I've spent the last 3 months walking across my Motherland, Norway, and I'm still out and about. I've walked about 3500 K thus far, and I have about 1000 K left till my final destination - and the southernmost place in Norway - Lindesnes. Feel free to tag along.
@benedickte's photo: "The walk continues towards #Karasjok and the ocean view will be replaced by trees, mountains and rivers. I've walked 6.1K thus far; 20 to go. #acrossnorway14 www.acrossnorway.com"
@benedickte's photo: "I'm so amazed by the kindness of strangers; last night I was sitting in the bar of an Inn - charging my iPhone - when a guy came over and asked about my backpack. I told him about my trip, and he offered me his flat for the night. So, he slept at a friends place, while I had his flat to myself; I got to take a shower, make rolls for todays walk and sleep in a bed. #Luxury. Now I'm all rested and ready for my walk towards #Karasjok. www.acrossnorway.com #acrossnorway14"
@benedickte's photo: "It's raining cats and dogs down here in the valley, so when I was offered to stay one more night I did - of course - say yes. My legs are ridiculously sore from my 14 hour walk yesterday, so even if the weather were on its best behaviour a rest day wouldn't be a bad thing. I keep being amazed by the hospitality that people show me; the kindness of strangers is simply overwhelming and being out and about truly teaches you to appreciate the smallest thing. Yesterday I had…
Breakfast - the somewhat mandatory oatmeal - is about to be consumed, and I'll start my walk towards in an hour or so. I have 130 K of trees ahead of me, and my body's a bit tired so won't walk too far today;
So, I'm already longing for the ocean. The is beautiful and all, but the air feels heavy and there are Mosquitos the size of helicopters. However, I've managed to keep a pace of 5 km/h - which is fairly good - so if I'm lucky I'll manage about 15
@benedickte's photo: "My feet hurt from yesterday's walk, and I think I'll make today a rest day. I've heard rumours there's a cabin about 5 K away from where I am, so I'll walk there and then take the rest of the day off. The fact that I'll finally be able to leave the road once I reach #Reisadalen is the only thing that keeps me going at this point. Asfalt is not a good friend of mine, so I can't wait to step into the actual 'wilderness'. #acrossnorway14 www.acrossnorway.com"
So, I've been doing my maths, and even though I've been given a lift at two occasions (as a result of the 150 K detour I had to make because of flood in the mountains), I've walked 382 K in ten days. And I have to say I'm fairly satisfied with the effort.
@benedickte's photo: "So, this has been an interesting day. First a journalist showed up and asked if he could interview me; a question to which I surprised myself by saying yes. Once that was done I went to get my long lost mail (!), and checked my inbox on my way there; a certain Norwegian tv channel asked if they could use me and my trip for a story, and I'm about as ambivalent as one can be as to whether I should say yes - or not. I really want to, as I think it's extremely important for…