Day 14 It had been raining during the night and as I left the hotel at 6:15 the streets were still wet. I cycled to the other side of the bay and through the industrial port area of Stavanger. As I arrived at the Fjordline Terminal, a few cars were still queuing and 30 minutes later, I boarded the ferry with three further cyclists from Oslo and France and secured my bike on the car deck. The ship left Stavanger and headed northward between the islands. I ate my packaged breakfast on the upper deck, enjoying the sunshine and the clear view. As we came closer to Bergen, the sky became more and more cloudy and as the ship finally moored in the port of Bergen around 12.30 it started to rain, temperature having dropped to 8°C. I left the ferry with the other cyclists and we headed to the town center. At a junction, we separated and I followed the voice instructions from my fellow Komoot app to reach my night shelter. I had booked a room in a hotel situated in the middle of a shopping mall. After some hesitation, I pushed my bike into the mall, looking for the hotel reception. People around me were wondering, what I was doing there with my heavy-loaded bike. I finally found the reception desk close to the main elevator in the middle of the first floor. I checked in, took the elevator to the second floor and pushed the bike into the hotel room. Well done!
After having exchanged my weather unsuitable bike shorts for trekking trousers, I left the hotel through a back door and went to an outdoor shop. Although it was not the best idea to look for outdoor gear in pricey Norway, but my Gore rain jacket being no longer reliable under heavy rain, I needed a better rain protection for the challenging weather. Sometime later I left the shop with a yellow, Norrøna branded Gore-Tex jacket, which should keep me dry until the end of the tour and increase my visibility.
Meanwhile the west wind had chased the rain clouds away and I walked down to the historical waterfront.
In the evening I went to a restaurant and enjoyed a pleasant evening before entering Fjord Norway on the next day.
200 km 6 km 6:58 29.5 km/h 0 m 0 m 1,067.5 km 1,406.7 km
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