Day 182. Buvag weather and rest day

Posted by: James on July 1, 2009

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Day 182.1 The camp art Buvag on the edge of the sandy bay with skerries guarding the entranceI woke quite early at about 0600. There was a sound on the tent my body, and especially arms wanted to hear, namely much flapping and heavy rain. It was not in the forecast so I was surprised. I looked outside and it was windy and wet. I could have paddled in it as I would have been hard going into the force five. However I would have been lucky to do 20 km in 8 hard hours of unpleasant slog, and I would have been soaked in the process. Better to throw in the towel for today and have a lovely lie in.

The lie in lasted until about 1100 when I could sleep no more, however hard I tried. It was still windy and pelting down. I felt very cosy and comfortable in the tent listening to it. I definitely made the right decision to stay put and relax.

I made numerous phone calls and emails in the afternoon. Many were not pressing but had been on my mind. It helped pass a few more hours until I had an afternoon siesta. By the time I woke from this the rain was intermittent and the wind down to a force four.

I had been lying down for some 20 hours now and my ribs felt like that of a beached whale supporting an enormous weight and about to crush. I had to get up and explore and get some exercise and fresh air.

I went for a short walk in the hamlet of Buvag for 2 km along the road past well kept gardens of permanent residents, of which there were about 10 houses, and 10 leisure cabins. It was a nice community but lacked a heart like Maasoy or Bergsfjord.

Day 182.2 The grass at the edge of the bay was full of wild flowers with these being Ragged RobinThe placed I was camped was idyllic in a meadow full of flowers as the edge of the white sands. The grass I was on was cropped by geese and probably flooded at the very highest of tides.

In the evening the weather had improved considerably and the mountain of Hamnesfjellet had appeared again from it shroud of mist and rain. There were even some blue patches in the sky and the wind was now a good drying wind and down to a force three.

I was done with the blog and supper by 2030 and ready to return to my sleeping bag for an early start should the weather allow it. That must be something of a record since I started paddling.

It had been a restful and dull day, but one I needed and did not feel morally able to take it while the weather was good.

4 Responses to “Day 182. Buvag weather and rest day”

  1. Tom Amundsen Says:

    Hei James,leser at været oppe hos deg er bad.Her er det alldeles nydelig.Har gjort unna en del mil i det siste.Må benytte det fine været.Tenker på deg når jeg padler nedover hvilken råtass du er,har vært ut nå i 175 dager.Helt utrolig.Vist du vil kan jeg fikse overnatting når du nermer deg Tungenes/Kvernevik.Eller jeg kan få noen til og komme ut der du måtte være med noe god mat og en pils….Mvh Tom

  2. James Says:

    Hei Tom. I saw you were going like a battleship in the last days. Trondheim already. I would like to stay when I go past. You should be finished and home by then and I look forward to having a few beers and sure there will be much to chat about. Good luck with you rudder and phone replacement. All best James

  3. Camilla Wikström Says:

    Hi James, The yellow pea in the picture is Lotus corniculatus, Käringtand in Swedish. This is spread all over Scandinavia. The pink one is Lychnis flos-cuculi (Gökblomster), also spread all over. I don’t know the English names of any of them. I think the conditions are very the same just now in the archipelago of Lofoten and Stockholm. After a very cold June we have a very warm period just now. When paddling out last weekend the beaches looked the same as in your picture with the same plants flowering. The water temperature was 13 degrees, about 20 in the air, clear sky and no wind. I wish we had vacation!

  4. Øyvind Amundsen Says:

    Hallo James.

    My mother and me follow you every day, and the amazing cause “of an education charity work in Nepal”.
    You must be a good man.
    I dont think Tom will be finished and home, when you passing by Kvernevik were we live.
    Our house is 20 meters from the seabed. I can follow you some distance from our livingroom-window.
    It would be nice if you stopped by. If not, i will find you nearby. We will take care of you. Our father talks about you a lot also, and would like to meet you. Tom has a big family.
    If your adventure sometime should be published as a book, it would proberly be in about 2000 pages 🙂
    I wish you all the best.

    RGDS Øyvind Amundsen