Tuesday, 18 March 2014

New YouTube Channel "motorradpilgerin.de"

I created a new YouTube Channel to seperate the motorcycle travel related videos from others which cover quite different topics. This is the new channel:


Sunday, 16 March 2014

Vesterålen Islands - Whale Watching

From the Lofoten Islands I continued north on the Vesterålen Islands to Andenes and Bleik. Andenes is in the far north of the islands. Although I had to ride through cold and misty weather, when I reached Andenes to my great pleasure the sun came out again. I pitched my tent a few miles further south on the beautifully located and well-run campsite Bleik Midnattsol Camping, and enjoyed the next two days in perfect weather with up to 15 ° C with photography and whale watching. If you ever have a chance to go on a whale watching safari, don't miss it! It's just awesome to encounter these fascinating sea mammals.

Monday, 24 February 2014

Lofoten Islands

Let's get back to Norway:

Although my time was tight, I didn't want to miss the Lofoten Islands at least as a passage route to Andenes, where I wanted to do some whale watching. It's been more than twenty years that I visited the Lofoten, but I still had beautiful memories of these islands and their intense colors.

When I woke up in the morning the sun was shining, so, I decided to go south first, to Å, the southernmost village one can reach on road here. From there I went northwards again, over countless bridges, through tunnels and over small and larger streets until I reached the northern end of the Lofoten Islands. In the afternoon I took a ferry to the Vesterålen Islands, rode again northwards for another 150 km and finally reached Andenes and the campground in Bleik.

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Horizons Unlimited Travellers Meeting Germany 2014

I just saw that this years Horizons Unlimited Travellers Meeting Germany will take place on the weekend of the holiday of Ascention of Christ from May 29th to June 1st, 2014. Last year I enjoyed being there, nice people and interesting presentations. Travellers from all over the world come to these meetings, most of them motorcycle travellers, who did a tour, are on a tour or are planning to go, but also those who just love to hear about travels. There's a lot of exchange going on, People talk about their tours, what they enjoyed as well as difficulties they had, offer information, present pictures, workshops where one can learn useful skills, and just have some fun together. See some pictures below.

For those who don't know Horizons Unlimited: Grant and Susan Johnson, a couple from Canada, went on a "Round The World" trip on their motorcycle in 1987, 11 years, 39 countries. In 1997 they started Horizons Unlimited (HU), a worldwide network of (motorcycle) travellers, where people exchange information and experiences and give and get information and support to eachother. In places all over the world there are meetings taking place to support this. Really a great thing, I think, and that's why I have a permanent link to HU here on this blog.

Thank you very much to Grant and Susan for what they've given us by calling HU into being!



Saturday, 25 January 2014

Riding a Motorbike leads to Happiness

I alway knew it; Riding a motorbike makes you happy :-). But now it's been scientifically proven, as you can read on the Fembike page (sorry, it's in German):

Fembike: Macht Motorradfahren Frauen froh?

And personally?

Yes, of course, for me, motorcycling is one of the most intense sensory experiences. And it's this intensity and mindfulness with which you ride a motorcycle, that causes a feeling of real happiness.

To ride a motorbike you really have to be completely focused, you have to be in the "here and now" with all your senses. Every movement of the motorcycle we do with it, be it controlled or uncontrolled. Bike and rider become "one", whether in harmony, as we would wish, or even sometimes in tension and "conflict" - well, we never stop learning, do we? - and, in any case it's open, it's "true", authentic, we can not hide the quality our "relationship" and how we interact. And the more mindful and attentive we are regarding our bike, the more harmonious is our riding experience.

But not only the bike, the environment as well needs and gets our attention. Motorcycling is a very wonderful mindfulness exercise. Riding a motorcycle we watch out carefully and listen to every sound. But also the other senses are involved. We taste, for example, the sea salt in the air. Unlike in the completely sealed car ("box", as a motorcyclist may call it), the smells of the environment can reach us directly and immediately. Whether woods or meadows, freshly plowed or just harvested fields or manure piles and industrial odors of our modern times, we immediately have in our noses. Wind or storm, sun or rain, heat or cold, we feel it directly and in full intensitiy. We really experience it.

Motorcycling is an intense awareness and attitued of life, far more than mere locomotion. Motorcycling is pure attention and conscious perception in the present present moment. And what other is happiness than to live fully aware, consciously and intensively with all your senses in the present moment?

Yes, riding a motorcycle can really make you happy.

From the Arctic Circle to the Lofoten Islands

From the Arctic Circle I made ​​my way to the northwest, to Bodø, from where I wanted to take the ferry to Moskenes/Lofoten Islands.

Had the landscape been barren and treeless when crossing the Arctic Circle, this changed again very soon, and I found myself riding again through beautiful forested mountains.

However, after a while it started raining and immediatly cooled down. Fortunately, the rain did not last long and soon the sun came out again and with the wind helping to dry my clothing, I quickly felt warm again.

In a small town I took the chance to buy some more memory cards I was so desperately in need of. And a little later I reached the first foothills of the fjords, which reach deep into the country. The closer I got to Bodø, the denser the region was inhabited. However, no comparison to my home, where it's hard to find any real piece of nature and tranquility at all. Norway is just the opposite. Anyone looking for peace and pure nature will certainly find it here.

In the evening I reached Bodø and ferried across to the Lofoten Islands, where I pitched my tent and looked forward to exploring the Islands the next day.

Crossing the Arctic Circle

Norway is really a huge country. If you only see the map, you mean not that it's so big. So, on the way north, you go miles and miles, initially passing slightly denser populated areas with many meadows and fields alternating with forests. The more you get north the less fields and meadows you find, and also the forest changes. You ride through coniferous forest, and then more and more birches, the trees become smaller, and eventually there are only small plants along your way... The Arctic Circle is near.

I enjoyed to travel with so little traffic on these endless roads, that yet, will never get boring. The many shades of green, creeks and brooks, the smells of nature... true caresses for all senses. What more can you ask for?

At 66 degrees 33 north latitude I reached the Arctic Circle. From now on, I'll be in arctic climes...