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1995 Roundtrip Germany, Denmark, Norway, Shetland, Orkney, Scotland, England en Belgium. The concise tour listing.

This roundtrip was one of the nicest journeys I ever made. This trip wasn’t easy to plan, because I had a lot of ferries to fit into the schedule. I had to drive a total of 4,227 km. (2,780 miles) to complete this tour.

This year I did rebuild my Volkswagen from a transporter into a campervan. It’s a real campervan now. Dutch road tax reforms made it possible to do so. Before you had to pay a lot more road taxes for campervans, than for business used vans. It was a very bureaucratic way to go, but after approval the 7th of April I had the official registration certificate at the end of June. When I left, I didn’t pay the right amount of taxes yet. I did leave anyway; the civil servants are there to help, but sometimes!

Planning the ferry crossings wasn’t easy. At last I started to plan the ferry from Norway to Shetland, this is a Summer only crossing and sails ones a week late Saturday night. The Shetland-Orkney ferry sails twice a week. When these dates are known and confirmed it’s easy to book the ferries for the Denmark-Norway and England-Belgium crossings.

The start - and return date is the logical part in the planning. Asking the boss for some extra days off and you are ready to go.

The Dutch ANWB (AA) was for years my travel agent and always ferry tickets and so on were right on time, no mistake made. This year with a maybe different - and more difficult schedule it wasn’t real fun to book. Just one week before I left I did get the tickets for the Denmark-Norway and England-Belgium crossings. The P&O Scottish tickets never arrived in The Netherlands. After all it was the procedure that the P&O vessel coming from Aberdeen did take the tickets to Bergen, Norway. You will receive those tickets boarding the vessel. But the ANWB had no notion of this. I had to make so many phone calls and always there was a wall of misunderstanding, they couldn’t manage this kind of bookings. The first time I did hear what the procedure really was, was at the Color Line office in Bergen, Norway. ANWB is good in helping people, but there will be no more bookings for my holidays.

Reading the story above, you understand I had to cope a lot of difficulties this year, but even Friday the 14th when getting my ordered foreign money from the bank, they couldn’t pay me out, because of a computer failure, so no DM., DKr., NKr and GBP.

Saturday the 15th of July, Heerenveen - Kruså

Very hopeful that the bank did find a solution for their computer failure. I did go for my foreign money. Still no working computers in the bank. The employee did see my problem and arranged, that I could get my money with some old fashion arithmetic and a lot of goodwill. Thanks Postbank.

So, at half past ten I steered the Volkswagen towards Groningen and go!

German roads can be very busy at a Saturday in July and this Saturday that’s the case. Between Bremen and Hamburg there are always a few queues and the Danish border nearby Flensburg is also very busy in the holiday season. Before Flensburg slow driving traffic for 162 km. (106 miles) according the radio news.

A quarter past four in the afternoon I did reach Kruså, Denmark. A typical Danish border town, a lot of petrol stations, sex shops and cafeterias.

Sunday the 16th of July, Kruså - Hirsthals

At half past nine I did leave Kruså and was on my way to Hirsthals, Denmark. De Volkswagen is a real petrol consumer, so I had to fill up the tank before driving away. Petrol is with 6.00 DKr. a litre cheaper in Denmark than in Germany and The Netherlands.

The weather was nice to drive, with some heavy showers. Drinking coffee in a small café along the road with a tin roof, the noise of the showers was so loud you couldn’t have a talk. However inside it was warm and the coffee tasted very good.

Hirsthals Lighthouse

Denmark is an easy to drive through country, so about two o’clock I arrived at the campsite in Hirsthals. In the afternoon I did visit the lighthouse above. You could even climb to the top, but you had to buy a 4.00 DKr. ticket to do so. I usually get paid for work, so I stayed below.

The quality of beer is very good in Denmark, but very expensive too. I had to pay 22.00 DKr. for a ½ litre of Fax Beer. Ten years ago you could buy for the same amount of money more than 1¼ litres.

To lose some weight I tried to spend a handful of coins to make a phone call to the people I left behind. They aren’t at home, so I have to try to spend it otherwise.

