A biking week, until the weekend
|28.08.23||Heida||239m||126m||Herøy, M&R, Norway||WCP||MAP|
|28.08.23||Lysløypa, Leikongeidet||160m||0m||Herøy, M&R, Norway||–||MAP|
|30.08.23||Ytrehovdåsen (Geitenakken)||170m||72m||Ørsta, Norway||WCP||MAP|
Heida (239m) & Lysløypa (Leokongeidet), Aug 28 2023
Monday: The day started with handing Karma over to the Veterinarian for an operation on her tail. I sat by her until she slept, then returned to work.
I picked Karma up a few hours later and she was highly disoriented. From experience, I knew it would take her all day to recover. As such, no hiking for her today.
So, I planned to go for a jog in the forest, but first – a warm-up hike to Heida.
I had forgotten how incredibly wet and muddy this path is, after rain. But I was here now, so I’d better see it through. I had clean socks and jogging shoes in the car…
After the hike, I had jogging shoes on, ready for my 3rd run in two weeks. As I’ve written before, the plan was to start nice and easy and gradually let the body adjust, up to run #10. Then I would double the lap distance 10 times before I started to run mountains again.
Already after 2 minutes, I felt that there was something wrong in my left leg. Somewhere near the Soleus or Gastrocnemius. Right where they discovered 4 blood clots a couple of years ago. That made me a little nervous, but not a lot – as I was already on medication.
When I reached the turnaround point at Leikongeidet, I could not run anymore. I couldn’t walk properly either. I had to limp back down. I was not happy.
The 2km back to the car felt like 10…
Heida: Trip statistics: 3km, 190 vertical meters, 0h:35m
Jog: Trip statistics: 4km, 140 vertical meters, 0h:32m
Rotarystien (on bike), Aug 29 2023
Tuesday: The immense pain in my leg disappeared over night, but I didn’t want to take a chance of hiking again so soon. So, I decided that I would stick to the bike until Saturday, when Anne and I were going on a hike in the mountains.
Today, I chose to pay a revisit to Rotarystien – a nice path between lake Snipsøyrvatnet and Hareid.
No wonder it’s a popular path. Karma was her usual self again, and I enjoyed being back on the bike, although the speed was, like, 2km/h…
It would have been GREAT if this was a round-trip route. But alas, the return would be along roads.
At the end of the trip, we stopped by Kaldholelva, where Karma could satisfy her thirst.
I had some problems with recording the GPS track at the beginning of this trip, and so I took an extra loop after putting Karma into the car.
This time I discovered a forest road on the east side of lake Grimstadvatnet. Which was today’s bonus…
Trip statistics: 11,4km, 165 vertical meters, 1h:11m
Ytrehovdåsen (170m), Hovdevatnet (on bike), Aug 30 2023
Wednesday: Today, I chose to hike around lake Hovdevatnet. I could have made things easier for myself by sticking on roads where biking is easy. But I chose to bike across Ytrehovdåsen. The terrain wasn’t always easy – for my bike and my biking skills. I had to get off the bike on a couple (++) occasions…
The plan was to bike through Ytrehovd, and I started doing so. But then I stopped and asked a guy if I could get to the lake a bit further south. I could, the guy told me.
So, we went down to Hovden Møbel where I made a poor route decision and went through terrible terrain, with the bike on my shoulder. The only upside was that my leg felt quite OK. But eventually, we reached the lake.
We stopped by the “Gapahuk” (lean-to shelter) and enjoyed the mighty fine view towards Helgehornet and Liadalsnipa.
Here, Karma had the chance to study a pair of ducks swimming by. She had never been this close to ducks before and I could see she was struggling between – ignore, study or kill. “Kill” was of course never an option with daddy watching, but she chose the peacefully option – “study”.
Altogether a very nice trip around lake Hovdevatnet!
Trip statistics: 13,9km, 345 vertical meters, 1h:32m
Volda (on bike), Aug 31 2023
Thursday: The plan was just to bike around lake Rotevatnet in Volda. I looked forward to checking out the popular trail near the sports field. I had never been to that part of the lake before.
Soon enough, we were on the road on the south side of the lake, where we’ve walked many times after hiking across Rotsethornet.
Karma was still unusually thirsty. It’s a concern, but we’ve not been able to figure out why. But here, she could drink all she wanted.
After passing the golf course, the plan was to turn left and followed the sidewalk back to the car. But in the very last minute, I changed the plan and decided to go up to Reset instead – hoping to come across some new paths along the way. It didn’t take long before we were on paths I’d never been on before.
We then got on the road(s) leading us to Reset and the foot of the slalom hill.
From Reset, we followed the gravel road to the Panoramavegen road. I really wanted to check out the new biking trail, but preferably not with the dog…
We continued along Panoramavegen until I changed my mind and went back to the beginning of it, where we descended a really steep path. It was so steep that I didn’t have the guts to stay on the bike.
A really nice round-trip!
Trip statistics: 13,9km, 450 vertical meters, 2h:00m
Around Mausavatnet (on bike), Sep 1 2023
Friday: We had to go to Ålesund today, as the Vet would check out how Karma’s operation wound was doing. It was doing well!
On the way home, I was totally lacking inspiration to anything other than driving straight home.
But I had to give the dog a walk and stopped by lake Mausavatnet – as there is a short and nice loop around the lake. I was familiar with most of it but had never done the full circle before.
There isn’t much exciting to report from this trip. Thirsty Karma had plenty of access to water…
On one of her drinking stops, the water was deeper than she had expected, and she went for an ultra-short swim. Which daddy didn’t like, given her operation wound. I didn’t want bacteria in that wound! Fortunately, it went well…
Trip statistics: 3,5km, 70 vertical meters, 0h:26m
Skårasætra, Litlehornet, Sep 2-3 2023
Saturday/Sunday: This trip is featured on a separate post…