I thought that we had passed through Hell yesterday, but obviously not. Or if we did, the far side of hell is the same as hell itself.
Some amusing anecdotes along the way have been the way people react to seeing a little yellow plastic car in far north Norway. The reaction is either admiration or horror … both revealing their view that we are mad. But the best reaction today was from 3 kids out cycling with their mum (yes, in the rain). The first two kids stopped their bikes instantly, and almost fell off, while their eyes had missile-lock on the car. Child number 3 and mum have to take evasive action to avoid rear-ending the first two.
We did have a tentative plan to take the coast road from Grong to Bodo, but it would have made an 8+ hour journey into a 10+ hour journey, plus 60 minutes for a ferry. Given our fraying nerves and the weather, we headed directly for Bodo. The other benefit of the shorter route is that we get to cross the Arctic Circle on a road, where there are markings. If we’d taken the long route, we’d have crossed into the Arctic while on the ferry, and the moment would just not have been the same.
After the earlier roads, I expected a serious bump across the road, rather than a polite sign :-)
Tomorrow’s plan has also changed. Rather than driving another 9 hours to Tromso, we’re taking a Sunday morning ferry to the Lofoten Islands ... more specifically to a town called Å. More of that later and anybody who can work out why it's called Å gets a gold star. It's not an A, but the uppercase form of å.
But now we gotta rush to the Vinmonopoli shop ... cos they close at 3pm on a Saturday and all day Sunday ... and life would be even harsher without a tipple each evening!!
PS: This evening's hotel is very strange ... it's both a hospital and a hotel ... so the restaurant contains a very weird mixture of diners ... and an even weirder dress code ... more suited to East Tennessee than to North Norway!
Day 9 of Alps to Arctic Tour
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