Day 2

Waking up to rain in Røros, and started travel north in rain. I had to put on a warm jacket, since I had the top on, but only the back side windows.
I was traveling through farmland and with all the smells, some nice and others, well… 
I started to wonder what they feed the cows with. When I was a young boy I spent many of my summer holidays, even walking the cows back from pasture to their shed. The shed was a nice and warm place, and the smell was good. But now, what the cows leave behind smell terrible! Must be what they eat.
I had checked my window wipers before I left Oslo, but after a few kilometers they stopped working. I could see the motor working, but the rod was slipping in the cone of the wiper system. I stopped at a gas station, and the person there advised the use of Rain X: I said I had that put on, but he told me to repeat it.
So for the rest of the day I drove in the rail with no wipers. However, this is not a very big problem in the old MG, I could see very well. So I traveled on through Trondheim and up to a place called Majavatn. Many people know this place because of some heavy fighting between German and Norwegian soldiers during WW1.

The MG outside a dinner cafè (Norwegian meat balls, pea stew and lingonberries) 

Rain at Majavatn.

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I have had trouble getting connected to internet! I’ll put out several days now, please be patient…

Day 1

Since Dallas (in the MG forum) advised me to bring a fuel pump, I had plenty of time in the morning, since MG Service opens at ten o’clock. Unfortunately, he did not have the correct one, but he lent me another one that would work if mine should break down.
Monday has been a beautiful day all the way. I decided to travel to Elverum and go the Østerdalen route towards Trondheim. “Østerdalen” means the East Valley, because it is the easternmost valley in the south of Norway. This is a forest valley, for many a bit boring. But I expected less traffic, so I chose it. On my way back I will probably go through Gudbrandsdalen, my favorite valley in Southern Norway.
I reached Røros at 1630. The car was running smoothly all the way, mostly in fifth gear (yes, it has the Sierra gear box). I hardly heard the motor at all (But my bad hearing may be part of the reason for that :-)). A very pleasant first days drive.
The weather forecast for tomorrow is not so good. So I put up the roof when I parked at Røros Hotel, I just bought a waterproof cover for this purpose. Since that is not good for storing the car indoor all winter, I also bought a nylon one for that purpose.

The first picture shows the car just outside the garage in central Oslo. On the way I wanted a picture of the car in front of an old shed not far from Røros. But I had parked so far out (!) that when I left the car, I fell into the ditch! Looking up, I saw that it might a picture with all the wild flower and the nice sky!


Addition:

Røros is an old mining town made famous (in Norway) by the author Johan Falkberget. The town is on the World Hertitage list. I took  stroll this evening.

With MG to north of the Polar Circle

On Monday (July 11) I start on a long journey with my MG TD from 1953. I have had some things done to it to get it in good shape for this trip of 1200 km (one way). I will try and reach the ferry from Bodø to Røst on Thursday afternoon. With this car, I have to take it a bit easy, it is after all an old “thing”. I shall try to keep you up-to-date if I can find internet connections on my way. So. for a couple of weeks, this blog will not be Oslo Diary, but a trip to the north.
A few weeks ago my son, Simen,  took this image with his mobile phone.

Hvor i Oslo 63

En ny gatenøtt:

Hvor i Oslo 62

En uke hjemme før jeg drar på ferie til Lofoten. Bilen er innom diverse verksteder for å komme i rett kjøremodus. Mens vi venter, slenger jeg inn en gateoppgave.

Sad Monday in Stavanger

Everything is over once more. And nothing is more sad than “the day after”. All players gone. And everything being removed. On Tuesday you will not be able to see any traces of the 7 courts or the spectators stand on the main court. A happy event, though, with the first podium place for Norway. Skarlund and Spinnangr ended as no 2, an all time best for them. A bit sad for me, my last time here, I have decided.

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