The Enebakk ride

June 1991
100 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. One of the tours was this tour which has a natural line around Ostmarka. I have never been down there before and it looked like a nice ride. It is also much used by tour bikers in Oslo. So I decided to try it out myself.

It was a pretty cold morning when I set off from Sogn Studentby where I lived back then. I followed the ring road around Oslo on the pavement down to the eastern suburbias until I got past Østensjøvannet down to Skullerud. No cycle lane for the next 2 km followed and I had to drag the bike up a grassy bank along the very busy motorway those two kilometers until I reached the minor road over to Enebakk. I am sure there is a better way to do this, but I did not know back then. But I reached this road into the deep forest. The road started with some undulations before the next 20 km took me through some moderate undulated roads through the forest along small lakes in the middle of nowhere. I was cracking on with the ride on a good tarmac. I reached a crossroad at Enebakk which was my turning point. I took the road to the left and continued along some lakes towards a hill taking me home again over Rælingen. The climb was not bad and I had a good ride down the other side through some more forest with a good view over one of Norway's more famous lakes; Øyeren. The road trundled along this lake, pretty high above it along some farmlands. The road was pretty flat and not interesting at all. I was relieved when I ended up in a small town called Rælingen. I took the road number 159 over the hill again on some pretty good cycle paths to Oslo and Sogn Studentby again.


A reasonable good ride which could had been so much better if the access to the small Enebakkveien had been easier for us cyclists. The rest of the ride is OK. This is not a very hard ride, but hard enough. Would I do it again ? No. There are far more interesting rides in this area than this ride.