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Heading to the Midnight Sun (Day 29)

Heading to the Midnight Sun. A Velomobile Trip with Brigitte and Fritz.

Germany > Denmark > Norway > North Cape (Nordkapp) > Finland > Germany

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Day 29 | Furøy - Naustholmen | 119 KM | 1161 HM

 

It is a bit late because of the very long waiting time of 3.5 h at the ferry. The ferry only runs every 8 hours since there is a long tunnel through which we were not allowed to pass. Until then it was very nice and lonely to drive.

 

The drivers turn off very early. Biggi had wondered why there was no oncoming traffic from the ferry.

 

A colourful house in stripes. He couldn't decide on the colour or was that Chuck Norris who just took them all?

 

I had already seen a truck like that yesterday. I didn't know it was possible to transport live fish.

 

Ferry terminal coming up. There were only two motorcyclists there. It's dead at the ferry terminal. It's 11:00 and the next ferry leaves at 14:25, so our goal of reaching Bodø today is a long way off. Well, you can't always be lucky with waiting times.

 

After the Norwegian motobikers had left, Mauro arrived on a road bike in bike packing mode. Unlike us, he hadn't stopped in the Coop before. I had asked the nice shop assistants in the Coop for coffee and one of them had made us a pot. For free. We bought two muffins and soon moved on. There was also a very clean toilet. Anyway, Mauro had hurried to make sure he didn't miss the ferry. But he hadn't informed himself exactly like we had. There he was, just like us. But he was very interested in the velomobile. And as an engineer, all the advantages were already clear to him without explanation. He really wanted to take a test ride. Afterwards we decided to have lunch together. Soon a very nice family from Hanover joined us. We made a "delicious" instant coffee with our new gas cooker. The family added milk. Mauro wanted his coffee without milk, of course. After the first sip he changed his mind. The main thing was warm. It was quite draughty at the jetty. We soon put on long clothes. Then we tasted some of his Norwegian sweetish, creamy brown cheese. You can eat it. But you don't have to. He got some of our reindeer sausage instead. It's quite tasty. The family got the rest of the milk back plus our burnt burner plus a safety bottle. We plan to pick it up on our way back from Hanover. That's already a big support for us. A little more packing space and the parts come home. He was "already" the second Italian on our trip. Both of them had quit their jobs and set off for the first time. And both have already met. Funnily enough, the first one was born 10 km below the col agnello we crossed last year (The Mountainous One). Strange coincidences like that.

 

A little later, we were joined by a couple who were also on their way to the North Cape. We were all united by the fact that we were all having difficulties with our bikes. The bottom bracket of one of the bikes was about to give up the ghost. On the Italian's rear wheel, several things were out of order. Mine was the rear derailleur.

 

When the ferry finally arrived, a queue of cars had built up. The ferry then lowered the long hatch and all the cars stood there with the boot facing forwards. Three cars and a few cyclists went down and only three cars were allowed on. Then it was full. That meant the rest of the queue of cars were allowed to wait or go to the tunnel. And they gave us a lift. Otherwise I would have hijacked the ferry.

 

In Ornes we drove on, while the others wanted to try their luck in a bicycle shop.

 

Our route was very flat at first. And it drizzled in between. The mountain peaks were hidden in the clouds.

 

Then came two higher climbs. In one, the walls were almost completely covered. You're a velomobilist if you recognise the tunnel as fully clad and wonder if it's possible to ride through it faster.

 

3100 m long. Strange this length and so straight that you lose the feeling for the route. The speedometer shows nothing.

 

On the way we overtook a couple on a world tour. Each had luggage for two. They too have quit their jobs.

 

Here in the countryside, Norwegians meet at the grocery shop and chat animatedly.

 

We found a beautifully situated campsite today. It's cheap, too, at 150 NOK. Quite unusual to pay in cash. But there was only one shower and toilet for everyone. There were only a handful of people on the site.

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⬆️ T2, many original equipment of this time, old Primus cooker, chairs and the pullover looks also from this area / T2, viele Originalgeräte aus dieser Zeit, alter Primus-Kocher, Stühle und der Pullover sieht auch aus dieser Gegend aus / T2, beaucoup d'équipements originaux de l'époque, la vieille cuisinière Primus, les chaises et le pull-over semblent également provenir de cette région

⬆️ Morning / Morgen / Matin

⬆️ Fish transporter / Fisch-Transportfahrzeug / Transporteur de poissons

⬆️ Tunnel, not for cyclists / Tunnel, nicht für Radfahrer / Tunnel, pas pour les cyclistes

⬆️ The damaged derailleur / Das beschädigte Schaltwerk / Le dérailleur endommagé

⬆️ This was broken / Diese wurde gebrochen / Celui-ci a été cassé

⬆️ Mauro is testing my Alpha 7 / Mauro testet meine Alpha 7 / Mauro teste mon Alpha 7

⬆️ Full ferry / Volle Fähre / Ferry complet

⬆️ A cover tunnel / Ein Deckeltunnel / Tunnel de couverture

⬆️ The tunnels are strange if you always ride straight ahead / Die Tunnel sind seltsam, wenn man immer geradeaus fährt / Les tunnels sont étranges si l'on roule toujours tout droit.

⬆️ A couple on tour around the world / Ein Paar auf Weltreise / Un couple en tournée autour du monde

⬆️ Meeting at grocery / Treffen im Lebensmittelgeschäft / Réunion à l'épicerie

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2022 VELOMOBILE ROAD TRIP: 35 DAYS WITH BRIGITTE AND FRITZ (EN/DE/FR)

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