|Glashaug church in Gartland|
|Chocolate in a Norwegian supermarket - 10 NOK = 1 EUR|
And unfortunately my birthday turned out one of the worst days on this stretch: It was a very long hike along the busy motorway E6 - and I miscalculated the mileage. When I discovered at 4 pm that I had still 16 kilometres ahead of my mood dropped very low. But I had to make the miles to get to a gas station with supermarket to buy more food ...
|The dreaded E6|
The next few days were a combination of the dreaded E6 and more quiet side roads. It was very hot and road walking hard on the feet but at least I made plenty of miles in short time. To kill time I counted traffic and found out that almost every fourth car was a motorhome or a car with a trailer. The E6 is the main road North and now was main holiday season!
|Bridge under construction|
|River too deep and swift to ford|
When I reached highway 73 a second time it was decision time again: I could either continue on the E1 which was now marked again or change to the Swedish side and hike the famous Kungsleden. By now I was so frustrated with the E1 in Norway and Norwegian prices that the choice was easy: I did one last 41 kilometre road walk to reach Hemavan and the Southern terminus of the Kungsleden.
|Campsite during the road walk|
When I finally arrived in Hemavan for a rest day I was not exactly enthusiastic about the E1 any more and wondered if the rest of my hike would be as bad ....