Today was not a great day, it was a fantastic day! I woke up with Daniel at 8 am while Sandra slept in. Nothing but blues skies and sunshine outside. Brewed some tea, made a fire, and had breakfast in front of the fireplace while Daniel played by himself. What a great relaxing start of the day. If it would have included some morning sex and WI-Fi connection it would have been hard to beat.
Sandra took Daniel to a river for some playing and nice photos while I went biking. I had a fantastic ride. Exhausting but awesome. There are lots of bike trails, or at least tons of trails. Since I can bike on trails where most people can’t even walk it means lots of possibilities. Norway, like Sweden, got something called "Allemansrätten" which means you can basically go anywhere in nature. With or without a mountainbike. Some exceptions are sensitive nature areas where you may not bike. It goes without saying that you may not destroy nature in any way by cutting down trees, bushes, or throwing trash anywhere. Use common sense. You may put up a tent or hang out almost anywhere you want. Even on private land. Conditions are just 50 or 150 meters, can’t remember which, from a private house and you may not stay more than two nights without asking landowner for permission.
My ride took me by a couple of lakes with stunning views. The water was like a mirrorand in the distance I could see the snow covered mountains. Some technical singletrack but mostly walking trails and some gravel roads. Lots of steep uphills and some tricky sections. There were more trails wherever I looked but I had to pace myself since I promised Sandra to be back in three hours. We always tell each other roughly where we will be going and leave a time limit for safety reasons. If we are not back by this time we got eaten by a bear, crashed into an elk, or lay injured in the woods somewhere. Yes I know it’s not ideal to go alone on these adventures but it’s the only way with Daniel. We have to take turns. I love doing adventures with Sandra and I miss this part of our lives. But it’s an insignificant sacrifice. Instead of doing what most people with children do, stop doing their favorite things, we are a bit creative and come up with alternative solutions.
It has rained quite a bit the past few weeks here so the ride included many small stream crossings, plenty of mud, and soaked shoes. The only downside was me taking a wrong turn and having to cary my bike for around 30 minutes over a ridge. But what a great ride. Postcard views in every direction for three hours straight. It reminded me a bit o biking in Utah. We had one of our best vacations ever in Moab, Utah, a few years ago. Biking, hiking and good food for two weeks. It’s impossible to take a bad photo in Utah. Every photo looks amazing with those red rocks and blues skies. In Norway there are no red rocks but there are lakes, blues skies, and mountains everywhere.
I got back just inside the three hour limit, exhausted and HUNGRY. It was Daniels naptime but he was too excited to sleep. After trying for 15 minutes in his travel crib I took him for a walk in the carriage. He was asleep after 30 seconds……… I don’t know what Sandra did to him during her river outing but he napped for almost three hours. This is very unusual. Perhaps the ulta clean Norwegian air does something to him?
The afternoon was marked for a family bike ride. We put Daniel in the bike seat and headed out for a trip around Gålåvatnet. We rode mostly on gravel roads and some regular roads to be gentle to Daniel. He seemed to enjoy it. There was no wind and the lake was beautiful. The fields had that smell of freshly cut grass. After 20 km. we were back for dinner and relaxing. Sandra headed up to the main lodge with the laptop to check some mails and make a few calls on Skype. I put Daniel to bed and relaxed with the Crichton book. It’s a very intense book, one of the best fiction’s I’ve read in a while
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