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Sonntag, 17. Juni 2012

NORWAY

12th - 17th of June 2012

Day 12 - 17





Day 12 - Kristiansand - Kjelfall Camping 65 km (continuation of ferry day)
Day 13 - Kjefall Camping - Evje Youth Hostel "Troll Haus" Resting Day 23 km
Day 14 - Evje - Bykle 122 km
Day 15 - Bykle - Rjukan 156 km
Day 16 - Resting Day Rjukan (28 km)
Day 17 - Rjukan  - Uvdal Youth Hostel 88 km

Day 12 - Kristiansand - Kjelfall Camping 65 km (continuation of ferry day)


Finally sunshine! Norway gave a warm summer like welcome. Best weather so far.

Next to a bunch of Nrowegian school kids I met James from England on the ferry exploring Norway on his bike and maybe later to the Cape. Hope to see him on the road again.

After getting cash, a sim card and a nice Kebab to get used to the Norwegian prices I made my way out of the city coming along some nice street arts.

Blue sky, good roads, mountains & water everywhere. 

1st day camp making contact with late evening sandfly attacks while putting up my camp.

Day 13 - Kjefall Camping - Evje Youth Hostel "Troll Haus" Resting Day 23 km

hmm...should I go left here?! ;-)

The first camping I stayed did not offer much and the guy running the place was very unfriendly, so I made my way to the next Youth Hostel to have finally my resting day.

My failed attempt to watch the soccer game offered me instead this nice scenery.

Day 14 - Evje - Bykle 122 km

Fjords everywhere. On this lonely road I met 2 cars, actually the same one coming back.

I forgot about these tunnels that do not have lights...so where was my head torch again? In an orange bag...which one?

Another hallucination moment or just a sand excavation.

Why putting ugly containers if you can have those?

1st night wild camping on 650 m altitude. It got so chilly I had to put my insulation foil on top of me. If u ever try this you will feel warm for the night but will wake up completely soaked ind condensation water...next time camping on lower altitude.

Day 15 - Bykle - Rjukan 156 km


The signs are everywhere, but still no glimpse on these awkward animals.

The smallest brigde so far.

Endless roads on the high altitude plains "Fjell". Amazing sceneries but also strong winds, often from the wrong direction so far ;-)

These first serpentines down with 12% for about 2,5km were a good test for the disc brakes. A sprinkle of water on them after braking a while gave a sizzling relieving sound.

The long road home. Next stop Rjukan.



The hardest day so far in Norway. Arriving at the camping at around 2230, cold, tired and hungry with a fantastic view on the snow covered mountains.

Day 16 - Resting Day Rjukan (28 km)

Rjukan Water Power Station Vemork. A place with a lot of history. I visited the museum on my resting day in Rjukan. Here the Nazis tried to produce Heavy Water for their nuclear arms program. Some brave Norwegian resistance warriors managed to destroy it partly.  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vemork)

Sam Eyde, a Norwegian businessman was trading waterfalls and started this waterworks for the production of Nitrogen.



The place where the saboteurs went into the factory to place the bombs.

Monument for the Norwegian resistance fighters in Rjukan. What the guidebook said I can confirm, the prettiest of all industrial cities in the world. Situated in a deep valley there is no sunshine reaching the town from September to March. The first sun is celebrated with a big carnival.

In Rjukan I met Jörg from Germany cycling into the West of Norway. Great meeting him, we had a nice chat during dinner and doing our laundry together at a camping where virtually everything had a price... Good luck on your travels, wa fun to fight this last mountain together!

Day 17 - Rjukan  - Uvdal Youth Hostel 88 km
The plan was starting pedalling at around 7...but then I woke up at 830, having slept through the alarm clock for the 1st time. Probably I needed some sleep again :-D

Nearly at the top...first getting wet from the rain than from the sweat...the reward a stunning view. This mount

We did it! After climbing 900m reaching the plateau "Fjell" on 1100m with the remnant snow around us.


Crossing fingers...hopefully no rain until we are back down on the other side.

Uvdal wooden Church.


The Uvdal Youth Hostel was an old farming house, once the sheriffs department and a bank run by a lovely Norwegian couple I was allowed to stay as the 1st guest before they go open the day after.


Nice to know that you enjoy reading the Blog! Greetings and cu all soon again!



Kommentare:

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    Mariette

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