Trollstigen (TrollRoad) is another of the great tourist attractions in this area of Norway.
It was opened on July 31st 1936 by King Hakon VII, after 8 years of construction. Prior to this road there was only a path, called Kløvstien, usable by horses and walkers, which gave access to the market at Åndalsnes. That path is still in use for walkers, although I'd rather use the road.
I've driven the road many times now, and although it's a nice drive in a saloon car, I've always wanted to drive it in something really fast,, I'm thinking something like an original Mini Cooper. ;)
However this time round I became a passenger since Honey the Honda had peed herself, as I mentioned in my last post about this road trip. She was so embarrassed that she was positively steaming.
But that didn't really matter, Norwegian style is to get the job done and quible about paperwork and details later.
So a nice Viking turned up with his rescue lorry.
The flat area, called Stigerøra, just south of the Troll Road, has some nice views, especially when there is still a little snow around.
And the truck we were in was a typical flat fronted thing which has to hang its forward body structure over the edge of the turns to get around them.
With that mental image installed. Enjoy the following scenes.
There's a fantastic waterfall, called Stigefossen, which cascaded down the face, and under some bridges.
The truck driver was a true gentleman, and kept offering to stop so we could get out and take pictures. But there was no chance of getting out past our 'slightly worried' front seat passenger. I still can't figure out what the Golden Oldie was scared of, let's face it he's represented a certain Sandwick Club on TV quiz shows, and I for one would be too scarred, and likely to stupid, to do that.
But, back to the waterfall. The lovely old bridge near the top of the first picture is the one where you get wet.
The mountains in this scene are at the foot of Romsdalen, and the one near the right is Romsdalshorn.
And, as usual with my posts, here's the bum shot. Viking busy, while I look on, worried about my old Honey.
That was the end of this road trip. Hopefully the next one will be less dramatic.
We head out tomorrow night for Oslo. We're only driving about half way, through Åndalsnes and Dombås, and stopping for a night in a cabin, before we continue to Gardermoen airport, and the start of our Willie Nelson 2K10 tour. Of course the ever present camera will catch anything of interest.
Yun's aa fir enoo