Week 2 Route and Totals

Week 2 route and totals are in the bag.  Here they are, along with Week 1 route as a refresher, and an overall map for frame of reference.

norway peninsula max distance
This map shows the key areas of my “travels”.  Norway/Sweden peninsulas, Oslofjord, Skagerrak, the North Sea, and the northeastern coast of England.

And with a little more zoom:

norway peninsula with zoom

And my Week 1 route:

week 1 route_insta

And now, what you have all been waiting for….

My Week 2 Route and Totals (cue Kermit The Frog screaming and shaking violently)

week 2 route_insta

Not bad for 14 days.  I’ll take it.

Skål!

And On The 9th Day…

We were given 100 KMs.  And it was good.

I still kind of kick myself for not pushing harder on Day 8 and reaching 100 KMs then.  I was a measly 4 KMs away.  Alas, it was not meant to be.

But I did celebrate by watching a kick-ass music video from Electric Wizard, called Funeralopolis.

Here’s the video, based off of the film Valhalla Rising with that evil dude from Casino Royale (Le Chiffre, played magnificently by Mads Mikkelsen)

Turn Volume Up To 11.  Turn Lights Off To Black Hole.

And here is my photo to commemorate 100 KMs, mofos!!!!!

100 km point

Stalking that 200 KM like a Viking Berserker.

Skål!

Oops…Rewind: Week 1 Route and Totals

Hi….I forgot to tell you something.

My Week 1 route and totals!

This is a picture of Oslofjord, the Norwegian/Swedish peninsulas, and North Sea with neighboring countries. to give you a better idea of perspective:

norway peninsula max distance

 

And with a little more zoom:

norway peninsula with zoom

 

Here is my route and total KMs from Week 1:

week 1 route_insta

 

Not bad for 7 days.  I’ll take it.

Skål!

Day 14 – the Journey – Jan. 13, 2019

There is a song by Alan Jackson, called “Midnight in Montgomery“.  Great song, really meaningful.  The chorus, goes like this:

‘Cause it’s midnight in Montgomery,
Just hear that whip-poor-will
See the stars light up the purple sky,
Feel that lonesome chill,
‘Cause when the wind is right,
You’ll hear his song,
Smell whisky in the air,
Midnight in Montgomery,
He’s always singin’ there,

My midnight rowing sessions are starting to inspire their own song chorus…sang to the same tune as Midnight in Montgomery.  And here it is:

“Midnight On My Rower” by VikingMike

‘Cause it’s midnight on my Rower,
Just hear that fly-wheel
See the stars light up behind my eyes, 
Feel that lonesome chill,
‘Cause when the drag is right,
And the stroke is strong,
Smell sweat inside my beard,
Midnight on my Rower,
I’m always sittin’ here,

Here’s to you, Alan.  Day 14 photos are below.

day 14 route_actual
This was the route I took for Day 14, from the island of Medulen, further along the Norwegian coast to the island of Jomfruland, on the inside coast. 
day 14 start
My starting point of Day 13, the island of Medulen.

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This is a slide show of the close-ups I took of the route I travelled on Day 14, 9 pictures in total.

day 14 end
This was my ending point for Day 14, the long and narrow island of Jomfruland.  The island is very long and narrow, so I chose the inside coast, toward Norway, to provide for some protection from any waves or storms, hopefully.

At the end of Day 14, I have travelled the following measures:

Distance:  168,322 meters

Time:  13 hours, 21 minutes, and 8.5 seconds

Day 14 saw me have to make a choice…stay to the outside of Jomfruland and potentially sleep on a pebble…or stay to the inside and be showered with praise, valuables, and easy travel.

Or say that I refuse to do any more midnight sessions.

All choices have about as much likelihood as another.

Skål!

Day 13 – The Journey – Jan. 12, 2019

Hello darkness my old friend….

Midnight, it’s good to meet you once again…kind of..not really.

Why must I punish myself so?  Seriously!

I mean…I had TIME to do it earlier in the day.  But I also had excuses to hold off.  Playoff football, hosting a poker game, the constellations are in a lunar shift….one of those reasons make absolutely zero sense, but I used it anyway.

