Day 7: Tromsų to Alta
Alta museum, dedicated to the preservation of ancient rock-carvings. I'll
have to check up on the facts here, but under are two well preserves
examples we found.|
The second practical task of the day was to find a piece of dried fish
of exactly 108 grammes, a task that the teams found surprisinly easy,
with their new-found experience of the friendly local post-offices and
shops... Intrepid reporter Nick is seen weighing up the rather smelly
Salmon barbeque by the Alta river
The meal was to be enjoyed in a building based on the traditional Sami
construction called a "Lavvo". The building has the form of a large tent,
with a fireplace in the center. The grilled salmon steaks were a treat
to sense buds numbed by days of standard hotel buffets.
The high-point of the day was the scheduled dinner of salmon, grilled
on a charcoal grill by the Alta river. Large succulent pieces of locally
fished salmon proved tempting to almost all the contestants.
As a special desert we were presented with a specially made Arctic
Challenge cake, decorated with a map of Norway and the rally logo. Yummy!
With the bar open and appetites satisfied there was a welcome chance
to relax in the warm before the sporting event of the evening...
The Alta river, running high and strong due to massive snowmelting and
rain, was the showground for trips in the traditional riverboats.
First we kitted up with all the waterproofs we could muster, then
lifejackets. With the amount of water running in the river now it was
best to be on the safe side, and with the rain and spray there was
ample opportunity to get drenched. First a long, fairly slow trip
up the river and then riding the rapids down again. Exciting, and
an opportunity for drivers of tin-tops to get a feel for what the
hardcore roadster drivers were experiencing every day!
Out of the warm and cosy Lavvo and into the cold and rain, madness!
All in all an excellent end to a strenuous day. The day did bring another
casualty. Roberts XK140 is now on the trailer for the last leg, with a
broken wheel bearing. No planes from Oslo to Alta today meant that the
necessary parts can't be obtained before tomorrow.
After getting thoroughly chilled on the river it was nice to get inside
again. Here we see Peter Kraus going for a full-body warmup|
Only one more day now until we reach the Cape. Weather forecast looks like
we might have a day without rain. Hope is high that we may get to see the
midnight sun hanging over the North Sea.
|1.||32||Erich K||Mercedes 300SL Roadster|
|2.||13||Jaap Elzas||Jaguar XK150S Drop head|
|4.||16||Walter Rotlauf||Bugatti Typ 40|
|5.||15||Dieter Hartlage||Austin-Healey 3000 Mk3|
|6.||30||John Noble||Austin-Healey 3000 BT7|
|8.||36||Kjell Nilsen||Porsche 911T|
Total results so far:
|2.||30||John Noble||Austin-Healey 3000 BT7|
|3.||36||Kjell Nilsen||Porsche 911T|
|3.||14||David Inns||Triumph TR5|
|4.||36||Kjell Nilsen||Porsche 911T|
|6.||15||Dieter Hartlage||Austin-Healey 3000 Mk3|
|7.||17||Charles Sayer||Triumph TR3A|
|8.||12||Armin Thorn||Porsche 356 Speedster 90|
|10.||33||Per Chr. Hannestad||Austin-Healey 3000|
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