The Great Circle Tour of the Baltic Sea
or
Scandinavian Midsummer Madness



Hi! I'm Jeff.
Thanks for finding my journals. This one is about the greatest ride I have ever had. I had been planning this trip for two years with my best buddy and surrogate brother Jed. In June (2000) he finally flew his bike over from the US and we took off on the most challenging trip we've ever attempted; to ride to the furthest point north in Europe, (Nordkapp, Norway) which was over 400 miles north of the Arctic Circle, then return home through Russia. It was a hell of a lot to try to do in two weeks, but that was all the time we had. All my friends in Germany thought I was mad, and they assured me it couldn't be done in that short of time. Never one to be bothered with minor details like huge distances, bad roads, and unfriendly borders, we decided to give it a go. What is life if you never challenge yourself? This is the story of that trip. We made it home safe and sound, and now have to live with the burden of finding an even greater challenge. I hope you enjoy the ride. I've found it very hard to contain my enthusiam in this journal. Everyone should pick a challenge and do it. You'll never know how much you can grow until you try. If you have any questions about traveling in that region, I'd be happy to help you out. I'll try to post a page with travel links and information at the end.

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Original Plan: Bold, but Empty-Headed Bravado

Prelude: The Final Plan

Chapter One: Link-up and Pre-flight checks (Germany/Denmark/Norway)

Chapter Two: Going with the Flow (Germany/Denmark/Norway)

Chapter Three: The Golden Route (Norway/Sweden)

Chapter Four: Escape from Norway (Norway/Sweden)

Chapter Five: Breaching the Arctic Circle (Sweden/Norway)

Chapter Six: Nordkapp, Land of the Cruise Ship Lemmings (Norway)

Chapter Seven: Midsummerís Eve Madness (Finland)

Chapter Eight: Playground of the Czars (Russia)

Chapter Nine: A Brief Baltic Interlude (Estonia/Latvia/Lithuania)

Chapter Ten: Right of Way by Gross Tonnage (Poland)

Chapter Eleven: A Beer Hunterís Paradise (Czech Republic)

Chapter Twelve: Return to Reality (Germany)

Appendix: Information, Links, and Addresses

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