Day 129 | Ai caramba!

Day 129 | Thursday July 21

Today the sun was shining, it was around 22 degrees, when I woke up I could see the reflection of the mountains in the lake, sharp as a mirror. A perfect day. I ate breakfast in my caravan which Kurt has left for me as he needed to leave early. Around 9 I started driving and only 2 minutes later a weird and loud noise was coming from under the hood. I realized this beautiful day was over.

The car was not starting anymore. I called Wim from Costumcars for some back-up and let him listen to the sound of the engine. He thought it was a problem with the gearbox or something between it but of course it’s hard to tell from distance what exactly the problem is. I phoned my insurance and they said they could cover the expenses. I called the Norwegian Road Assistance and they said they would send a guy right away.

An hour and an half there was still nobody here and the callcenter woman told me there has been a mistake. So they would start the process again. An hour later someone called me and ask how I wanted to pay, I told them my insurance would cover it but they needed a prove. Another call to my insurance and now it seemed fixed, they would send someone out. An hour later they called and said they were on their way, it would take just one hour to reach me…

So exactly one hour later and 5 hours since the problems began the road assistance arrived. He didn’t look at it and instantly pulled the car on the truck. It had to be moved to a garage in Alta, which was were I wanted to go anyway. My insurance would cover the costs.
We got to Alta around 18.00 and the mechanics already went home. They told me that they have a waiting list of about 4 weeks as most mechanics are in holiday, ouch.

I had no plugger in Alta but my insurance would cover 10 days in a hotel and I found a room in the center. The owner of the garage was a nice guy and gave me a lift to the center. I’m hoping he can make some time in his busy schedule to fix the car of needed.
Around 19.00 I checked into the hotel and now I just needed to get some food. Next to the hotel was Peppes Pizza who were willing to offer me a free pizza! They told me it was a small 1 person pizza but I actually received a fairly big one which took all my hunger away.

Today was a big shock, the problems seem quite big. The owner of the garage told me they are going to look at it first in the morning to see how big the problems are if it can be fixed at all or later.   I will probably have a sleepless night but I’m lucky that it happened here and not in the middle of nowhere.

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Day 128 | Over the mountains to Badderen

Day 128 | Wednesday July 20

My mission is to reach the North Cape and between there and where I am now is just not that much to do, sustainable wise. The last weeks I haven’t visited any projects and won’t do that the coming weeks as they are mostly in the more populated areas. I try to find a good mix between traveling and visiting sustainable projects, now the travel has the overhand.

My host Ove already left for work when I woke up at 9. I had a phone call from the radio during that night and that always breaks me up so I woke up a bit later, for the Dutchies you can listen to that interview here.
I said goodbye to Ove’s daughter and started driving to Badderen. Ove had a friend there who was willing to plug me in. On the way I experienced some problems again. The emergency signal started beeping and this time I couldn’t fix it. I pulled out the cable and continued driving without visible data of the battery status. Which was scary as I had to climb 700 meters so I did regular stops to put in the cable, start the computer and check the battery status.

When I arrived in Badderen I had 6% left. I had some time to try to solve the problem and again the plug of the computer broke. Rob in Lofoten had solderet this. Luckily my host Kurt was a technician and helped me solder the cable again. It worked and I could charge the car, tomorrow I really need to find a new plug otherwise it will get a problem. It’s a 4 pins ATX 12V power connector and you can’t buy those in a ordinary computer store. Tomorrow I will arrive in Alta which is the last “city” before the North Cape.

Kurt is a nice guy who lives here with his 2 children. He met my last nights host Ove during an off-road race and now they are still in touch. He is an electrician on high power and fiber optics cables. Every time when there are problems with the car I’m in the lucky position that my host has knowledge about electricity.
For dinner Kurt made a dish with moose. Moose and Reindeers are the 2 animals which you find very often here and for me it was the first time I ate those animals, he let me try a peace of Reindeer later on and it had a very distinct, salty and special taste. It’s definitely worth to try if you ever end up in North Norway!

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