Day 9 – May 13th (Alta – Nordkapp – Alta)
After 4.5 hours sleep, we prepared the five Morgan’s for the 150 miles to Nordkapp. As we would be returning to Alta, the round trip was 300 miles and this meant we had to plan fuel stops carefully because we had been warned the petrol stations may be closed en-route.
As we set off the weather was inclement and the temperature was still dropping. Bardufoss, Bardy to his friends, was still only running on one cylinder; however, in spite of attempts to resolve the issue with the injector; we had been unable to do so. Nevertheless, we had made the decision to take him across the mountain range and coastal roads to Nordkapp. He had made it this far and was still raring to go and we could not imagine reaching the goal without the M3W.
The rain soon lifted as we left Alta and whilst the temperatures were registering a chilly 1 degree, wind chill must have been more because in spite of layering up, we all felt the cold with the hoods down – much to the chagrin of the other Norwegian road users! The scenery continued to amaze and just when you thought there wasn’t going to be a vista to beat the current one, you turned the corner and were flabbergasted to find you were wrong. The scenery in Norway is beautiful and never fails to impress.
We all agree that the four-hour drive to Nordkapp is one of the most spectacular drives we’ve all undertaken. In spite of Norwegian locals warning us that the conditions would make the mountain passes impossible to use in a Morgan, not only were the roads clear but as we reached Nordkapp itself, the clouds parted and we could see blue sky.
We had received special dispensation to park the cars at the globe monument, so we drove the five Morgan’s toward it. Perched on the edge of the high cliffs, it had long been a symbol of what we were aiming for.
Once parked, we exited the cars and congratulated one another but our overwhelming feeling was one of gratitude to those who had helped us achieve our goal and supported us in this endeavour.
From those who helped us plan the event, to those who assisted us to ensure all five cars arrived at Nordkapp, combined with the many people who donated to Marfan Trust UK, this challenge felt like a team effort and one that so very many people took part in and made happen. Reaching Nordkapp truly felt a shared achievement.
It was with a strange mix of emotions that the team drove away from Nordkapp. On one hand, we had reached the symbolic destination of our trip, however, on the other, we still had over 2,000 miles left to complete the challenge.
It was with those thoughts that we went to bed in the evening.