Starting Location: Finneidfjord
Ending Location: Hell
Total Distance Traveled (including this day): 4100km approx
Bike Comfort Factor (1-10) :7
“Tired” Factor (1-10) :3
The next morning, we were ready to go from 9am. Arvid Nornes and I had been in touch and we agreed to meet in Hell that evening, where he would take over as guide (more on that in upcoming posts). By my reckoning we would get to hell at 6pm. A few niggles were appearing on bikes. Roy’s GS had a bent sidestand which was causing him issues parking the bike. Chris’ F650 was rattling like “Apollo re-entry” over 70mph. My VFR was just fine. The scotoiler reserve tank wasn’t operating correctly, but it was not an issue. Gregg was offering $500 to swap bike from his “rental” to ANY other bike for a day. Unsurprisingly nobody was interested in riding a naked Kawasaki ER6F for a full day. Off we went.
Our first filling post was the Statoil in Mosjoen. And it was special. As you go on these trips, you get used to “basic” hygiene and garage toilets are usually the perfect example of “what you are willing to put up with”. We all noticed that toilet conditions in the garages in Scandinavia were way superior to at home. But this one took the biscuit. We took turns going to it! Newspapers, pictures on the walls of the Royal family, towels and scented candles. It was epic. I wanted to move in. It required a panoramic picture!
Oddly, my bike started to acquire some decorative pieces. For example a scented tree. Mr. Eldred looked guilty.
We ploughed on and by 6pm Sat Nav was guiding me to Hell. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but I kinda guessed a town with some shops/restaurants. Not American “theme park” style, but something. Sat Nav told me we were there.
We were at a garage. Garage wifi proved it. We were in Hell.
There *had* to be more to it than this. We circled around and eventually found Hell train station. We asked the staff, and the train station was “it”. So photo time.
Soon after Chris took some (excellent) photos, the most cool and excellent Norwegian, Arvid Normes arrived to be our guide for the rest of the Norway leg of the trip.
He had ridden for 1 1/2 days to join us, so we headed for the nearest campsite. Arvid brought a mini BBQ so our diets instantly improved. Gregg was the token American BBQ guy so he cooked up hotdogs and chicken. Chris made tea. We pitched our tents, had a chat and made plans for the next few days.