7. Slowly, slowly
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|Newsletter from Gea van Veen
You walk through your palaces, mindful of romance
Loosely adapted and translated: Onderweg - Willem Vermandere
I'm nearing Trondheim, or Nidaros as it was called in the past. The final destination of the pilgrims route. It's to early to form a definite idea about the route, but one word comes to mind every day: hospitality. As I took a picture of the pilgrim hostel around eleven yesterday, I got invited by the owners for coffee and an ice cream. Right after that lunch came along as well, almost unnoticed. As they happen to be key-keepers of the church and a small museum shop, I got a private tour.
Along the route you won't only find accomodations for pilgrims, but also private initiatives to provide the pilgrim with food and drinks. But apart from this pilgrims-business, I'm approached almost constantly with questions or remarks like: Where are you going to? Where are you from? Don't forget to visit that place!
I travel by bicycle for so many years now. And there are always those special meetings that make this world a bit more wonderful every time and put a silver lining to this trip. Because as time goes and you look back after all those years, all the hardship and rain are all forgotten and the wonders and beauty of the country and especially the special encounters with people remain forever. And the slower you travel, the larger the chance of these special memories.
Having said that, I have confession to make: the St. Olav Way is more wonderful if you go by foot. I get on my hips after a day walking, but otherwise I would love to walk it all the way some time. (Uh, on my hips? No idea what, and nothing was found after countless checks for anything wrong. Glad there's no issue while cycling).
Anyhow. The bicycle route is still stunning. Even though the most wonderfull and impressive is behind me, the spectacular planes of Dovrefjell, the coming 150 kilometers are no less impressive. The bicycle route does deviate sometimes from the hiking route, but it also has its highlights, which you miss out on as a hiker....
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Gea van Veen
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