Still the north though
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August 12th, 2006 – by: maplefanta
Luckely also the first car from the Oksfjord crossroad stopped and it was actually a Czech guy living in Norway who helped me with few km into Troms at some villages by the coast at a tank station.
The place he left me was not really convincing for me as it was by a bus stop on a hill in the middle of nowhere but well, finally just by the time I crossed the street to join it pulling my thumb up, the first car which stopped. It revealed to be a french van with a architecture students from the Alps who jsut finished his studies and bought the van to travel. He was now heading to Tromso to pick up a friend so I had my lift all the way to Storslett.
I reached Storslett and send an sms to Mari and wait... she only noticed the message an hour later so its been long before she came to pick me up and in the meantime I bumped into the villages idiot who started talking to me in bad norvegian-english not well complete nor pronounced and always coming towards me quite near... which was annoying and stressy. He even came back later with a paper note he got from someone with silly english question of how much cost things...
Mari at last arrived and saved me from him but still its been complicated to manage to leave the place. We went to her great place in the country side surrounded by mountains and forest.
She was of great chat and we discussed in the living after having prepared a bed and cooking a good omelette. Talking about the house, the place and lots of things with some tea for my cold.
Later, we got to sleep and I took a hot bath to relax and kill the cold. The sleep was fluffy till later next morning!
I got the chance to sleep late and it was real comfortable and great... still when waking up it felt quite early enough to not have lost a day. I prepared myself and it was midday when I met with Mari who was doing some gardening and lumbering outside for the winter... The day was cloudy and the air felt indeed like the winter was slowly approaching which was scary.
We prepared to leave thinking it wouldnt really rain and while on the road in destination inland the rain felt hard with lightning, it was quite an amazing sight between all these stiff mountains. Finally, we drove back and went to the city along the coast instead and there it was not rainy anymore... good decision.
First thing we did was going to a café to enjoy a drink and a sandwich, a good veggie one for me with an orange juice which was great for my cold and my big block nose. Afterwhile we simply returned back home by the end of the afternoon and early evening and after the rain the chilly temperature came on as it was getting slightly cold and the dew was coming up creating a little foggy sight.
So we stayed outside by the garden relaxing and talking until it was too cold we got inside for some tea and warm drinks in the living room. The evening went on and we also noticed the first sunset of the yeasr when the sun hide behind a mountain for few a few hours which made it dark for the first time of the trip!!!
Anyway we prepared to go to sleep for me to have a good sleep and hope my dizzy cold was going away and that I would be fine for being on the road tomorrow.
I woke up early felt slightly better but still carrying the cold which I hoped would be ok anyway. Eating preparing and Mair drove me to Storslett where I stasrted my HH day at the service station to finally move further at the end of the city few hours later and freezing like hell... the temperature was about less than 8 degree so I got to wear all my clothes in and even gloves and my hat... the result my bag was lightly empty and still it was freezing.
Even at the other place by the marina no cars were stopping and the wind from the sea was too cold and strong. Few horus later I walked again along the way, and my luck has at last work further on when a car stop and picked me and would bring me all the way to the cross road to Finland.
On the way, its been enjoying the landscapes and great cliffs and glacier from the mountains around. Also several tunnel as it seem in the past there was avalanche who could come down and block the road that is narrowed between the cliff and the sea. After few hours drive I reached a warmer woody area along the E8 bringing me to Finland... buit it was already evening then and several hundreds to go...
It was just amazing how for the first time hh in Norway was hell, especially with the temperature and my cold who turned bad again.
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