Monday the 17th of July, Hirsthals - Kristiansand - Evje

The Kristiansand ferry leaves around seven o’clock in the morning. I had to leave the campsite around six o’clock, so it was a short night sleep. On board were a lot of German tourists just as I having holidays and Norwegian weekend travellers, spending their weekend drinking liquor on board and in Danish Pubs. It’s very cheap for them. I did buy my first souvenir a Norwegian liquor glass (empty) as remembrance to the extreme high prices of liquor in Scandinavia.

View from Hornnes Camping

Hornnes Campsite was reached at two o’clock in the afternoon. The route I did take looked a lot like Scotland; only here you have to drive to the right-hand side. It was a nice and tranquil campsite. The warden did know of my hometown Heerenveen, because of the World - and European speed skating championships, which have taking place in the Heerenveen, “Thialf IJsstadion” for a number of times. The first 400-metre speed skating track indoors of the world.

My neighbours from The Netherlands did feel the need to tell me about their feelings for the German and the Norwegian people. They disliked the Germans and the Norwegians were faultless. Why this generalization?

Tuesday the 18th of July, Evje - Røldal

I had planned a 316 km. tour to Røldal. I just will see if it’s possible. Petrol is in this oil rich country very expensive, but I had a Color Line Pass, which goes by the ferry ticket, so I had a little discount. The coin operated telephone boxes are a disaster. Using a telephone card is a lot easier. At home everything was all right. Coffee and a slice of cake are very affordable buying it when visiting a silversmith shop. Norwegians aren’t big talkers, it’s mostly Yes, No and a smile.

Nature is magnificent at Setesdalen, after every turn you expect to see a bear or moose. Hawkeliseter was sign posted for the last 175 km. So I had the feeling, that it would be a rather big town or village and planned to take my lunch there. Hawkeliseter however is nothing else more than the crossing of the roads 39 and 11. There is a shop, a motel and a few market stalls. So I had to make my own lunch. The shop had some (old) bread and this made it possible to create a few good tasting sandwiches. Lettuce was sold in a flowerpot to keep it fresh a little bit longer.

In the middle of Summer, it’s nice to wade through the snow beside Vej (road) 7. It was knee-high. Norwegian people must like to build road tunnels into their mountains, there are a lot. Electricity is however their black spot, because all these tunnels don’t have any electric lights. One of the many tunnels was 5,7 km. long.

After taking a picture from a tunnel entrance I saw under my campervan a plate of loose metal, it could be one of the guards of the air-cooled engine. At the campsite I did take a closer look, just a few screws missing. I always have some spare parts, oil and other useful stuff within reach. So repairing was after all an easy job.

Usually I try to be around two o’clock at a campsite. It makes it possible to do some repairs; reading or just doing nothing is an option too. Around six o’clock I have to eat and take my insulin injection. To be a diabetic means you always have to watch your sugar and eating enough and on the right time is a must. But it may not interfere your freedom too much. For Norwegian campsites the Røldal campsite is a crowded one, but I like it that way. For one night the fee is 60,00 NKr. per night. This is less than 5,00 GBP, so it’s very reasonable.

Røldal Campingsite

Walkers, can enjoy themselves in the Røldal area, it’s really nice. I did take a long walk to the Hydro power plant. Walking makes thirsty, but I think the Norwegians are never thirsty, because there isn’t any bar, pub or café available for a tired or thirsty traveller. Only the tranquillity is enough to make you long for a nice terrace and have a drink.

The tour de France is very popular in The Netherlands. I always listen to the shortwave radio to listen to a live coverage of it on the Dutch shortwave radio service. A Dutchman saw me listening to the radio and did ask why he couldn’t get it on his radio. A good antenna is all you need and with some help of his (partly iron) clothesline it was easy to let him listen too. He was for the first time in Norway too and also very enthusiastic about the wildlife and the friendly but stiff nature of the Norwegians.

Røldal is also a nice place to read the Terry Pratchett’s book the “Wyrd Sisters”.

Wednesday the 19th of July, Røldal - Ål

Norway has a lot of cash machines, but very often they only work for the local bank clients. So I had to get the needed NKr. from the post office using a cheque. My campervan had some trouble starting. Something wrong with the electronic ignition device? It occurs most of the time when the engine has a ascertain temperature. After waiting awhile everything is ok proving a Volkswagen always has some trouble, but it keeps on rollin’. It’s not easy to find the faulty part this way.

