The Road goes ever on and on; Down from the door where it began;
Now far ahead the Road has gone; And I must follow, if I can;
Pursuing it with eager feet; Until it joins some larger way;
Where many paths and errands met; And whither then? I cannot say.

[JRR Tolkien, Lord of the Rings]

Sunday 25 June 2017

Quick Catch Up

Before I pen a few words about the short walk I took this evening (which will be the next post), here's a little summary of the last week:

It is seven days since we crossed the border into Norway and in that time the main activity has been driving north up the E6 trunk road to our current position which is within 50 miles of the Arctic Circle.

We did pause for 24 hours in Oslo on Monday/Tuesday, into which period we fitted as much sightseeing as we reasonably could.

At Vigeland Sculpture Park

Then there was a night stop in Lillehammer, where on Wednesday morning we walked the 936 steps up to the top of the 1994 Winter Olympic Ski Jump (then we walked the same number back down again):

Next came a big drive up to Trondheim, which we broke with a stop on Wednesday night on the boundary between two National Parks. A gorgeous location, but it was a bit nippy being quite high up:

In Trondeim, on Thursday, we couldn't get a space in the popular motorhome parking area, so after a speedy bit of sightseeing and a few mundane chores, we detoured a small way south for the night, which involved me swimming in a very cold fresh water lake...

...and, the following morning, going for one of the most violently undulating runs of my life.

It was a late change of plan on Friday morning that saw us return to Trondheim and get lucky by finding a space in the hugely oversubscribed motorhome parking area. We took advantage by staying the full 24 hours permitted.

Yesterday (Saturday) after a run along the river, more driving ensued (this may all sound rushed, but we've been on a mission to get into the Artic Circle in time to see the sun not set - we will then slow down as we have seven weeks available to make the return journey). After a short visit to Hell...

We ended our day parked at the top of this:

It blocked out noise from the adjacent road nicely!

That brings us to today, which has been another big driving day (good day for driving, being grey and wet), with a pause in the middle to see this Anthony Gormley sculpture in Mo i Rana:

To my surprise, today has also involved a walk. It wasn't far, but it was spectacular, so I'll pen a few words about that and post a few snaps in the next post.

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