Catching up on a lot of fast travel recently from the end of August/beginning of September. One of the highlights for me was going up to Lillehammer, Norway a few weeks ago.
The 1994 Lillehammer Winter Games was one my favorite Olympics I watched while growing up.
In addition to enjoying watching the various competitions (I've always been a bit of a sports nut), one of the things I looked forward to the most out of the Olympic broadcasts in this, and every other year, was the background and human interest stories about the athletes, and about the host country/city.
I probably watched literally every single night during this Olympics, and while I don't really recall any of those background stories broadcast from these games 24 years ago offhand (except for the whole Nancy Kerrigan-Tonya Harding stuff), learning and absorbing stuff about Norway clearly left its mark on me in a, 'yea I would like to visit this country some day' sort of way.
Well, it took a while, but fast forward to today, and Norway has become one of my favorite places to visit (I've lost count how many times I've been there), and a few weeks ago was my first time in the town of Lillehammer - where my initial inspiration came from.
This photo here is from the top of the ski jump arena Lysgårdsbakken, which served as the venue for various ski jump and Nordic combined events, as well as the Opening and Closing Ceremonies during the Games.
You can get up to this point here via ski lift, or for a nice workout, you can walk the 936 steps to the top, as it seems many of the locals take advantage of.
Obviously it looks a little different without snow, but one can still practice their jumps here in summertime. ⛷️🇳🇴🌄
Journey journal: Northern Sweden and Norway
Traveled so far: 2362 km biking + 602 km hiking
Day 87 Aspelund - Brandvoll
75 km biking
I applied the remaining patches to the tent and then I was off. I didn't mention this before but going with Hurtigruten from Havøysund to Finnsnes, I also went from autumn to late summer. Today I started seeing some signs of autumn again, on account of traveling further inland.
The road I'm on now is very busy, being the only one connecting the northern part of the country with the rest. So I was very happy to find a little detour on a dirt road in a valley with beautiful shades of yellow, orange and red next to a calm river.
After crossing the bridge pictures above, I got back to the E6 (highway). There's so much traffic that I occasionally stop to let convoys pass me. There's only one lane in each direction and Norwegians are (thankfully) very careful with cyclists so they rather slow down behind you than overtake you. At one point in a climb I realized I was holding back a military convoy transporting tanks among other things. Must've looked funny seeing all those military vehicles carefully cruising at 10 km/h after a lone cyclist. As I realized they were behind me I stopped to let them pass. Got a lot of smiles and waves from the female soldiers. Not as many from the guys 😂
I got the same type attention at the supermarket. I guess men in tights are an uncommon occurrence around military bases.
The campsite I found was in a military practice area but there were no camping restrictions so I went for it.