Day 43. 90km. Havøysund – Olderfjord

Posted: July 20, 2013 in Cycling, Norway
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Wind. Freezing. Grey. Tired.

Day 43. 90km. Havøysund – Olderfjord. Map and gpx

The Hurtigruten boat left at 6:15 am.
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I am surprised it could with the wind. It almost blew me away.
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It was grey. It was cold. And the wind made it feel much colder. Every now and then it started to drizzle. I left the warm comfort of the Hurtigruten into the Arctic gale.

I crawled over a bridge, to then be blasted to the start of a fjord, a few kilometres further on. From then onwards I had a brutal headwind or side wind and inched up steep hills at 6 km/h. I couldn’t help thinking how beautiful it could be, only I couldn’t enjoy it.

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It took me 90 minutes to post 15km. I was hungry and had hardly traveled anywhere. It was too windy and cold to stop to eat something. Then, like manna from heaven. A beautiful enclosed, brand new toilet block. There was also a viewing and picnic area, but only the toilet was windproof. This was where I had my lunch.
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It was barren. It was bleek.
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My plans of cycling to Lakselv soon evaporated. I was tired. As the day went on, the wind died down and the sun came out.
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I continued to cycle at a snail’s pace. I have a sleep deficit. I stopped at the next camping ground. Where I was just a few days ago. Olderfjord. I took a hut, and plan for an early night with sleep in.
I did some organization for the coming days. Peder can take me from the remote Svaerholt peninsula to the Nordkyn peninsula. There is exactly one public expedition a year from Mehamn to the most northern point of mainland Europe (not the North Cape on island Magerøya), and it is when I am in Mehamn. All is planned. Looking forward to it.

Comments
  1. Arthur says:

    You are doing the grand tour, sorry I could not follow your blog for a while. I’m In Mora and still a long way from Lakselv. Good luck, and as cold as you are here in the south of Sweden we have a heatwave. Almost to hot to get onto the road.

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