At last a roof!

Trip Start Jul 01, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

August 15

Getting back on the road down south and crossing the Polar circle.

The way has been pretty long and the sleep pretty short. Brengt woke up early to place everything back in order in the car to make sure there would be place for me and my bags, which succeeded. Finally we left quite early in the morning on the road heading south in the swedish Lappland, stopping at the first village -Pajala- to eat something at the local fast-food 'hesburger' at the bus station area, where I simply took some fries and got spray all over by the ketchup pump... what else could I expected of being dirty from the last days on the road than add some ketchup on my clothes.

Then we got back on the road and try to reach more south, we finally reached the Polar circle and pass south of it but also stopped there and fell asleep on the car for few hours especially for me as the whole ride was rather numb with the hot sun to amplify it.

Back on the road later we stopped at a funny truck stop along the road nearby Overkalix which was full of Antics of all sorts. We had tea and I used the time to enjoy the sun and the view of the pretty beautiful girl working there, which revealed being the owner's daughter. But well it was only looking and later I left there again so, with more drive we reached Kalix at last where Brengt was going from shop to shop to do all the stuff he needed to (bank, post, his ex-wife...) which was pretty long and at last we drove to the rural area to arrive at his friend's place Bent(HC:benrei), We discussed and found it funny that he was as well a HC member as I arrived like this at his place. We would be sleeping there for the night and we prepared the room. It was late afternoon when we arrived so We simply relaxed at first and then I helped a bit with emptying the car and with some task for the renovation of the house. Finally after supper the discussion went on with a beer about local history and other thing. A good shower and I went to a welcome sleep.
August 16

We woke up pretty early again, prepared and finally we didnt leave before later around 9h-10h. Then we stopped at Haparenna for some more business stuff which made it long and from this part of the trip I took the wheel to drive in Sweden and then Finland all the way to Oulu.

By noon, we also stopped at a little pizza place along the road and finally I only reached a service station south of Oulu by the end of the afternoon which wasnt going to help. Then I waited there after having said goodbye to Brengt and my attempt to go south wasnt looking fine until a man going south but in direction of Raahe and then in the countryside approached me. I took the ride thinking of catching the highway to Jyvaskyla further south then.

The good thing is that while we stopped to tank, I got the good idea to go get some food which will reveal extremely usefull! Finally, after the long ride I got out in Nivala and it revealed more difficult especially as dusk was approaching. Its finally then that I got a ride to the next village of Haapajarvi arriving to it by night fall.
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