Drenched

EUROPE 20 02/07/2011 DRENCHED I drifted off to sleep last night having dreaming of blue skies, with the Norwegian rains left far behind me. I awoke to a far harsher reality: it had poured overnight, and while there was a brief lull as I packed the tent away the deluge resumed while I was having…

Drenched

EUROPE 20 02/07/2011 DRENCHED I drifted off to sleep last night having dreaming of blue skies, with the Norwegian rains left far behind me. I awoke to a far harsher reality: it had poured overnight, and while there was a brief lull as I packed the tent away the deluge resumed while I was having…

Denmark

EUROPE 19 01/06/2011 DENMARK The rain that started yesterday evening became a storm overnight and, although the worst had passed by the time I woke, I still got drenched packing the tent. On this kind of expedition, where 99% of the time is spent under the open sky, the weather tends to be a defining…

Luck

EUROPE 18 30/06/2011 LUCK I woke at 6 this morning to the sound of heavy rain, and decided to go back to sleep for half an hour to see if it would abate. This was a good plan on paper, but what I didn’t bank on was sleeping through the next alarm – by the…

Following a River

EUROPE 17 29/06/2011 FOLLOWING A RIVER Yesterday’s campsite sat on the exposed face of a mountain, offering spectacular views down through the valley – as well as a full helping of the elements. I was frequently woken by the howling the wind, the constant hammering rain, and the creaking canvas of the tent. Nevertheless, when…

Going Nowhere, Slowly

EUROPE 16 28/06/2011 GOING NOWHERE, SLOWLY I had breakfast at a café attached to the campground this morning, and was on the road by 9.15. The camp sight was in a lee, out of the wind, but I could see the trees being whipped about on the side of the road and I knew before…

Trondheim

EUROPE 15 27/06/2011 TRONDHEIM I was packed up and on the road in good time this morning, intending to have breakfast at the first place I saw. This proved to be more challenging than I’d anticipated, and I was starving by the time I finally found an open gas station. Having had my fill of…

Sunshine at Last

EUROPE 14 26/06/2011 SUNSHINE AT LAST I slept well last night, and woke to brilliant sunshine with fluffy clouds scudding across a bright blue sky. Usually I pack up inside the tent, but it was too hot for that today – so I tossed everything out, and packed in the sun. I was on the…

Away from the Coast

EUROPE 13 25/06/2011 AWAY FROM THE COAST I had intended to get up in good time again this morning, and get an early ferry – but I slept through my alarm and missed the ferry. Bleary-eyed I checked the timetable and saw that I had a couple of hours to the next one, and went…

Ferries

EUROPE 12 24/06/2011 FERRIES I was up early again this morning, in time for the ferry from Nesna to Levang. I arrived at the port a bit early so had some breakfast while I waited. It was freezing today, and although it didn’t rain, low cloud obscured much of the scenery. The ferry ride was…