Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Monday and shortcuts

Tired this morning Must eat more or perhaps the body needs a rest. Did a silly thing after being on the big road and saw a shortcut on the map, it was a signed cycle route so i took it. very scienic, then onto a little chipped path, oopps mistake turned out to be a mountain bike route certainly not for the likes of my bike. A journey that should have taken 30 min as the crow flied took 2.5 hrs  it turned out it was a logging track. lesson learnt, but some great views for a brew and lunch

Sunday To Geilo and beyond

After a great nights sleep I came down to a huge breakfast and with it a huge bill 1100 kr about £110  4 times my daily budget but that was my choice  and you put it behind you. What is it with snow it's so majical, i loaded my bike and sped downhill for 30 miles leaving the snow behind me, it made me feel quite sad as i headed back into civilization. At the bottom of the hills it started to rain and i found shelter under a roofed picnic table when lunch was finished  the rain had stopped  and i carried on. I d meant to stay in the next town but i felt good  and carried on a nice quiet road to a village called Nesbyen, i stopped into a shop to buy supplies and a beer  but no alcohol after 6 in Norway! I headed for a local campsite booked in and was asked if id like a beer, the sunday rule didnt count on campsites as lomg as i drank them in reseption or on the table outside. I wanted a beer as i cooked by my tent so i filled up my water bottles with beer and took the glass back, "my you must have been thirsty he said"!

the beauty and the beasts of norway

So I have arrived at Oslo and am spending the day around the city. So catch up what have I been up to.After my first night of camping i headed for the ferry and into the mountains On the ferry i had been warned of the hills by kris who asked how far i was going , i replied and said that was to far. A challenge i accepted. after a bit of blogging in Kinservic i headed out to the hills and whilst taking in the breathtaking scenery i came off the road and bang came off the bike. no injuries except for pride and a burst inner tube new inner tube on i carried on a little more careful and had lunch by a fjord before the big hills!!I started to climb along the twisted roads always a sign when they cant build the roads straight its going to be bad and puffed and panted my way up. As i got higher i had to get off a couple of times due to the weight of the bike and just to steep. scenery incredible  and does take your mind off the climb. there are tunnels andd  bikes arnt allowed in so there is a pass on the outside. however this road was closed due to an avalanche and so i had to go through the tunnel it must have taken me 45 mins to get through at least it cooled me down. The higher i got the snow got closer to me and the weather although sunny got cooler. 6 hrs later I arrived at what was the levelling out stage and snow was everywhere I looked on the map and realised i could go onto the next village at the top of the highest longest plateau range in Europe. However when I reached the Hostel it was closed in fact it was covered in snow. I looked at my watch and it was 9pm i couldnt believe the time I was so interesred in what was around me and the fact it was still light id lost track of time. at this point i was wearing gloves wooly hat and big jumper still in shorts. nothing to it make a nice cup of tea and  then carry on. The drifts of snow were way above me and although it was amazing it was also a little bit worrying to be stuck at the top of this longest snow filled range in Europe. But thats what adventures are about. Mike had texted me a bit back and i didnt want to worry him so Id told him I was all set up in my tent Couldnt be further away from the truth. I realised that if i was in difficulty i could get into one of the snow,hunting cabins so that was a choice. I topped up my waterbottles from the melting snowed streams, tastes fantastic, no stomac problems later. I cycled along the top for about an hour and came across a hotel it was 1030pm still light but my toes were a bit cold. I booked in showered and came down for some hot food with the owner peter who was he said a millionaire from his hyro power side buisness! He asked me if id like a beer we had two each, he said he preferred english beer, this tasted good for me

Some pics from first week. Mountains, fjords, Mr lion and a bear and a swingdance in Oslo!

James has made great progress and is now in Oslo, having averaged around 65-75 miles per day so far through some extremely lumpy terrain.  camping stops on the route have included Dyranut (up in the mountains at 1250 metres), Geilo, Nesbyen and Honefoss. He's having a bit of bother blogging with his phone but emailed these pics over yesterday and today.