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Leaving Rostock and Warnemünde

September 18, 2016

Everything has to end – even the great weekend we had in the Güstrow and Teterow area.

We took the ferry Rostock – Trelleborg (both ways) – highly recommendable if you’re heading down to mainland Europe and want to get a couple of hours good sleep. You can book with TT-line and Stenalines, they work together on this travel connection.

Next time, we’ll explore Rostock as well. It has a huge harbour and as a Hanse town it also has a lot of history to discover. An old study friend of mine would agree, you know who you are 😉 .

Here some pictures from our trip back up to Sweden.


We’ll be back. 😉



Off to Speedway GP in Teterow

September 18, 2016

This was the purpose of the trip. Watching the Speedway GP at Teterow.

Teterow is situated about 25km from Güstrow, which made it easy to pop over there in the late afternoon for watching the current Speedway stars live.

It has been quite some years since the last GP at that arena, plus it was the 200th GP. As you can imagine, it was quite crowded. In a nice way, though. People largely behaved, from what we could see and experience, and the entire event was just one big party.

Here some impressions from a very special night in Teterow!


Riders’ presentation at the start:

A day in Güstrow

September 18, 2016

Last weekend we spent in Güstrow – gorgeous summer weather, although it already was September.

We rode into town, bought som motor oil for Signorina Pasolina and walked around town. Unlike in Sweden, shops close at the latest at 1pm, so there wasn’t a huge shopping opportunity for us. Probably good, since the luggage couldn’t take a lot more than we already had.

They have a gorgeous castle and a very nice old town. These parts being largely renovated.
There is lots of history to discover, from the 30-years-war and earlier to the Napoleonic war.

Later, we went towards the train station, and then one got an impression of the not so touristy-like parts of the town. Lots of unrenovated and abandoned buildings, which tell their history and the history of the region before the Berlin wall came down.

Fascinating and almost a bit scary as well that more than 25 years later there still is part of the old spirit from back than left.

img_20160910_121310The old train authority’s building, close to the train station.

img_20160910_121514Definitely scary – the election propaganda poster of Germany’s total right wing party NPD.

One also finds fun stuff, though, like the “Mut Institut”! In German it means institute of courage, and indeed the institution is all about helping people (re)gaining their self-confidence. However, in Swedish translation it becomes “institute of bribery” 😉 .


Yes, we love languages and travelling.

And yes, for everyone asking “why are you not on the way down to Mandello?” – here is the answer: We were visiting an area and town that apparently is called “Tuscany of the North”.


We’ll definitely be back. That’s for sure.

Travelling again!

September 10, 2016

After realising yesterday morning that we only have one (!) working bike out of six, we anyway made our way down to Northern Germany. Thanks to Mikko’s willpower and Signorina Pasolina’s commitment we actually arrived in Güstrow as planned in the evening, just in time for dinner. 

This was the day: waking up at 4.15. Breakfast, then garage, rolling bikes out, rolling and me noticing that this doesn’t feel right whatsoever with Elisa… Overtaking Mikko, signalling failure (oil in cylinders is never a good sign)  returning to the garage, repacking and finally leaving with one bike, 45 minutes late. It was dark and foggy. But the day brightened up.

Two short petrol stops and some fast travelling later, we arrived almost one hour early at Trelleborg. After a 4.20 hours ride. And according to Murphy, since we were early, the ferry that was taking us to Rostock, departed a little late. 

Time for food and sleep on the ferry then. Gorgeous!!! 

On arrival, Warnemünde light house greeted us, and also the biggest Windjammer in the world, the Sedov! 

About an hour later we arrived at the hotel. Unpacking, showering and some nice food meant the world order was totally restored. 

I think I am getting old, though. I actually enjoyed being a passenger on the bike, and I even almost nodded off in my space on the “prayer’s seat”. Strange things are happening. 

Elisa’s summer premier

June 25, 2016

The weather and Summer in Sweden has been great on average until now. Mainly quite decent summer temperatures.

So the reason why Elisa only came out this weekend is more due to a lack of time.

We did a summer excursion to Rejmyre today, to the old glass factory and the small shops around there.

It is a round trip of just below 100km, and that probably because we also went to Hultsbruk outside Norrköping on the way back. One more place that one otherwise only passes, but never visits. Part of the “I can always do that but then never get around doing it”- syndrome.
Apart from a halfway famous blacksmith workshop that specialises in axes, they also have nice trekking paths up there. I even saw someone with climbing equipment.

Check it out for yourself some time.

Anyhow, Elisa passes on her regards to you:




This is what always fits into a decently sized bumbag and tankbag:


More pictures from the glas factory area, and their shop (dangerous territory for several reasons):




A bit of bike history!

April 29, 2016

When I went to the garage for cleaning and polishing shoes, helmet and also the front fairings of the bikes, I decided to put the sticker of the UK Moto Guzzi club into Hugo’s tax disc holder. His last tax disc is from 2009, and he has been living in Sweden since 2010. And in Sweden we do not have tax discs.  Which also means that he is registered as a motorcycle, and not as a bicycle, as the UK-authorities insist on… Time for a change.

To my surprise, there was not only the latest tax disc in the holder, but the ones for quite some years back!



It is very interesting to see where he has been during the years, and he has been around for quite a bit:
1992 he was living in Cambridge, according to the stamp on the tax disk.
2002 he was living in Tadcaster, North Yorkshire.
2003 he moved South again, to Bulkington, Warwickshire, where he lived until 2007.
In 2008 he moved to Camblesforth, Selby, North Yorkshire, where he reportedly lived on a farm close to the big power plant.

Well, yes, and in March 2010 I imported him to Sweden 😀

I love it when one still learns more about a bike. After all these years ;-).


Helmet care

April 28, 2016

Helmet care can be so easy!

No special products are necessarily needed. All you need for gently removing insects and dirt, is a decent amount of Johnson Pledge!

Yep, you read it, classic furniture polish will do. Simple is best. And it also smells quite alright. At least my otherwise so sensitive nose confirms that.


Tip for everyone getting his or her gear ready for the season.