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What a miserable, miserable Saturday. The rain was pouring down and the clouds hung low down on the mountains. But since I had "saved" Øygardsheia for a rainy day, there was no excuse to stay indoors. It wasn't critical that I visited Øygardsheia in good weather, as I already had "tons" of pictures from this region.
I didn't except the rainy drive to Haram to be especially eventful. There was a police traffic control, but I didn't get stopped. I almost wished I had been. Then I ended up behind a lady who kept 80Km/h as long as the road went straight ahead (it was a 80Km/h zone) but dropped down to 60 every time there was a *slight* curve. I could have passed, but decided to work on my patience. I have found a good method; I firmly place my back well into the seat. This is both good for patience and for the back's muscular system.
I arrived at the Slyngstad trailhead as a re-born person. And GGMM, it had stopped raining! ON TOP OF THIS, my dog "Troll" seemed to agree to walk. Initially, he didn't, but I tried on a good old, yet demanding concept; enthusiasm. With cheers, whistles and gestures, I finally got the dog to wiggle his tail and move slowly up the road. If people watched me from distance, they might have been thinking that I tried to scare off a bear or practicing support for my favorite soccer team.
We arrived Remefjellet dry and with good spirit, but then a rainshower of the serious sort came along. And it brought a cold wind with it. I don't have any rain gear in my wardrobe, but had brought along a poncho that my mom gave me once upon a time. I had worn the poncho once before. On Mt. Ulriken in winds of gale force. The winds came sweeping in from below and lifted the poncho, making me look like a funnel with legs. Next, the wind unbuttoned the poncho and before the hike turned into a Steve Martin movie, I took the damned thing off. But I didn't excpect strong winds on Øygardsheia, so I gave it one more chance.
I put Troll and the camera in the backpack and headed off-trail towards Øygardsheia. 3 minutes before entring the summit, it stopped raining. The dog was shivering, and I found some shelter for him while I took a few pictures. I put him back in the backpack and headed down the northeast ridge. Then it began raining again. We left the trailhead 13:20PM, reached the top 14:15PM and were back at the trailhead 14:55PM. I washed the dog in the nearby creek (he was thrilled about getting clean, of course) before heading back to Ålesund.
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