Tuesday 24/7 : Tromsø – Ramsfjordmoen motorstadion (33,5 km)
Wednesday 25/7 : Ramsfjordmoen motorstadion – Djupvik (64,3 km – 757m D+)
Monday evening, we slept on a day and night camping in the city center of Tromsø so that I would be able to go to the public libary Tuesday morning to use the wifi and write a newsletter. Norwegian libraries are very well equipped with coffee and beverage machines and sufficient desks and space to work and read. Moreover, personnel is very friendly and attentive.
Before I left Tromsø, I decided to first go to a cycle repair shop because my gears began to slip through. A local had recommended the Basecamp cycle and ski shop, so I went up there. The owner showed me that the blades I use most were completely worn out, so the two gear units and the chain had to be replaced. One part was not available, but the helpful man took his motorbike and went to a huge shop at the outskirts of the city to buy one. Around 18hrs, everything was fixed and I set out with perfectly functioning gears. A real relieve after all the trouble I had had before.
Because it was already so late, I only cycled some 33 km and we spent the night in a broad valley near a motorbike stadion that the Basecamp owner had recommended as a safe free camping spot.
Wednesday morning, the day started sunny with a brisk wind. The first 22 km continued through the valley to Breivikseidet, where we had to take a ferry to Svensby. In Svensby it began to rain and it didn’t stop raining until I reached Lyngsydet 23 km further, where we had to take a ferry to Olderdalen. Fortunately, the rain had stopped by the time we reached Olderdalen, so the final 20+ km I remained dry.
Due to low-hanging clouds in the afternoon, most pics look rather grey. We found a quiet camping spot near an unused camping and witnessed another fantastic deep-orange midnight sun spectacle behind the misty mountains.