Heading for Ål the route was just wonderful. Large waterfalls, magnificent mountains but very narrow roads. Often you see lorries without or broken side mirrors. It happened once just in front of me, a lorry came to close to the side of the road and gone was his side mirror.

Ål Campsite

It’s strange the sun is shining it’s Summer and if you get out of your car you can make a snowball.

Arriving at the village of Ål around two o’clock made me decide to stay at the Ål campsite. The sun was shining and I did drive 225 km. I had two (remote) neighbours, Norwegian and Swedish campers.

I bought some bread at the camping shop. I thought my bread was old and dry, but this bread was even dryer. Norwegians don’t eat the kind of bread I like.

Overlooking the last few days there is one conclusion, Norway is a marvellous country, but they are in need for cafés alongside the roads and every town or village should have at least one nice bar or pub.

Thursday the 20th of July, Ål - Breisten / Bergen

Today I didn’t fancy driving all the minor roads again and did choose a mayor road (by Hol) to Bergen. The whole day it drizzled. Not a nice day for a drive. Bergen is one of the wettest cities in Norway; it rains usually more than 300 days a year. The same as at the Isle of Skye, Scotland. Just having a heater powered by the air-cooled engine a Volkswagen often has steamy windows in this kind of weather. You have to pay a toll fee to enter the city.

I’m a Frisian and the highest mountains we have are molehills. Driving a whole week through the mountains makes me long for the sea or a piece of land to see the horizon again. Seeing the North Sea again was therefore a relief. If you are in need for a break Flåm is a nice stop. A lot of tourists do, there is a nice kept steam train and you can have your coffee break in an old fashion train coach. The lake was busy, people sailing or taking one of the circular cruises.

The Bergenhallen campsite Slettebakken was according my guide nearby Bergen university. I did ask around, I did drive three times through the neighbourhood, but still no campsite. And when even taxi drivers, petrol station keepers don’t know it’s hopeless. A few days later it heard, the campsite was closed. There is a Bobilcamp; it’s just a parking place only for campervans and there are some conveniences. Nothing for a few days stance. Bergen Camp is just outside the city of Bergen. There is a good bus service to the city. The campsite is clean and well kept. The city’s racecourse is nearby.

Friday the 21st of July, Bergen

Bergen is a nice city but it should be covered. This afternoon it didn’t rain; this is unique and I have the luck to take part in it. Bergen is a colourful city. The front of the houses and shops are painted in the most unlikely colours. There are a lot of wooden buildings, just as everywhere in Scandinavia.

The “Fløyenbaan” is a cable – rack railway leading to Bergen’s highest point. The view is marvellous and you can really see far. There is a nice cafeteria too.

I did have a nice meal in a Norwegian restaurant close by the Free Record Shop. I had a real Norwegian “Swinekotelett” (pork chop).

The Color Line office is during Summer also in business for P&O Scottish Ferries customers. According the letter of the Dutch ANWB I could collect my P&O Scottish ferry tickets over here. This wasn’t the case. Tickets could be collect or purchased after the arrival of the ferry out of Aberdeen. A cyclist from Leeuwarden, The Netherlands, had the same wrong information as I had.

The man from Leeuwarden did cycle the same route as I did by car. He is also heading for Shetland. He is travelling real low budget.

Tonight I did send everyone I like a postcard. Not to forget my sister in law Catharina, who is a genuine Norway adept.

Saturday the 22nd of July, Bergen

Today I did spend the day in and around Bergen. I did put my campervan at the Bobilcamp, it’s more convenient as I expected. You have to buy a 24-hour ticket; it’s nearby the city centre and close to the harbour.

Saturday is real nice day to shop in a city as Bergen, because a lot of people from around the city do their weekly shopping. I did buy some souvenirs and a nice 1996 calendar for Catharina. Norwegians must earn a lot of money, because everything is real expensive compared with the UK or The Netherlands. Coffee was 8,00 NKr., Schnitzel with chips and a salad 110,00 NKr., a cheese or ham sandwich 25,00 NKr. There is an Irish Pub in Bergen and even with a special discount a half litre of beer was 60,00 NKr. The equivalent of 1,00 NKr. is 0,26 guilders or 0.08 GBP. So this half litre of beer (a pint is 0.6 litre) was 15,60 Dutch guilders or 4.80 GBP. You don’t get drunk this way. Poor maybe.

