Day 19 - Hafslo to Elverum

Trip Start May 20, 2013
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Trip End Jul 05, 2013


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Flag of Norway  , Eastern Valleys,
Friday, June 7, 2013

After being entertained at about 2300 by the farm machinery man taking his tractor away and the truck driver swapping over his skips, the parking place was very quiet indeed overnight.
What appears to be an insect bite on Alison's left big toe had swollen up during the night and has become quite painful. She can't get her shoes or sandals on comfortably, so I lent her my crocs. Hopefully it will soon get better.

We headed north, skirting the Lustrafiord. Then after Skjolden the Magic Bus went climbing again, up to 1440m and well above the snow line. We chanced upon the Swedish Cross Country Ski Team bus and a few hairpins later we found people setting up the course and practising for what looks like being an international skiing competition. In June? Well there is certainly enough snow.

We had earlier decided to skip Trondheim and head east back to Sweden. However during our lunch stop near Lom we were approached by a German motor homer, who asked to look at our map. He said that the main road to Trondheim was 'gesperrt' (blocked) in two places, and he was trying to put together a diversion that would get him to Trondheim and the Atlantic Road. I couldn't work out why the road was blocked, but it may have been a land slip. My German reaches its linguistic limits pretty quickly.

As well as giving our German chum a navigational headache, the blocked road also meant that our original plan to turn north on the E6 for a while before heading Sweden-wards was, to use the technical term, 'oot ra windae'. So we turned south and headed towards Lillehammer, host city of the 1994 Winter Olympics.

We were just passing Lillehammer when the phone rang. Daughter Maggie had been shopping at Braehead when she noticed coolant underneath the car. We diverted into Lillehammer railway station car park, while I tried (unsuccessfully) to diagnose the extent of the problem. Instant worldwide communication, eh. What did we do before we had it? Be more self reliant? Or am I being Luddite? The last we heard was that a friend's uncle had been persuaded to help. Then Maggie's battery went flat. On the phone, not the car.

We continued south and turned left through Elverum. Alison felt that as this was going to be our last night in Norway, we should lash out, and eat out. However, when we looked at the menus and found out that a cafe style meal would cost about £70, she had second thoughts.

So we find ourselves in a car park beside a lake, nature reserve and swimming place. With toilets. We've had sausages, potatoes, home made coleslaw, followed by carrot cake. There are quite a few families wild camping (in tents) round the lake. We originally stopped here just for tea, but we will probably spend the night here. Lots of midgey mosquitoey type insects around so the midge netting might get a stern test tonight. There are lots of signs on the main road warning that this area is a 'major elk highway' so who knows what other wildlife we will see.

Mileage 2794.
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