Ready for the last stretch!

Published 16.09 in category In the Footsteps of Nansen

Today is the 16h of September and I have reached the town of Hamar. Within Tuesday morning I expect to reach Oslo.

In hindsight, I am really glad I made it across the mountains near Geiranger day before yesterday. Yesterday the road I climbed was closed, with snows reaching down to 700 metre altitudes – and as some of you may know, the road across the Geiranger mountains climbs up to more than a thousand metres.

Well, we are allowed a little bit of luck.

Nevertheless I have felt the cold hand of winter today as well. It was snowing when I woke up this morning in Ringebu. The fields were white huge snowflakes were floating down from a very grey sky.

I started this expedition in snowy weather, and now it looks like I will complete my trip in snow as well. I haven’t seen much of the summer, but I have had some incredible experience! That is why I am doing this – for the experience, to gather great memories, and to get close to nature. My own and the one that surrounds me. Summer days in the forest and on the coast, summer days shared with others, that will all have to wait until next year. Well, I’m really not planning to head off to so many places then …

My goal is almost in sight; it feels like it’s just around the corner. It isn’t terribly far from Hamar to Oslo, but traffic is heavy along the main roads – so I’m searching out the narrower secondary roads, which are far more ideal for pedalling a bike. Basically all I have to do is zigzag in a southerly direction, and I should arrive soon enough.

We’ll see if I reach the capital tomorrow evening or Tuesday morning, but it won’t be long before I am home.

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