Half past ten in the evening we did queue for the ferry at the harbour. There wasn’t any sign how and where to go and where to put your vehicle. On a democratic way, we, the passengers solved this problem by our selves. After all we did follow the right procedures. The Aberdeen ferry was a little bit to late it arrived around half past twelve. In an office we could get our tickets, so another queue was formed.

The lady behind the counter however didn’t have the tickets yet. A Norwegian traveller had a lot of stress or wouldn’t wait for the cheap liquor on board any longer, but he was very unreasonable towards this girl. The waiting room was completely empty; you couldn’t buy any food or drinks. A television set did show continuously pictures about the nice food and drinks on board.

A P&O employee delivered an ironbox containing the tickets. I did get my tickets and had to wait in the car again to get boarded. We sailed around two o’clock in the morning towards Shetland.

Bergen by night is a wonderful sight looking from the harbour. The weather was good, so you could stretch your legs a little bit on board. At last I could buy a few pints of Ale for a reasonable price too. When Norwegians see a bar like the one onboard they go out of their heads. They order in a fast manner different kinds of liquor and drink it very fast. Strange that well educated people living in a democratic country, have such strong anti alcohol laws. They never learn how to drink liquor the proper way.

It’s like a fairytale the lights on the large suspension bridges when leaving the harbour. At half past three I call it a day. The Norwegians still are swallowing alcohol.

Sunday the 23rd of July, Bergen - Lerwick

It was a rough sea in the night. The vessel didn’t have stabilizers; sometimes you had really to hold on. Luckily I’m never seasick. Breakfast was of a poor quality; the milk was lukewarm just as the coffee, the bacon, eggs and sausages. The bread was old and dry.

The whole day the sea did stay a little bit rough. Lunch was from the same quality as breakfast. The ferry did arrive around two o’clock. Most of the travellers were glad to set foot on Shetland. The campsite was just two kilometres from Lerwick harbour. I had a nice stance. The campsite was part of a modern Leisure centre. A swimming pool, golf course, gymnasium, cafeteria and a bar were all in easy reach for the campers. The bar did close around half past ten. Because it’s all very new there wasn’t a lot of shelter against the severe wind.

As usual, there are a lot of Dutch travellers on this side too. You see them everywhere. My neighbours on the campsite came from Harderwijk, The Netherlands. I did see them also a few years ago on my trip to the Outer Hebrides. He likes ferry boats and cruise ships a lot and is always taking pictures of them. He also knows a lot of their history, their former and today’s owners for instance. I did send him often a postcard posted and postmarked on the ship I travelled with, to complete his collection. They sailed from Aberdeen to Lerwick and left their car parked in Aberdeen. They see Shetland and Orkney by bicycle. They sail next Friday to Orkney, just as I do.

In the evening I had a nice walk to the sporting grounds and “Clickimin Broch”. The ancient broch is in easy reach of the campsite, strange that Normans did walk around on the same soil too.

Monday the 24th of July, Shetland Tour

At home I couldn’t get a detailed Shetland map, so just after finishing morning coffee I did buy one at the Lerwick tourist information centre. They had a lot of other useful informative leaflets too. Sumburgh was my first go. It’s located at Shetland’s south coast. The road leading to Sumburgh wasn’t much exciting. Sumburghhead however has big bird colonies. You can find here Gannets and Puffins.

Queensdale Mill is a museum with a still working waterpower driven mill. Local farmers still bring their grain here for grinding. A video presentation did explain everything in an understandable way. The croft house was one of many. I did visit a very old castle or really a ruin in Scalloway. There are a lot of these ruins in the British Isles.

The landscape is special; there are almost no trees. Everything is green and you see a lot of places where the locals dig peat. Shetland ponies you don’t see a lot. Actually there are more Shetland ponies outside Shetland than over here. The natural richness of the soil isn’t so great on these isles. For not so useful animals as the Shetland ponies there isn’t really any place left, without any form of subsidy.

Lerwick is a nice town to visit. A little bit less colourful as Bergen, but over here you have a lot of pubs and many brands of beer you can choose off.

