Day 5: Mo i Rana to Harstad
Weather: Rain, rain, cold wind and rain
Temperature: Another day of top-up, heater on weather
Today we passed the Arctic Circle, taking us yet further towards our
destination. With only three days to go we are seeing more and more
snow on the mountains and the temperature has been getting decidedly
chillier. Todays drive took us first over the Korgen mountain where
we stopped for a photo session at the Arctic Circle Center. Most of
the teams hastily retreated to the cafe for cups of steaming cocoa.
The weather outside was rather more than most had bargained for, with
warm clothes and windproof jackets being rather less than warm enough.
Some hardy souls still insist on driving top down, respect due to them!
Todays leg included an hours journey by ferry, and it was on the last
kilometres to the ferry-stop that disaster struck. 5 of the cars were
caught in a speed trap. Four were fined and one Norwegian driver lost his
licence. Luckily the other drivers got word of this
dastardly attempt to foil our endevour and managed to elude entrapment.
The speed trap was set up in a 60 km/h zone, on a stretch of fine road
with virtually no traffic at all. The drivers were clocked at between
82 and 96 km/h. For the driver with the largest fine we had a quick
collection and paid off the evil captors. A black day indeed, setting
a damper on what had until now been most excellent fun. Still, we will
reach the cape, with this experience in mind.
"Press on, regardless!"
This is what the roads looked like today...