However, and I am stretching here, perhaps…I will count the day as a win.  I mean, after all that was done earlier in the day, I went out to the garage and ROWED for 12K meters, instead of going to bed like a reasonable human being.

Does that make me hero?  Many would say yes.  I’ll just say…yes.  It makes me a hero.

I am a hero.

Pictures from Day 13.

day 13 route_actual
This was the route I took for Day 13, from the island of Vestre Bramskjær, over to the even smaller island of Medulen.
day 13 start
My starting point of Day 13, the island of Vestre Bramskjær.

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This is a slide show of the close-ups I took of the route I travelled on Day 13, 5 pictures in total.

day 13 end
This was my ending point for Day 13, the island of Medulen.  The island serves as a sort of way point for sailors in the area, thanks to its extremely recognizable vein of marble that run along the eastern face of the island.

 

Day 13 got off to a rocky start (because Vestre Bramskjær is basically a large rock, and that is where I started from….nevermind), but at the end of the day, I have travelled the following measures:

Distance:  156,304 meters

Time:  12 hours, 24 minutes, and 25.8 seconds

Day 13 had me travelling from the small island (giant rock) of Vestre Bramskjær, all the way over to the island of Medulen, which is privately owned.  While the island itself is pretty unassuming, there is a vein of marble that runs diagonally along the eastern face of the island, which serves to identify the island as Medulen, and also, help some lost tourists figure out where they are.  Or lost Vikings…if there was such a thing…

Moving on!

Skål!

Day 12 – The Journey – Jan. 11, 2019

You know that thing that people do, where they wait around the last possible minute to do something, and then it magically gets done?

No?

What about where you wait around to the last possible moment, and it still isn’t done, so you just quit and decide to try again the next day?

Yeah, I thought that one might sound more familiar.

Luckily for me, that wasn’t quite the case for me on Day 12.  I did wait until the last possible moment, but then I went out there and got it done.

Maybe Week 2 is just Procrastination Week.

Here’s to hoping that’s the case, and Week 3 will be better.

Here are my photos of Day 12’s pseudo journey.

day 12 route_actual
This was the route I took for Day 12, from the island of Torkildsøy, to the island of Vestre Bramskjær.
day 12 start
My starting point of Day 12, the island of Torkildsøy.

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This is a slide show of the close-ups I took of the route I travelled on Day 12, 13 pictures in total.

day 12 end
This was my ending point for Day 12, the island of Vestre Bramskjær.  It’s basically just a rock.  If I had actually camped there, it would have been a pretty boring night, I’m guessing.

At the end of Day 12, I have travelled the following measures:

Distance:  144,291 meters

Time:  11 hours, 27 minutes, and 49.1 seconds

Day 12 had me travelling from the small island of  Torkildsøy to the small island (giant rock) of Vestre Bramskjær. Not much to see, not much to do, just to think about the next day’s row…and how I should get started a little earlier in the day.

Skål!

Day 11 – The Journey – Jan. 10, 2019

The elation of starting has worn off.  The daunting awareness of what lies ahead, creeps into my sight a little more, every single day.

The only way to overcome that nagging self-doubt, is to get up, grab some water, and head on out to the Varg Barn (my garage) and commit to sweating over the next 1 hour or so.

Sometimes, that is enough.

Other times…well, I would rather not think about the other times until they knock on my door.

In the meantime, I will be on my rower, doing what I don’t do best, but doing it anyway.

Making progress.

Here are my photos from Day 11.

day 11 route_actual
This was the route I took for Day 11, from the island of Martaholmen, to the island of Torkildsøy.
day 11 start
My starting point of Day 11, the island of Martaholmen.

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This is a slide show of the close-ups I took of the route I travelled on Day 11, 12 pictures in total.

day 11 end
This was my ending point for Day 11, the island of Torkildsøy.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t find much information about the island, but seems to be a somewhat happening place.

At the end of Day 11, I have travelled the following measures:

Distance:  132,277 meters

Time:  10 hours, 30 minutes, and 49 seconds

Day 11 had me travelling from the small island of Martaholmen, to the small island of Torkildsøy.  Essentially a part of Stavern, Norway, Torkildsøy is just across a small waterway from Citadel Island, which still has a gunpowder storage tower and the commandant’s house from back when the area was set up as a naval base.

Skål!