Petrol is 66P. a litre. A much lower price than in Norway. My Volkswagen normally uses about 8.33 litres every 100 km. so there stays some money left to buy some pints for myself.

Tuesday the 25th of July, Shetland Tour

I planned to look for another campsite in the north. The Dutch neighbours have to leave early next morning, so I did give them my alarm clock. I will see them again soon at Orkney or so.

Toft was the first place to go to take the Yell Ferry, which sails from Toft to Ulsta on the isle of Yell. From Ulsta a drove to Gutcher and from here I sailed to the isle of Unst using the Gutcher - Belmont Ferry. Unst has the most northerly post office of Britain. I had some postcards and posted them here, just for the unusually postmark. You find the most northerly house in Skaw. The roads are narrow in these parts. The landscape is everywhere the same on these isles no trees, a lot of sheep and peat digging. Birdwatchers have the time of their life over here.

Riding back to Yell I did visit a museum. It was a collection of tools, second world war goods, like posters, records and coupon books. They had also a display of Whalebones. Not a very interesting museum.

The campsite I was looking for didn’t have any conveniences and the total of campers should be one, including me. So I decided to drive back to Lerwick. It was a nice day I did see a lot and had good weather too.

Wednesday the 26th of July, Lerwick

There was a little bit of fog driving to the northwestern parts of Shetland. After awhile it became windier and soon the fog was gone and the sun was breaking through. Lovely.

At Mavis Grind you can see the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. They almost meet here. If you wish you can throw a stone from the North Sea into the Atlantic Ocean. Watch out for cars on the A970.

It’s all single-track roads in this part of Shetland, you never can drive fast and there is a lot of stopping to give way to oncoming cars.

At the sport grounds there was football game. They have a Summer competition over here just as the Scandinavians do.

Thursday the 27th of July, Lerwick

Visiting Lerwick was my go today. I made enough miles the last days, so no driving this morning. Fort Charlotte was build during the second Dutch war they had to fight.

Shetland museum is part of the local library. There are many things on display, like knitting, coins (a lot of Dutch too saved from a wreck), second world war goods and all kinds of stones. Of course has the museum a lot of fisherman tools (self-made), pictures and books too.

Using these grindstones for years grinding grain, made deep marks or holes in these stones.

I didn’t see the “Jarlshof” last time visiting Sumburgh. That wasn’t smart after all, because it’s a nice historic place. The brochs are build by the Normans, are well kept and very authentic.

The football game this evening was 3-1. Blue-White against Black-White.

Friday the 28th of July, Lerwick - Kirkwall

Today as planned another ferry crossing. The ferry terminal is nearby the campsite. An accident occurred at the main entrance of the harbour. Two girl cyclists and a car collided with each other. One of the girls had injured her ankle and couldn’t cycle for the time being. Otto also a Dutchman who stayed at the campsite, has taken her and the bicycle into his car. This way she could make her ferry crossing to Orkney after all. A few years ago I made a journey to the Outer Hebrides. It’s amazing how many of the travellers you did see than you see again this time.

Kirkwall Harbour

The cyclist from Leeuwarden is sailing today also. Tomorrow he will travel from Stromness to the south, to take a foot ferry to the Scottish mainland. I stay a few days at the Orkney Isles.

Around eight o’clock we disembarked at the Stromness terminal. The campsite opposite to the harbour bay didn’t look suitable for a few nights stay. So I decided to go on to Kirkwall. Some cyclist decided to take a look anyway, but around ten o’clock they arrived too at the Kirkwall campsite. At that time it’s still daylight in these northern parts of Europe.

Our football team Heerenveen is playing the European Intertoto competition. Tomorrow they have an important game ahead. I did hear our manager Foppe de Haan and one of the players on the radio. I try to listen tomorrow.

Saturday the 29th of July, Orkney Tour

As usual the day started a little damp, but later on the sun was shining and it became a warm day. First I had to go to the tourists information centre to get some useful information about the Orkney.

The Churchill Barriers, build in the second world war to keep the German U-boats out of Scapa Flow bay; to protect the allied fleet were the first to visit. I did see them also at the Outer Hebrides; they are impressive. Italian prisoners of war did a lot of the work at these barriers.

