Day 6

June 14th 23.20

BIKE ON!

I woke up convinced that I needed to bike this leg of the trip since it was not about where I would be setting up camp but rather the road I would take to get there, 130km of the coastline.

IMG_6128I felt strong crawling out of my tent which is not the normal feeling these days, maybe was the ocean of fish I ate last night. I set up breakfast, outdoing the waffle breakfast with raekjusalat!!!!!!

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Quick stop at the gas station for sunscreen and espresso and full speed ahead. Maybe is more accurate to say “ahead” only 🙂 nonetheless I still got a big thumbs up from a motorcyclist as I was peddling out of town.

I actually was moving along at a good pace averaging under 3min/km in the morning session. After about 40km I pulled in for a foto opportunity and Godis (not sure which I appreciated more🙂)

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Back on the bike heading up the next incline I saw for the first time on the trip another biker. I was no longer alone! I had to share the island with another. Things were getting cramped. I decided a statement needed to be made so I quickly made up the ground and past him on the incline offering a friendly hello. The gauntlet was now laid and I could get on with more useful things… finding a good spot for lunch.

I think I managed too…

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After packing up the tuna cans and filling the water bottles up with waterfall water I began to mount up when my newly found nemesis had caught up and pulled in.

But who can be upset at a Belgian cyclist who inflates your ego telling you that you ride well and at a much better pace than himself …. a new best friend!!! 🙂 We chatted for a little bit but I needed to get on since half the road was still ahead.

I peddled on until 50km left … Checking the map again I again confirmed nobody really cares about the shortest distance between two points!!!

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Here is where Mother Nature decided to mess with me again. I expected the first section to be tough since the wind was in my face but once done I had figured I would enjoy a wind boosted 35km to the finish. How wrong I was !! I do not know how it is possible wind can flip directions but there was nothing “aided” in the last km”s…. well over 2 hrs of pushing to cross the finish line. An extremely satisfying day nonetheless since was filled with constant phenomenal views…

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But it left its mark as well 🙂

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The good of what little remained of the day was a great meal of the local trout followed by Brännvin for medicinal purposes:)

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The bad of what’s left is NO NETWORK!!! So as I lie here with my tent rattling in the wind I will have to wait until morning and restaurant wi-fi to load it. Now is time to put this broken body to bed.

Goodnight!

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