The Lillestrom ride




June 1990
55 km




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In 1990, I moved to Oslo to do some university studies. My bike was with me and I did some nice bikerides. Oslo is/was not the easiest town to do bikerides in or from. Heavy traffic and a lot of steep hills was a bit of a problem. Oslo is a very hilly town, rising from the seafront to over 150 meters in a matter of a few kilometers. But I got some tours together in an area I did not know at all. I like to expand my horizons and the bike is my tool to do so.
The ride over to Lillestrom was my first really exploration into this area. I did some smaller rides within Oslo before I started off on this ride as my first exploration to the north of Oslo.

It was a pretty warm morning when I set off from Sogn Studentby where I lived back then. I followed the ring road to the big traffic machine called Sinsenkrysset. My aunt lived there twenty years ago in the high rise flats and I remembered that time with affection. I took the road straight up a hill alongside a motorway.
The cycle path under and over this main motorway was confusing for the next 15 km. The road was steep at parts to. I passed places I had only heard about on TV before, but never visited. A revelation, in other words. After some hard and confusing biking, I left Oslo altogether at the top of the hill called Gjelleråsen. I turned off this big road and went down the hill and along some farmfields towards an old airport called Kjeller. I passed the airport and over some flatlands before I reached the outskirts of a town called Lillestrøm.

I took a small break and a hamburger in this small town before I continued over a bridge and over to another town called Rælingen. This town has a bit of a climb over a small hill before I reached the road number 159. I thought this was going to be another confusing ride along badly signmarked cycle paths. But I was pleased to discover a very good cyclepath which in no time took me back to Oslo again. I passed over Sinsenkrysset again and back to my flat at Sogn Studentby again.


Conclusion



This is actually a very good ride with good cycle paths all the way. It is not that hard either and it offers some good bikeriding. This is one of the better shorter rides in the Oslo area and recommended. A small gem, it is.