I did not have a camera back then, I am afraid. So no pictures from that tour. But click on the button below to open up Google Maps.
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This is one of the first ever big tours over 100 kilometres I have ever done. A very ambitious tour back then. It still is, by the way. I had never been around the Hurum peninsula before and as the explorer I have ever been; this was nagging on me. I wanted to explore my local area and my bike was my only mean.
My setup back then was a heavy racing bike, t-shirt, shorts and nothing else. I neither used cycling gloves, cycling shorts, proper drink bottles, cycling shirt or a helmet. I had no experience with long distance cycling too and I did not know myself, being pretty young and naïve. I was a beginner in this type of chess game between myself and mother nature. But I was eager to learn through pain.
This tour is probably one of the hardest day tours in the Oslo area, I later found out. Back then, I was just approaching this tour with a lot of trepidation, after having done some of this road before.
After a pretty sleepless night, raked with doubts and fears as I was, I woke up to a glorious morning. The sun was shining. I left my parents house early that Sunday morning and set off towards Lierskogen. I took it easy despite that I felt my body was working fine. The road was pretty flat. Two kilometres past Lierskogen, I took the road past some lakes towards Dikemark and down the scenic valley towards Heggedal with a vertical drop to this village at the end. The road from Heggedal is absolute vertical up again for half a kilometre before I reached the road taking me down a narrow valley towards Spikkestad. I was still feeling fine. The road down to the crossroad is pretty hairy with some vertical descents on a bad tarmac, almost dirt road. I was relieved to reach the crossroad in one piece.
I took the busy road towards Spikkestad. The road was steady climbing up from the valley and my lungs got a nice work out in the heat. I reached another crossroad at Midtbygda where I had a small pause. I took the road down the valley towards Aros. A very nice road it is along the river too. It had some twists and turns. It is very funny on a bike, but I guess less funny in a car. I reached Oslofjorden just before Aros and followed it up a steep hill over Aros and down to Sætre. I was now on roads I did not know. The long climb up to the hill overlooking Storsand was very brutal in the heat. The views from the top of this hill was magnificent. The descent down to the then ferry port of Storsand was pretty vertical and hairy. This ferry has now been replaced with a sub-sea tunnel. But back then, the ferry was pretty busy. I took a short break there to admire the ferry before I continued the road towards Tofte and the end of this peninsula. The road was pretty flat for ten kilometres along the sea front. Just before Filtvedt, the road went into a vertical zig-zag climb past a church and over another big hill over to Tofte. The hill-climb was both steep and brutal. There was no real views from the top of this hill. The descent down to Tofte and the end of the Hurum peninsula was pretty vertical with some bad tarmac to contend with. It also took me past some very smelly heavy industry plants. I was glad to reach the sea again at the small village of Tofte.
Tofte was the turning point of the route and the road was now taking me north again towards Drammen and home. The road was flat along the sea for a couple of kilometres before it rose again through a canyon towards some farmlands. The road then dropped down again to these farmlands and rose again steadly towards Klokkarstua. The cycling was pretty punishing in the sun. I was glad to arrive at Klokkarstua. I went straight through this crossroad in the direction of Drammen. A pretty sizeable big hill-climb took me up the hill over to the fjord. A long descent followed to the fjord. I was pretty much finished now. The road to the head of Drammensfjorden was pretty easy and flat with only a couple of hill-climbs. After thirty kilometres of pretty OK cycling, I was soon at Lierstranda where I took the famous Lierbakkene up to my parent's house again where I collapsed in both exhaustion and dehydration.
This tour is an excellent tour and in my view the best tour in the Oslo area. I have done it three times if my memory serves me right and I have a huge respect for it. This ride is both very hard and very technical where you have to use the full range of gears. If you start from Oslo, you also get the pretty tough Slemmestad to Aros road too. This is a very hard road which goes vertical up and down for 7 km. Despite of being the hardest tour in the Oslo area, this tour is a superb tour during the spring. This is one of the tours I am missing here I live in Scotland. I look back on this tour with a lot of pride and satisfaction.