Friday, July 14th, 2006
I am not in a hurry so I stay in bed until seven. Then I have a shower
and start loading the bike. After breakfast I check out and at half past
eight I'm on the road again, heading South to Sundsvall.
I could not work on the bike in front of the hotel entrance so after a
short ride I followed the signs to a gasstation. Unfortunately it was closed
but... no problem, I work on the bike on the side of the road, above the E4.
Bike maintenance above the A4.
The road to Sundsvall is not very exciting but it is a good way to the South.
Maybe next time, with a GPS, I'll find a nicer road but for now this is fine.
Actualy, I did try some other roads but they mostly ended in dirts roads in
the middle of nowhere. They were nice however.
It is fun to drive through a forest on a dirtroad. The weather is good, sunny,
18 degrees Celcius and the bike is running perfect.
A nice spot with flowers on a dirtroad near the A4..
Farmland on the Swedish East coast.
I had not seen the Gulf of Bothnia yet so I looked for a spot to drive to
the coast. Finaly, near Javre, I saw a lighthouse so there must be sea.
There is a small harbour with a lighthouse and a cabin with the sign
"MC Motel" and a picture of a motorbike. Unfortunately there is nobody there.
Lighthouse near Javre.
It is very different from Norway here. Much flat land with farms and no high
mountains and deep fjords. Beautiful in a different way.
The wind is very hard. It may be because it is close to the coast but at
bridges and stretches of open road, I drive very carefully because of
the hard wind.
A Swedish farm.
A very good facility on the Scandinavian roads are good parkings, often
with a toilet and picknick benches. Often they are on a scenic spot like
next to a river or a lake. It is nice to relax on the border of a lake
after a long ride.
Parking place beside a lake.
An hour drive before Sundsvall, I have to cross a very high bridge. Here
too is a parking at the beginning of the bridge, to stop and take pictures.
This is next to the bridge.
A few kilometers before Sundsvall I get hungry so I stop at a kiosk. I
get a hotdog (very good) and a coffee (not to good) before I go back on
Good hotdogs and bad coffee here.
Short after my hotdog and coffee dinner, I left the A4 to get on the E14 East.
Beside the road I see an old airplane, a biplane, so I stop for a picture.
An old airplane next to the E14.
The E14 is a good road. Nicer then the A4 and it is running through dense
forest. I stop a few times for a drink and fuel and then I get on road 83.
Road 83 is a smaller road then the E14 and I see almost no other cars or bikes.
The scenery is very nice again. It is so nice to ride on a winding road that
passes rivers and lakes and goes throuh big forests. It is something we don't
have in the Netherlands.
Road 83 from Borgsjö to Ramsjö.
After a while I start getting tired so I ask a girl who is walking her
dog in Ramsjö if she knows a motel or cabins and she points me to
a camping with cabins.
When I get there, the camping office is closed but there is a phonenumber
and when I call that, the owner of the camping comes to get me a cabin.
I get a very nice cabin with a bathroom, a little kitchen and four bunkbeds.
I unload the bike and go to bed.
My cabin in Ramsjö.