SW France to Mariestad Sweden

Discussion in 'Vintage and Classic Bikes' started by woodbutcher, 14 Jun 2018.

  1. woodbutcher

    woodbutcher Über Member

    Location:
    S W France
    Ok l will come clean straight away, l strapped the trusty velo to the back of the car and set off today at lunchtime ! 700 Km. later and l haven't even made it out of France yet. Hope to be near Hamburg tomorrow (another 1000 Km) and then on Saturday overnight ferry to Gothenburg from Rostock..
    Heading for the summer house on lake Vanern ....let the cycling begin. Photos later if l have the energy !!
     
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  2. Elysian_Roads

    Elysian_Roads Senior Member

    Looking forward to seeing those! Sounds like a great journey. Safe travels.
     
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  3. Shut Up Legs

    Shut Up Legs Down Under Member

    @woodbutcher : where do you live in SW France? I was just curious. I'll be visiting the Pyrénées again (for the 3rd year in a row) in September.
     
  4. biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

    Location:
    Northamptonshire
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    woodbutcher

    woodbutcher Über Member

    Location:
    S W France
    I live not far from Cahors it takes me about 3 to 4 hours to get to the Pyrenees from my place !!
     
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  6. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

    Location:
    Nogland
    Summer in a Swedish 'stuga' is wonderful. Just hope the mozzies aren't too annoying.

    I lived in Stockholm for 14 years and spent a lot of time in Swedish summer houses.

    Have a great time.
     
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  7. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

    Location:
    Nogland
    Oh, and Mariestad's beer is quite decent, too, IIRC.
     
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    woodbutcher

    woodbutcher Über Member

    Location:
    S W France
    No moose pics. l promise. In Germany tonight pitched my tent in a campsite with lots of lively little blond kids playing football ,world cup l guess.
    Thats the bad news , the good news is there is a bar serving Ltr.'s of beer with heaps of fries. bliss !
     
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    woodbutcher

    woodbutcher Über Member

    Location:
    S W France
    Very true. and its another thing to look forward to :smile:
     
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    woodbutcher

    woodbutcher Über Member

    Location:
    S W France
    Thanks, the stuga belongs to my partners family, l have spent quite a bit of time there. Great trails through the forest so taking my Raleigh M-Trax.
    Dont think the mozzies will be too much problem, it has been very dry so far this year !
     
  11. biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

    Location:
    Northamptonshire
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    woodbutcher

    woodbutcher Über Member

    Location:
    S W France
    Its a long story, but after a 2400 Km drive and an overnight ferry from Rostock to Trellebourg we arrived in the finally arrived in the forest at the summer house, last evening.....l think l was then unconscious for about twelve hours until this morning.
    The journey has not been without incident. l had my bike on a Thule rack which worked fine until my partner, knackered after a marathon drive effort manage to reverse into a road sign post :eek: which was to be fair, hard to see,
    there was a crunch and the rear mech. was bent into the wheel (actually it was the hanger which bent). Unfortunately the wheel is also bent and a couple of spokes are bent and loose. I spent this morning straightening the hanger , that worked ok and standing with one foot on the rim while attempting to pull the bloody thing straight with both hands. Well at least the wheel will go round now but l fear that l will have to find an LBS to get a proper job done before l can ride it.
    As far as photos are concerned we are in the forest and the internet hasn't been invented here yet ....at least as far as photo uploads go. So you will have to be patient and wait until l go to Mariestad to get a reliable connection.
     
  13. biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

    Location:
    Northamptonshire
    Sorry I asked
     
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    woodbutcher

    woodbutcher Über Member

    Location:
    S W France
    Home for the trip...bit cramped but who cares ?

    The bike after l had "repaired" it, not really rideable yet but watch this space.

    Much more later , l hope !
     

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  15. biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

    Location:
    Northamptonshire
    Sure i can see an elk just looking through the trees behind the bike :laugh:
     
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