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The Sjoa Expedition Journal - Lake crossing, food drop, recharge, boat change
Friday, 9 July 2010
2.30am I heard something large sniffing on the side of my tent. I slowly unzipped the rain cover, peered out and was face to face with a cow. Cow, please don’t stand on my paddle!
I was hoping the wind would die down but all I could see was white caps of lake Gjende. We floated with the tail wind past waterfalls and beaches; I tried to look for hikers on the famous Besseggen trail. Met Tank and Anna with our car at Gjendesheim for a food drop, boat swop, recharge camera batteries and ice cream.
I squeezed my gear into my new vessel, a Robson, Charger. Feeling nervous about being in a boat I’ve never paddled before, now loaded with gear we heading into the Sjoa river. Our first rapid was a good one with an exposed line down the middle. Followed by another great rapid under Maurvangen Bridge.
The wind is still howling off the mountains and down the valley.