Sunday, November 24, 2013

The Seasoned, Cycling to Rindal. Cycler and the Standing Stones.

It is usual in Norway to find parallel biker-pedestrian pathways beside the roadway. It also is not unusual to find one lane each way on major arteries, trucks and all, no place to pass except periodic laybys or three-lane short term distances. The result? Everyone goes the speed limit, no road rage. It is just the way it is. Get on the highway, get in line. Not bad. Bikers: with money saved on keeping major roadways to two or alternating three lanes, there is money for separate and separated bike lanes and people lanes. Again, no road rage.  Get on the road and obey the rules.

Example:  stop here to explore some roadside standing stones.  Sacred places appear in any culture, and for Scandinavia, see Myth and Ritual in Pre-Christian Scandinavian Landscape,
by Stefan Brink.

Find a cyclist approaching.  Bikes are all over Europe.

Shall we ask him what the standing stones are?  I wish we had, but this gentleman was intent on going on his way, and we applaud him and all the older Europeans who cycle.  

Are we nervous about disturbing someone on a bike, lest he wobble?  Why is an elderly person biking not to be expected.

There was a lovely glade nearby, a brooky place, that we explored on our own. In Ireland, such places may show bits of fabric on tree branches, as entreaties to deity of the beseecher, but we saw none here. Old special places, still.

So:  road ways, what is normal (any age on a bike), two lanes even on highways (good idea -- just adjust your planning for time of arrival so you conform to speed limits, period)

Where are our photos of the road signs to encourage staying in speed limits.  Instead of warnings and threats, they show clear-to-fade photos (yes, photos) of 

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