The Italian chapel is also build by these prisoners. It’s just a facade and a Romney shed. But it’s beautiful painted in an old fashioned Roman Catholic way. It’s well kept too. Against the barriers are a lot of old shipwrecks.


Italian Chapel build by Italian prisoners of the 2nd world war, during their stay at Orkney

This afternoon I had some time to take a look in Kirkwall town. I did see a Scottish wedding. Nice kilts, a beautiful vintage car. Kirkwall church and castle are well maintained.

I did buy a chain lock for my bicycle. I lost mine a few days ago. I don’t think there are a lot of bicycle thieves over here, but when on the mainland a lock isn’t luxury.

Heerenveen had to play against a Romanian football team tonight. It was an easy 4-0. Their next opponent is Bordeaux, France. It was live on the shortwave radio.

Sunday the 30th of July, Kirkwall

Orkney’s north coast is my go today. Gurness Broch isn’t easy to reach, but is worth to make this affords. Visiting the broch was free, because the custodian is not on duty on a Sunday morning.

Evie is a nice village and the local pub has good food too. Sometimes when seeing a nice stone I will take it home, at Birsay I did find such a stone. It was a nice sunny afternoon to read a little bit.

Monday the 31st of July, Kirkwall - Stromness

At first I did visit Maeshowe it’s an ancient burial ground.

Maeshowe Burial Ground

Skara Brae is international known, as the well kept and good documented remains of an iron aged settlement.

Remains of the Skara Brae iron age settlements

Standing stones you see a lot on the northern – and western isles, the "Ring of Brochar" is worth a visit.

This afternoon I did move to the Stromness campsite. Tomorrow I have to sail to mainland Scotland

Tuesday the 1st of August, Stromness - Wick

Stromness is a nice city to spend a morning shopping and look around. We did leave Orkney around three o’clock. Our ferry was the P&O vessel St. Ola. I did send a postcard from the ship to the Dutchman who collects all kinds of goods connected to ferry – and cruise ships. The “Old Man of Hoy” is a stack rising out of the sea. Looking from ascertain point of view it’s just an old man’s face. The captain of the St. Ola actually takes another route and slows down the speed to give us the opportunity to take some nice pictures of this “wonder”.

From Wick, Scotland I did contact the relatives at home. They will record the football match Heerenveen – Bordeaux on video. So I can see it back after these holidays.

Wednesday the 2nd of August, Wick – Blair Atholl

The A9 is a busy but nice road to drive. A lot of nice views and the sea is always close. Tomatin’s “Little Chef” did provide a real British “All Day Breakfast”. The Volkswagen didn’t start after this. The wrong temperature again. I didn’t want to wait any longer to let the engine cool down, so I did cool down the different electronic parts with some water. The engine is in the back, so you have to remove a lot of baggage before you can enter the motor compartment. It started immediately after this treatment. Refill at the petrol station and go.

The next campsite is the one in the village Blair Atholl. Blair Atholl is a nice village, close by the A9. The castle is a nice one to visit. Again a lot of neighbours are Dutch. My next door neighbour also Dutch dislikes mountains (not so handy if you are in the Grampians). Their boy is diabetic too. It makes us a little bit brothers in arms. Ha, ha.

Bordeaux defeated Heerenveen with 2-0. Heerenveen had two red cards too. So Heerenveen is out of the European football competitions. Next time better luck.

Thursday the 3rd of August, Blair Atholl - Edinburgh

At the Edinburgh city bypass I saw Tony “Indian” Lenes he is from my hometown. He was driving his commercial van to accompany with five motorcyclists riding their vintage Indian motorcycles. He sometimes plans this kind of tours. We just had time to wave to each other.

Buildings more and more close in Edinburgh’s campsite “Little France”. There is new shopping centre just a short walk away now. On my way back I did catch some wet feet because I had a short cut through the park, but one of the ditches was too wide.

The Australian neighbour did like my "Basic Camper" sign on the campervan.

Friday the 4th of August, Edinburgh

Edinburgh always is a nice city to visit. From the campsite you take the 33 bus, it’s takes you right to Waverley Station (Princess Street) for just 55P. Bought some nice fairy tale books in a small second hand shop. My Tolkien collection was enlarged with the “Hobbit” comic. Back on the campsite I did  take a few pints at the “Jolly Jumper" this pub is next to the campsite.

