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 after 30 minutes, I boarded onto the ferry with three further cyclists, two Norvegians from Oslo and a French compatriot, 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 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 said goodbye 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 reception. Norway is a cyclist-friendly country, but people around me were wondering, what I was doing there with my heavy-loaded bike. I finally found the reception desk near 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 replaced my inadequate bike shorts by trekking trousers, I left the hotel through a back door and went to an outdoor shop. My Gore rain jacket being no longer reliable under heavy rain, I needed a better rain protection for the challenging weather. It was definitely not the best idea to buy outdoor gear in pricey Norway. Some time later I left the shop with a Norrøna falketind branded Gore-Tex Jacket, which should keep me dry until the end of the tour.
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 hype restaurant and enjoyed a pleasant evening before entering Fjord Norway on the next morning, with a challenging pass on my way to the next stop.
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