Tuesday July 10 : Nesna – Haugland (80 km)
Tuesday’s ride from Nesna to Haugland was a long one of 80 km. It was breathtaking, not only the scenery but also the very fast descent — after an equally heavy and slow ascent — and the passage through a long, fairly dark en moist tunnel. Right before Haugland, we stopped at a panoramic viewpoint to take some more pictures. Anywhere you look or go here at the Norwegian coast, the views are equally impressive and fotoshoot-worthy…
Because the Belgian Red Devils soccer team was to play its half-final against France in the evening, we wanted to stay at a camping to watch the match. We arrived at the camping around 19:30 and found a signpost ‘CLOSED – STENGT’ at the entrance. We did not understand how this could be possible in the middle of the touristic high season. The next camping a Kilboghamn was 16 km and various steep climbs further, too far for my tired legs. So we entered the camping to ask whether we could not stay there without using the facilities, although, after three nights of camping in the wild and poor wash-ups with cold water, I longed for a warm shower. We met with the totally dejected camping owner, who told us he has had to close down his camping in the afternoon by force of a legal order. About 1,5 years ago, he had entered into a contract with a company that had very recently been taken over by an East Bloc company, and they wanted him out right away. A strange story, but the poor man was totally dispirited.
Since it was so late, we decided not to try and find a camper site, but parked on the parking of the school above the village, right at the foot of the mountain range. This was a wise decision, because we witnessed an marvellous sunset and around midnight, three mooses walked over the school’s soccer field where Els had parked the camper.