Saturday the 5th of August, Edinburgh - York

For a great part I did take the A68 towards York. It’s a hilly road, sometimes your ears even start to peep.

Rawcliffe Manor campsite is changed a lot since the last time I was here. The Monroe factory is still producing shock absorbers. But a lot of the grassland is made into a large shopping centre. On easy walking distance (five minutes) you have now, a Tesco, a Curry's, a DIY shop, a Toy'r'us, a Children’s World, a Deep Pan Pizza and of course a McDonalds.

Sunday the 6th of August, York - Market Rasen

This time I did take the Humber bridge (Toll bridge) on my way to Norfolk avoiding the busy A1. The whole day the weather was good and to get some exercise I cycled to Market Rasen for some shopping.

Monday the 7th of August, Market Rasen - Ipswich

The end of this journey is now near. At least it feels that way. Just one ferry to go. Driving through Norfolk, you see a lot back in the landscape that reminds you at The Netherlands. The Dutch did create a lot of this landscape in early years. Strait canals and windmills.

Felixstowe is a city of a departed glory.

Tuesday the 8th of August, Felixstowe

Double Decker Bus Felixstowe - Ipswich and back

The bus to Ipswich leaves from an old worn out bus station. Ipswich is nice to shop and to buy a pint.

Wednesday the 9th of August, Felixstowe - Heerenveen

The Dutch people from Lerwick campsite were also at the Felixstowe – Zeebrugge ferry. The vessel was full; I had to put my car on the moving part of the car deck. That means that I’m the third car leaving the ship.

Than awaits the last 250 km. to go to the northern part of The Netherlands. Friesland. In Belgium a Dutch car with a small wheeled trailer did pass me with an approximately speed of 130 km/h. This speed is much too high for this kind of trailers. My first thought was this must go wrong. 30 km. later he stood alongside the road with a flat tyre and a square trailer wheel. They never learn.

At home everything was the same.

The tour in chronological order.

The Netherlands









The Netherlands



The tour day by day from start to end, dates and ferry timetables.

Saturday the 15th of July

Heerenveen – Kruså, 500 km.

Sunday the 16th of July

Kruså – Hirsthals, 364 km.

Monday the 17th of July

Hirsthals – Evje, 64 km.

Ferry to Kristiansand Norway, 08.00 h., M/S Christian IV, Color Line

Tuesday the 18th of July

Evje – Røldal, 316 km.

Wednesday the 19th of July

Røldal – Ål, 254 km.

Thursday the 20th of July

Ål - Breisten / Bergen, 259 km.

Friday the 21st of July

Bergen city

Saturday the 22nd of July

Bergen city at Bobilcamp (parking/camping for campervans only)

Sunday the 23rd July

Bergen - Lerwick

Ferry to Lerwick Shetland, 02.00 h., Ms. St. Clair, P&O Scottish Ferries

Monday the 24th of July

Lerwick Tour Shetland, 85 km.

Tuesday the 25th of July

Lerwick Tour Shetland, 145 km.

Wednesday the 26th of July

Lerwick Tour Shetland, 70 km.

Thursday the 27th of July

Lerwick city

Friday the 28th of July

Lerwick – Kirkwall, 35 km.

Ferry to Stromness Orkney, 12.00 h., Ms. St. Sunniva, P&O Scottish Ferries

Saturday the 29th of July

Orkney Tour

Sunday the 30th of July

Orkney Tour

Monday the 31st of July

Kirkwall - Stromness

Tuesday the 1st of August

Stromness – Wick, 69 km.

Ferry to Scrabster Scotland, 15.00 h., Ms. St. OLA, P&O Scottish Ferries

Wednesday the 2nd of August

Wick - Blair Atholl, 303 km.

Thursday the 3rd of August

Blair Atholl – Edinburgh, 88 km.

Friday the 4th of August

Edinburgh city

Saturday the 5th of August

Edinburgh – York, 264 km.

Sunday the 6th of August

York - Market Rasen, 160 km.

Monday the 7th of August

Market Rasen – Ipswich, 283 km.

Tuesday the 8th of August

Ipswich - Heerenveen

P&O Ferries Ipswich - Zeebrugge (Belgium)