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What we learned:
-Norways nature is stuning
-Maut system sucks
-Even with maut street the limit is usually 90km/h
-You need time to get around because it is so beautiful and you wanna stop everywhere and because driving limit is around 80km/h
- Yes, norway is expensive.
- There are no isolated lakes or places actually. Huts and houses are ...
... push for Lyngdal, where we knew there was a nice campground to have a rest day. Throughout the trip, I've been following a couple of blogs from cyclists who have previously completed the North Sea cycle route. This always gives us some indication of the terrain to expect ahead and any nice campgrounds they may have stayed at. It's so interesting though, each cyclist's perception of a hard cycling day is determined by so many things-the weather, how many kms you've been covering over ...
... you. Bikes fixed we then went on to tackle what I believe were the hardest and longest climbs of this little adventure of ours. Up, down, then up again. Never ending. As if God himself was watching, just as we came to the final 10 miles of the day, the heavens opened adding even more drama to the occasion. But we got through it. Just. Chaz is lying next to me sleeping. I'm sure he's dreaming about the hamburger and beer we will be treating ourselves for dinner ...
... suddenly with no maps. Being true adventurers we decided that we didn't need maps anyhow and used the "as long as the sea is on our right hand side, we'll be fine" policy which worked out amazingly well. We stopped for our first lunch at midday admiring the views of the sea. Just to give an insight into our rigorous diet plan, my meal of choice is honey, peanut butter and banana ...
Left Grenen and drove to Hirtshals, to catch the ferry. Stocked up on more food - Norway more expensive than Denmark, we are told. Free WiFi in the library car park outside shop. Smooth crossing, 3 hours, on huge RoRo ferry, our 5th ferry ride and into our 13th country, (some twice.) Denmark is horizontal (flat with a few rolling hills, green and restful). Norway is vertical (except the fiords) and spectacular. We drove from the ferry along the south west coast, ...