee and Omeo for lunch.

Day 3. Bairnsdale to Walkerville - 4 hr 26 min [GPX file]

Back roads in rural areas and forests of Strezlecki. 

10km of dirt road (good condition) from Carrajung to Tarra Bulga NP on Grand Ridge Road.

Lunch at Inline Cafe, Balook.

Tarra Valley Road to Yarram is sealed by very narrow with tight curves.

Day 4. Walkerville to Burwood - 3 hr 26 minutes [GPX file]

Very scenic back road route, good for motorbikes, no freeway.


Friday, April 19, 2024

Oslo to Svalbard, one of the best flights ever

The flight from Oslo to Tromso had some good views down to snow covered peaks and the fjords near Tromso. 

We landed in Tromso and exited the plane then went through immigration (as Svalbard is an external territory of Norway) then re boarded the plane.

Landing at Svalbard it was -25C, a lot colder than the mainland. We collected our gear and boarded the bus that took us very close to our accommodation at Haugen Pensjonat which has good rooms and kitchen facilities and was not crowded.

Coming into Tromso

We flew over sea ice then Spitzbergen, Svalbard in bluebird skies with superb views down to the peaks and glaciers of and surrounding a sea ice.  One of the best flights I have ever had.

Svalbard, Longyearbyen airport. -25C outside.

Beware of Polar Bears

There are several excellent gear shops and a well stocked supermarket.

A visit to Cafe Huski

I was expecting a remote outpost with few shops but Longyearbyen is a busy place with numerous hotels (most of them expensive), gear shops and restaurants.

Monday, March 18, 2024

Looking around Oslo on trains and trams and a ferry to Nesodden

We had a day in Oslo and set out to see some new sights on the trams and trains with a day ticket. Public transport is fast and efficient.

I have wondered where the ferries from Aker brygge go so we boarded one to cross Oslo Fjord to Nesodden. There were good views across the fjord on the trip and nice warm cafe in the ferry terminal at Nesodden.

We walked around Nesodden checking out picturesque houses with good views. Some had sod roofs. 

We visited the Norrona and Helly Hansen stores to check out their high quality outdoor gear (but it is expensive). 

A stroll around the Opera House roof in the sun was nice.

Fish and chips for dinner at the Salt Cafe was wonderful. Very rustic, friendly service and great food.