Mon-Wed Aug 18-20
Today - 0 km
Total – 2228 km
Average 30.9 km/day
Number of days stranded
Numbers of rest-days
Gale to storm. Constant rain.
Super porridge, pancakes, coffee, chocolate
Gas station’s biggest hamburger
Home-made pizza at Elin Rokstad’s home.
Stranded again. Hard winds and lots of rain forecasted. It is no idea even trying to get further since we have to have good weather in order to pass the infamous Stadhavet (Stad Sea). We therefore decide to stay in Larsnes to able able to shop food, shower and do laundry. The latter turns out to be more difficult than expected.
We start Monday by sleeping in before checking out the town. There is a small library with internet connection, allowing us to blog, and we manage to sneak into the local gym to get a shower. Our clothes are dirty, damp and smelly, and there is no public laundry service in Larsnes. We ask around at the gas station, the kiosk, food store – no result. We contact Håkon whom we met the other day in Brandal, and soon a rumor spreads about our need. It goes as far as a journalist who calls us for an interview spreads the message and finally there is a result: The Town Hall has a washing machine that we can borrow. We get help from Elin Rokstad who also offers to dry our clothes to the next morning. Finally, clean clothes! The same evening, Elin passes our tent and asks if we don’t want to change the tent for a warm bed. Yes please!
Elin and her husband Björn live in Gursken on the other side of the mountain. High up on the mounthainside they overlook the fjord. We are invited to home-made pizza, wafers and coffee. It tastes wonderful! Björn tells us stories about Stad (pronounced “statt”). It is almost always windy, and the sea is tougher than in most other places. In the old days boats were carried across the peninsula rather than rounding it in hard weather. Even today modern boats experience problems in this area and therefore the first boat tunnel is being prospected for passage through the peninsula. Tomorrows forecast looks promising, however, with winds fo around 6 m/s, meaning 2 meter swells – better than the 5 meter waves the day before yesterday. We check out possible “safety spots” on the peninsula. There are a couple of bays we could enter if going gets rough, but for two of them we would probably have to “sulf land”, of which we have no experience but may get use for pour drift anchors to avoid unintended surf close to land. We are a bit nervous as we go to bed. How tough will it be as we cross the most dangerous waters in Norway?