Approaching 70 degrees Latitude – further north than Iceland. 22nd July.

On reaching Nordkapp I would have cycled across 35 degrees of Latitude. On many occasion it has not been a straight northerly route, rather a meandering line frequently travelling both east and west and at times, south. Tomorrow morning I should pass an unusual sign confirming that it is only 370 km to Nordkapp – more in the day’s to follow.

Today I’ve covered 90 miles and have arrived in a remote area. Back on the E6 through necessity, as there are no alternatives, it is now relatively free of traffic. I pushed on to a tiny place called Tretta, a little NE of Storslett, in part because of the weather forecast for Wednesday, (three days ahead). The road from Alta, the last remaining larger town before Nordkapp and Olderfjord is over 100km of exposed and deserted tundra. The plan is to arrive at least in Skaldi by Tuesday night. Again this puts me two days ahead of schedule, but better to be ahead of time than hunkered down in bad weather further south.

With a huge hotel buffet breakfast hardly confined in my stomach and a substantial lunch, from the same source that happened to find it’s way onto my bag, I cycled over the bridge from Tromso, (the only bridge so far where anti suicide precautions have been erected). Passing Tromso’s sail like cathedral, I first avoided the E6 using Cycle Route 1, but was soon directed onto the it again. Then came the peace and beauty of the 91 and two ferries. I raced to catch the first and the second was just arriving in the pretty town of Lyngseidet as I lingered to look at these attractions.

Now arrived at the point where any form of transport would be kinder on the rump.

The locals seem friendly enough.

Marrying up to go north on the E6 again at Olderdalen, I had soon covered the day’s distance and seen some great sights.

Views to the mountains on Lyngsfjellan.

Misty around a lake on high ground, below which the Sorkjos runs.

Raised salt bins indicator the depth of snow in winter.

Avalanche management to keep the E6 open for longer during the winter.

Tonight’s ‘home’ is a large roadside rest area beside a broad river with picnic tables in amongst trees beneath an impressive crag. Even a loo is provided. Add a shower and it would surpass many official camp sites.

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