Screwing around on quiet back roads last weekend.. memory card in camera this time.
Left Oslo on Saturday afternoon, going inland to the west. Found some quiet gravel roads, with beautiful old empty farm buildings.
An old saw mill too.. the blade rusty and dull, but piles of saw dust still alongside. Makes you wonder when someone last toiled away here, and where the last planks went?
Continued on towards a lake called Lauvnesvatnet, which was teeming with fish.
It was tempting to borrow one of these.
The sun was getting low, so I found a nice spot and strung up the hammock.
Heated some spaghetti on the stove, and pretty much fell asleep before I'd finished it.
I realized during the night that I was at higher altitude than I thought. I never learn, even with two layers of wool in the sleeping bag, it got chilly. But the view in the morning was worth it!
I continued west across the mountain and down into the Numedal valley. It has a fantastic amount of old farms and houses, and many of these "stabburs" which were used to keep food (elevated to keep mice out)
I always stop by the stave churches. This one was originally built in 1150. Outside it, there is a stone cross from before year 1000 - apparently they are quite uncommon, only found on the British isles and some places on the west coast of Norway (according to the plaque outside the church).
From Numedal, I again crossed the mountains westwards.
An interesting tree and ruins of an old bridge..
Descending towards Tinnsjø.
And then north and uphill once more..
Some patches of snow hanging on for dear life in the summer sun.
The dam at Sønstevatn. Interestingly, the dam has an electric cattle grid, first time I've seen that. First and last for that mouse..
At the other side, there is a hostel with a cafeteria. Windy, but good coffee and nice views from their veranda.
Next I drove back down into Numedal, and north to Dagali.
I circled around Tunhovdfjord, down to Rødberg, and then took the quickest way back home.
Bonus photos of another dam and power plant on the way..