We spent the day scrambling up a mountain near our camp site. The view from the top was amazing, a large drop on one side of the ridge into the valley below. We glisaded down a narrow snowfield for a hasty bite to eat. Emily and David headed down another route while Chris and I jogged back to our camp site to pack up and walk to the car with Frances who was waiting there. Luckily, Chris and I had our grippy shoes on which enabled us to walk down near vertical rock faces. At least that’s what we told ourselves as we pounded across the granite rocks.
We picked Emily and David up from another lake, had a quick dip, some apelsin saft and headed back to Bodo. We’re on the ferry currently, heading to Moskenes.
Later on: We are camping by a lake in Moskenes and have feasted on pasta with delicious sauce and salmon steaks.
We picked up a rental car today and went for a drive. Visited the nearby maelstrom. It’s a big swirling current in the fiord that is created by water rushing in or out during the changing tides. Pretty but not as magnificent as we had imagined. Emily was imagining ships being sucked into a swirling vortex of seething water. Instead a power boat cruised up through the calm patch in the middle. Still, nice swirls.
We walked a few minutes from the road to a nice lake and are camping near it. I’ve decided that Norway really is quite dry at this time of year. It still hasn’t rained significantly since I arrived and we camped on a carpet of dry moss. It would be good for cycle touring.
The orienteering is over. Chris came 4th overall and was the best ‘norwegian’ which amused us greatly. I DNF’ed after calculating that the rate at which I was finding controls would mean that I’d be out for over three hours.
We will hire a car tomorrow and drive around for a few days returning to Bodo and then heading back to Trondheim.
We had a middle distance course today. Navigation was trickier than the last two days; there are steeper hills and many cliffs. The vegetation was denser too but a bonus was that the views during the event were amazing. The event began from the top of a hill that many people climb to to see the midnight sun. The view north is out over the sea and the coast can be seen stretching into the distance. There are also a collection of little islands popping out of the water.
Chris came 2nd today with only 50 seconds between him and the winner. I mad some more navigational blunders and finished about the same time as yesterday at approximately 1 hr 22 s. Emily had a mixed run helping her mum to a few of the controls and then getting distracted when we called out to her from the finish line. David and Frances were not over-joyed by their runs. I was asked twice were I was on the map by people who were lost. Once at the end of a period of lostness that caused me to hunt around on the wrong cliff.
We are in Bodo and arrivied at our campsite last night, meeting Emily’s parents at the airport. Our abode is a little red shack with rickety windows. It doesn’t fit five so I am camping around the back. We were awoken today and yesterday by passenger and military jets stretching their legs.
Emily has bought a pair of light weight clown boots to tramp in for our trip to Slovenia. She foolishly listened to Chris who convinced her that red is a good colour for boots. To be honest, they do look styly but she’d look better if she had a red nose, baggy pants, and face paint.
A better day for Mr Forne today. He posted a second place finish. I made a 26 minute mistake near the end of my course and Emily had a 2 hour plus finish.