The event called “Motorcycle Deluge” is two night ferry crossings (Gdynia – Karlskrona and back), overnight at the campsite on Öland and tour of southern Sweden on a motorcycle with suggested routes, or according to your own idea.
We did the last refueling in Gdynia (gasoline in Sweden costs over PLN 6 / liter) and on the ferry. At the beginning, dinner in the form of a Swedish (nomen omen) table. The dishes were varied and tasty. We tried a variety of cold snacks like herring salad with caviar, shrimp in armor or salad, crispy fried herring fillets in marinade, aromatic roast beef, delicate salami and various aromatic cheeses. They were heat-treated, among others a cod fillet and tender beef tenderloin that found many amateurs. There was also a disco and performances with live music.
In Karlskrona, we decided to visit the Naval Museum located there (www.marinmuseum.se). We were, however, before the opening, so we only looked at the exhibits outside. It’s worth taking a look there, because the entrance is free and the exhibits outside encourage to discover this place.
We also wanted to visit the Car and Porcelain Museum (www.fabas.se/en/our-museums/) founded and belonging to the creators of the Abinsson & Sjöberg publishing house, which publishes a magazine for motorcyclists entitled “Allt om MC”. Unfortunately, the exhibition is not available until the beginning of the summer season. It is a pity, because the pictures of vehicles on the museum’s website are very encouraging.
Heading west, we reached Mörrum, where the salmon fishing center is located at the turn of the Mörrumsån river. The river falling in this place with numerous cascades creates a picturesque landscape, which gave us a lot of respite, and footbridges spread over the river allowed to see this charming place from many sides.
The next point of our trip was a place known as “Åke’s car wreck”, also called “Bilkyrkogården” – a cemetery of old cars located about 1.5 km west of Ryd. An unusual, interesting place, a bit sad and weird. Years ago, there was a place where the owner, Åke Danielsson, collected and dismantled cars even from the 1950s and 1960s. Today, the place has acquired a special charm. Although it is hard to recognize the car brands, it’s definitely worth a look, because the condition of some of the elements shows the solidity of the old constructions.
We went further to Växjö without any stops. The city is quite large and we hoped for a good restaurant with local, Swedish cuisine. Unfortunately, when in the “Båtsmannen” reataurant to the question about the Swedish specialty, we were offered a schnitzel (!), we went to the “Texas Longhorn” located next to it and serving American-style dishes. From the menu I recommend “The ugly American burger” – an appetizing burger with a slice of cheddar cheese, served with a large portion of French fries, a coleslaw salad and a spicy chipotle dip. Such a set costs 200 kronor (about 85 zlotys). A lot, but it’s worth it. Beef was tasty and juicy, despite “well done” finishing. The fries were crispy and unusually tasty, but the impression was that they were not greasy at all. Aromatic coleslaw perfectly complements the spicy chipotle (sauce made of smoked peppers and dried jalapeño peppers). And all with friendly service and a waitress smile. I recommend.
Next, from Kalmar, we crossed the bridge to the island of Öland and then to the campsite Lundegård, located about 7 km north of Borgholm.
The camping houses have been already prepared for us (fully equipped, with bedding) and a barbecue were waiting for us at the campsite. If you ever wanted to go to this party, do not forget to bring a good sausage with you. The evening was spent exchanging impressions after a day spent on motorcycles and conversations about our motorcycle passion.
On Sunday morning, in a camping restaurant, breakfast awaited us. We could have scrambled eggs, sausages, cold meats, fried bacon, fresh vegetables or “köttbullar” – traditional Swedish meatballs. The dishes may not be sophisticated, but tasty and nutritious.
After breakfast, we immediately went to the Borgholm fortress (http://www.borgholmsslott.se/en/), which is probably the biggest tourist attraction in the region, a few kilometers away. It is worth visiting because it has a long and interesting history (see photos and descriptions), and architecture and nature create a unique composition here.
Next we went to the southern end of the island to Ottenby (at this point the road turns north, so you will not miss it) and two attractions there: the lighthouse “Långe Jan” (High Jan) and the bird reserve. It is worth spending a few moments there, enjoying the view of the sea and the many birds here.
We set off to the north, passing numerous windmills here along the way (over 300 were left from over 2,000). Today they are a decoration of Oland, called the “island of wind and sun” and there are restaurants or small houses in them.
We stopped for a meal in Kalmar in the restaurant “STEKHUSET”. For dinner we chose a baked cod fillet with pizzaiola sauce made of tomatoes, onions, garlic, olives and fresh basil and oregano. The choice turned out to be a hit, because the delicate taste of the fish blended in perfectly with the aromatic, rich sauce. The dinner tasted great in the scenery of the Kalmar waterfront.
Our journey was coming to an end. On Sunday late afternoon we returned to Karlskrona, and on Monday morning we were already in Gdynia.
I strongly encourage you to visit our “overseas” neighbor, and if you would like to participate in the next edition of the “Motorcycle Deluge”, definitely think about buying additional meals on the ferry.