Hating Nina and playing naked in the rain
Trip Start Feb 02, 2010
97Trip End Feb 02, 2011
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Last night I made some dinner and Felix had a little look at Nina but couldn’t find the reason she wasn’t going
At four AM it was fully light and the rain had stopped. Felix got up and started looking at the bike again and I got a little more sleep. A few hours later when I got up and started making breakfast Felix was still trying to make things work but with no obvious reason for why they had gone wrong or a way to make it better. Later in the day he told me how he had been wishing to have the bike fixed and wake me up to a hot breakfast to lift my mood.
We were both feeling pretty low. Felix because he could see the problem was a bent - and therefore leaking - valve, but had no idea how it had happened or how to fix or replace it
In the afternoon however our spirits were marginally lifted when we walked five kilometres into Dokka and forgot about Nina for a while. As we were walking to town we found some wild strawberries. After the experience in Italy where the wild strawberries were horrible tasting or simply bland, we were a little dubious about wild strawberries but Solveig had assured us Norwegian ones were very good. And so right she was, these were wonderful, most were a little under ripe but the ones that were perfect had such an amazing flavour, exactly like synthetic strawberry flavour. It was so enjoyable to forage for berries, I may have even cracked a smile (Felix says I actually smile allot more than you would believe from reading the blog - he thinks that writing the blogs about Nina concentrates my anger and frustration so much that I forget to remember the happy times in between and to write about them)
In Dokka we did some shopping and found some free wireless internet on the street where we did some research on finding new parts for Nina and discovered a new Ural dealership had opened in a town called Lillehammer, only fifty kilometres away with a bus running right from Dokka to Lillehammer. All sounded pretty good. Felix was feeling very optimistic and happy again, I however was not so sure that this could turn out okay so easily.
On the walk back, it started raining, yet it was still so warm and humid. We were sweating quite a lot so we stopped at a stream on our little forest path and had a naked wash in the very, very crisp water, in the rain. It would have looked so funny to anyone walking past, had someone been out in the forest that night. Two naked people crouching in a stream next to a small logging coup that gave the whole scene a very post-apocalyptic theme, washing in the rain surrounded by dead grass and bushes. It was quite fun and funny.
After washing, it was still raining so we walked back still naked carrying our shopping and other stuff on a stick between us. My gosh it would have been a sight had anyone come around the corner
We took a piece just off the track into the forest and resting on some stumps made a fire on it. Then we took another piece and stood it up turning it into a little shelter. It was now pouring rain, it was bucketing down and we were scurrying though the forest, still naked collecting sticks to keep the fire going in the rain. Eventually the rain did stop and we dried off in the wonderful, wonderful warmth of the fire. It was so good to stand by a fire. It was so nice even getting molested by mosquitos wasn’t so bad. So under a sky that was now almost perfectly clear we got into new clean clothes and into a warm snug bed.