Turn Around When Possible

By October 9, 2015 Backroads No Comments
Serena the robot woman in my GPS tends not to agree that my choice of scenic shortcuts are actual shortcuts. Here, in Helgeland, the detour was worth every extra mile and minute. E-M5 MkII, 2.8/12-40mm @12mm, f/5.6, 1/125

Serena the robot woman in my GPS tends not to agree that my choice of scenic shortcuts are actual shortcuts. Here, in Helgeland, the detour was worth every extra mile and minute. E-M5 MkII, 2.8/12-40mm @12mm, f/5.6, 1/125

 

Sometimes I hear voices in my head when I’m riding down unknown roads on the #OlympusBackRoads tour. It’s usually Serena, the robot woman in my GPS, through the speakers in my helmet. Her attempts at pronouncing names of Norwegian places can be amusingly confusing, but she’s perfectly politely clear when I head down what looks like a photogenic shortcut: “Turn around when possible”. I tend to ignore her, and she tends to be right.

With very few exceptions, motorcycles don’t have reverse gears. When that appealingly scenic road becomes an appallingly narrow path of half-frozen mud, turning around can become an interesting exercise. Chances are, sooner or later I’ll drop the bike on one of these excursions into the unknown; chances are the fun will be worth the hassle; and chances are I’ll never admit it.

Some places, the end of the road looks a bit like the end of the world. In Borgvåg, Lofoten, the next stop is the Atlantic ocean. E-M5 MkII, 2.8/12-40mm @27mm, f/6.7, 1/350

Some places, the end of the road looks a bit like the end of the world. In Borgvåg, Lofoten, the next stop is the Atlantic ocean. E-M5 MkII, 2.8/12-40mm @27mm, f/6.7, 1/350

 

 

 

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