From here I must take a ferry. I started to think that this motorcycle trip around the world includes so many ferry rides.. seems like I am cheating!
But then I remembered that the earth’s surface is 75% water.. and I’m on a motorcycle, what do you expect Sherri Jo??? Just be glad I don’t have to put on scuba gear and ride through it!!
So this is the soon to be very frozen Baltic Sea…
While I was there, Mari gave me more gear to help keep me warm. The windstopper liner for inside the pants are a must have layer.. they have helped tremendously!! A kidney belt I never considered before, but it is positioned right where the cold wind sneaks in between jacket and the pants and keeps me super warm.. a huge help there. And 3 new sets of gloves! Nice big fat warm ones, which since have kept me from barely using my heated hand grips in freezing temperatures.. so wonderful, and another pair which I will try out in warmer weather. I am so grateful to Rukka, thank you all so much!! http://www.rukka.com/ or in Australia/New Zealand http://www.innotesco.com.au/
And to top it off, these wonderful girls organized a proper hotel room for me in Lahti. I got to stay the night in a really nice place that had it’s own bathroom, in the same room! (I’ve been on the shared community bathroom budget for quite a while 😉 AND double size bed!! (those shared places come with little tiny skinny beds).. So! I took the time to wash all my clothes in the hotel sink.. and live in style for the night..woo hoo!! I was happy!
My route from Finland was going to be over to Sweden, down through Denmark and into Germany. However as Mari and I researched the 10 day forecast in her office, this was not going to be a smart option. Too much cold and snow on the way for the next several days.
So, back down to Helsinki which offers a direct ferry all the way to Germany. Once in Germany, it’s pretty fair to say that the temperatures are marginally better, staying above 0 C.. which is good enough for me.
We sailed through the night, so not much for photos.. I arrived Rostock Germany, and set to making a new route plan. Just head straight south! The farther south I go, the warmer it will be!! Rostock had a military services thing going on.. Not sure what it was, but that commander looks the part..! I thought of 2 things.. Hogan’s Heroe’s (I used to love that show) …
and with all the wars, what it must be like to be a soldier in the old days… marching through all the tall wet cold grass without goretex or Rukka gear!! 😉
So off I went.. and got on that very fast moving german Autobahn.. It was scary at first, but to be honest, the system works really well. Stay out of the far lane (for me)… keep to the right. Those cars going 300 km-hr fly past like little rockets and I got used to it!! Ha! Sort of.. German roads are built to perfection, it was no problem.
I arrived Berlin! Here I plan on staying the weekend and getting my bike completely serviced.
I ask where to park the bike and this hostel says it fine just out front on the sidewalk – and it was! In the center of the city, no worries!
You wouldn’t believe.. I found more naked men around this city.. gee whiz how the invention of buttons and zippers have changed the world.
And I can add one for the boys finally.. the beginning of women’s liberation?? Notice, the man above is about to kill a male lion, and the Woman below is going for the lioness.. I wonder about the meaning in that?
I took a little tour around town and learned so much about the history.. so much that it boggles my mind.
I got a lot from visiting the Berlin Wall.. I don’t need to tell you much about that one.. can’t believe it was so recent history!
Berlin city really surprised me. It was so new, modern and clean.. mixed with heaps of old and history. (I quite honestly expected dreariness if that’s a word and didn’t get that at all!) Not being a city girl, I actually felt comfortable there. I also met some great friends in Berlin from my enquiry on the Horizons Unlimited website. Nick and his girlfriend Tanja pointed me in the right direction with lots of Berlin advice and then had me over for a MOST DELICIOUS home cooked meal with more friends.. It was such a fun and suspicious night. Berlin is a place I hope to go back to!! Thanks guys!!