“Travels to a Different Time” : 12July1975: Hitting the Red Cross Slot Machines in Norway

Up at 06:30 dismantling my tent in a cloud of mosquitos and flies that are all over the place in your eyes, mouth, ears and hair. Worse than being attacked by a lion. After a two hour wait a 30 km ride from a guy in an Opel. He stopped for a coffee and I played a slot machine owned by the Red Cross. I broke even, rolled a cig and back on the road. But the driver forgot his lighter so we headed back to pick it up. He let me off in a small town where I bought some breakfast. I hit the road with a cloud of insects following me. After being feasted on by bugs a lift in a Ford van with 3 Aussie birds and a guy from Zambia. At 4 we stopped at a lake where I had a wash in very cold water. We had lunch on the grass of bread, honey and beer.  30 kms from Trondheim we found a place to camp in the woods. I set up my tent near the van. We had a delicious supper and after that we sat in the van listening to music. It was good to speak English again! Off to bed at 22:00.

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food ,drink, travel, film, and lifestyle issues. He also has published serialized novels "Life at Megacorp", "Virus # 26, "Reggie the Egyptian Rescue Dog" and "The Penniless Pensioner" Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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