Gubbangen Sports Complex - School

Trip Start Apr 29, 2006
Trip End Nov 15, 2007

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Friday, June 16, 2006

After 'Mary' (our Navman navigator, who's had a sex change and is now a Navwoman) lead us on a wild goose chase around Stockholm, under low bridges, one being only 2.4m whilst our car is 2.37m, (with the tyres pumped up) we had to make a decision where we would camp up for the night, the caravan park had obviously been moved! Lynn spotted some caravans in the distance so we headed in that direction, this was on a Thursday. We drove confidently in the gates and stopped next to some other caravans to ask where the local CP was. The owners didn't know so I asked what they were doing there. They said they were camping there until Monday as their kids were playing handball in a state competition. They told us where the toilets were, the showers and lockers, subway, shops and said they didn't mind if we stayed there too. There were also many marquees and smallish soccer nets and lots of lines marked for the courts. By Friday there were many more caravans and we didn't feel so conspicuous. There must have been 5,000 individuals at the Gubbangen Sports Complex for the week-end and as we were leaving after 2 days it was a bit of a maneuver to get the campers off the oval and back onto the road.

Our big road map is getting quite wrecked from use; Mary doesn't know everything, so we have to check up on her from time to time, and to plan our route off course.

We're enjoying the sunshine now and just a few days ago in Skodje, Sweden we had a blanket free night by the lake (the one where I got the car bogged). We drove only 400 kilometers down the road where it was so cold, it was definately a 3 dog night and a woolen hat to boot. Des had to laugh when he got up in the night because all he could see of me was a bump in the bed and my nose.

I've had to cut all my nails off as they were all breaking, chipping, cracking and bending back everyday. Tucking the canvas in of the camper on a cold day is painful on the hands as the canvas is brittle. It just folds away like butter on a sunny day.

We've noticed that the wind gusts here. We seem to have whole days or half days which are windy in Oz. Here it can be perfectly calm when all of a sudden a gust of wind will pick up and persist for about 15 minutes or so then totally disappear.

After we left Norway behind, we moved fairly quickly through Sweden to arrange ferries to Finland, St Petersburg and Estonia.

I've included some nice pictures of Stockholm before we move on for you.
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