Leaving Mageroya is still something

Trip Start Jul 01, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Friday, August 11, 2006

August 11

Christian had already left quite early has he needed to go consult the nearest dentist which is 200km away in Hammerfest. I woke up a bit later and also later than wanted so I somehow missed the 'morning traffic'. I also felt the burden of having had my feet wet the previous day and having walk a lot by having my nose block and feeling a flu coming over. Anyhow, I prepared and hit the road by foot till the first crossroad out of the village with the help of an old local man who took me over for about 1km.

Then at the crossroad, the traffic was simply inexistent... then I walked further and further reaching the entrance of the first tunnel. Only few cars passed and finally I decided to try out crossing the tunnel by foot... which was a huge mistake!
The tunnel was about 4,2km long and dark and I walked it without having a single car stopping by. By the end, it was simply suffocating with all the exhaust gas, noise and hard 4km continous walk with my heavy back pack in that condition. So I felt like fainting and had to give all my energy to get out which I did but then simply crashed in the nearest grass area seeking fresh air and water. It was an horrible experience and it affected deeply my flu condition which turned even more bad then.

Still having no cars after about one hour of inactivity by the numbing attempt of crossing the tunnel... I got back to walk more and did so for few km until the next settlement having had no cars stopping whatsoever, watching the landscapes and the reindeer was all what's left.
Finally my luck was a norvegian woman who stopped then and picked me for all the way to the crossroad of Hammerfest! My luck. We drove by and she paid the tunnel fees to get out of the island. Then, its been a ride of enjoying the landscape with one stop at an halte where I got my feet and some of the water from the Arctic Ocean.

We also had to stopped few times for the reindeer asleep by the road, especially in one of the tunnel where a troop of reindeer had gathered to get some cold air, shadows and be out of the mosquitos and therefore fully blocking the streets and traffic. I simply went out of the car clapping in my hand in the middle of the cattle and hushing them away which worked and the car could go through.

We stopped in Olderfjord to pick up someone and sillyly, when leaving the trunk had been left open ... when I noticed it it was few km further and we had lost a bag, so we drove back to catch it and then the way back until I came out near Hammerfest to continue on my way in direction of Alta!
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