Day 80 - Geilo, Norway to Baldersnas Herrgard, Sweden
19.06.2016 - 19.06.2016 18 °C
After a peaceful night on the side of a mountain in Norway, we woke this morning to a bright sunny day.
Art exercised his prerogative as a father on Father's Day to choose the scenic route to our destination. We were not aware of what our GPS had in store for us but we should have been warned when we were on a gravel road within minutes of leaving our ski lodge.
Everything went pretty well after we got off the gravel road. We drove through a small town called Uvdal and found a Stave Church. We had not seen a Stave Church since we found a reconstruction of one in Minot, North Dakota a few years ago. The internet tells us that the Uvdal Stave Chruch is a Norwegian Heritage Site.
The next interesting site was a tunnel. There are many, many tunnels in Norway but this one appeared to be older than many we have seen before.
When it got to be lunch time we were looking for a picnic stop. Reta was looking at the maps and could not find any of the towns we were driving through. Then she realized that we were about 50 kilometres south of where we needed to be. Our GPS had led us to a ferry to cross a fjord south of Oslo. We did not want to take a ferry because we did not know how long it would take us to travel with it, and we did not know how much it was going to cost us. We looked at the map and figured out a way to drive where we needed to be, and eventually the GPS was able to take us were we needed to go. We got to our rural hotel in Sweden about 1/2 hour before the office closed. We had driven almost 8 hours to get here and when we left Geilo we planned to drive for 6 hours.
We got more of a scenic route than we planned.
We have a very nice rural hotel. We enclose a picture of our view from our room.
We had supper/dinner at the hotel restaurant. They have just one menu with one soup, one main course and one dessert. We chose to have just the main course. We were told it would be sirloin steak with parsnips and roast potato. When our dinner arrived, we did have parsnips and roast potatoes but the steak was very large and mostly rare. The server waited until the plates were in front of us to tell us it was deer meat (that is what he said in English), we would have said venison. Anyway, we ate it and it was very good even if it was way more than we would usually eat.
Another strange day weather-wise. The day started bright and sunny then turned cold and cloudy with intermittent rain and now we are enjoying a bright and sunny evening.