Nice spot for lunch

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I found a nice spot for lunch the other day, very pretty. The road I’m on is a main route, so the road itself is good and fast. There are stretches of dual carriageway every few km, so you don’t get stuck behind anyone for long. Unfortunately the scenery isn’t so good, it’s mostly forest.

There’s the odd section with a really good view, particularly as I crossed the various lakes on the bridges today. Sadly none of these stretches had anywhere safe to stop and take a photo. The parking spots tend to be where the view is worst, someone needs to have a word with the planners!

Despite the good road I didn’t make Stockholm today. When I checked the map this morning it was over 750km away, not 500km as I’d first thought. I didn’t get an early start as I got chatting to a nice couple with a new caravan. Before I left I gave the bike a good look over, a few things are starting to look quite worn.

The tyres will last me to Hamburg, where I reckon I can get a set for the best price. I’m planning to fit the new chain and sprockets (which I’ve been carrying since Queensland!) at the same time. However, the front sprocket is quite worn and I’m adjusting the chain almost daily. As long as there is adjustment left and the chain isn’t jumping teeth, then I reckon I should be OK – but I’m keeping my eye on it.

I broke my last split pin adjusting the chain this morning, so I had to go looking for one. The best I could find was an R clip at one of the garages, but it’s going the job OK.

About Sophie Whiptank - aka Bart

I'm just a bloke doing some stuff, the more interesting bits I post on my blog. Scroll down far enough and you'll see me riding from Melbourne Australia to Birmingham, England in 2014. But now I'm working on another project, a single cylinder motorbike engine at 2750cc!

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