Written 27th July
Of course it was all fine and Jules heroically made it all the way to town without so much as a single hiccup - we even got up to 70mph in one tunnel, although i'm not sure you're supposed to be able to go faster with the engine switched off than with it on... :) - clever little van. Bit of an anticlimax really, I was all psyched up for a hitchhiking adventure, and it would have made for much more interesting reading than the trouble free motoring saga you're getting at the moment :)
We did manage to fit 55l of petrol into a notionally 50l tank though, so maybe the hitchhiker karma was swinging in our favour... :)
A bit of a walk for the view
and an unexpected view of norweigan summer transport
before back on the road where we unexpectedly found a beach, just at the turn for Henningsvaer, the next of our planned fishing village stops.
But the clouds came down again :( so the epic landscape through which the road winds and sweeps was just lacking that extra sparkle.
A night in Eggum, a recommended midnight sun watching spot where we were hoping for a nice sunset at least, resulted in some pretty harbour and beach pictures
but no sun and even worse - although not strictly Eggum's fault - we found we had run out of gas :( all the baltic state's rice in the world won't help you save money if you can't cook it! So bread and tomato olive oil for dinner and bread and honey for desert, although 'honey art' to make it more interesting - a recent lunch theme as well - who says you shouldn't play with your food... :)
But in the morning, even worse, no tea. We had been doing really well on the tea front. Back home it was five cups a day and serious withdrawal symptoms without. However, having run out in Ile de Re, for most of western france, we were tealess and the enforced cold turkey seemed to have cured the addiction such that, at a rate of one per day (shared) the 160 teabags my mother smuggled out of the UK at New Year looked set to last us all the way home. But then we had our unexpected trip home which bumped up both my body's expected caffein levels and the teabag stock so we have been back up to a whole two cups a day and today, in the absence of tea for a whole two hours since I woke up, I found I had a tea craving and a headache :( not good, especially as coffee is so expensive we can't get our fix another way...
apparently the first workshop in northern Norway, completely different style of stuff than the one in Henningsvaer but still fascinating and beautiful stuff -
we wandered for a bit anyway, saw the typical houses
And when we came back to the van, we met yet more Swiss van-dwellers - is there actually anyone left in Switzerland? Has anyone checked? They all seem to be on the road!. Well to be strictly honest, they are actually motorhomers, having originally wanted to be van dwellers but having decided that, as two very strong characters, they might stand a better chance of coming home still talking to each other after their year away if they went for something bigger :) even after our assurances that Jules is bigger on the inside than it appears by looking in through the window - especially when it's tidy which it isn't particularly right now - I think they were still convinced they made the right choice, me? I still believe this is the only way to travel! :)
They are right at the beginning of their trip having spent a month getting this far through Sweden and Norway - where they are currently accompanied for three weeks by some friends who are just on holiday - and are planning on heading north, then down through Finland and across to the Baltics from there - pretty much our trip in reverse - so they have so much to look forward to! We spent some time swapping travelling tales and things we enjoyed before it was just too cold to stand around outside anymore so we bid them farewell and headed for the ferry.
pathetic isn't it
But we know there is gas in the town on the other side of the water so it will all be better in just a few short hours.... Won't it??
I can confirm it is better but only after being much, much worse. The boat was late, the sea was rough so I spent two of the three hours in a semi comatose state of seasickness - what a waste of expensive fish and chips that would have neen but at least it made me forget about the tea withdrawal though, there's always an upside! - and it was getting light again by the time we got into Bodo on the otherside. But, we have gas, and milk! Hurrah for 24h Shell petrol stations!
We have slept well, the sun is amost shining and I am on my second cup of delicious tea. Mmmmm tea, sweet, sweet tea....