Been there, done that: Legoland

June 26th, 2018

Good thing that we did not go there in the high sesason, that's for sure.

Legoland, a lot of fun for the kids, but also some fun for the parents as well. I must admit that the "Ice Pilot School", the robocoaster ride was a lot of fun!! I did actually make as much noice as the guy in the video below, it was that much fun!

Running on the west coast beach of Denmark

June 24th, 2018

First day of vacation in Denmark - Sunday the 24'th of June - got up early and headed out for a run on the beach. After about 30 minutes I saw some windmills in the far distance and decided to run all the way to them, the three windmills at Hvide Sande. A bit boring to run on the beach, but then again, you really get to excercise your mental stamina by just keep on running even if all you see is just sand and the sea. But, running on the sand was gentle to my legs so that was a good thing.

The wind was quite strong that day, so when down at Hvide Sande I did go all the way out on the breakwater to watch the waves occasionally showering the rocks. I did hide behind the light at the tip of the breakwater to avoid getting wet all the time when I spotted this boat that did give the waves a taste, but decided to turn around and go back to the safety of the Ringkøbing fjord.

Not that big waves today, but if hit by the shower you would get soaking wet.

The breakwater

Up north on the beach, where I would now run towards Søndervig where we stayed.

24 K, and only 50 metres ascending/descending...

Kongenløpet and "Folke-300m"

June 22nd, 2018

Two competitions this week. The trail race "Kongenløpet", spent 38:53 and "Folke-3000m" on the track field at Bjørkelangen, spent 11:24.

Oh shit!

June 13th, 2018

Should be ok to say "Oh shit!" when you get a puncture on the manure wagon

After a long and dry period - it finally rained - and now started to dry up again.

Early morning run

June 9th, 2018

Got up at 05 today and had a really early morning run. The weather was nice and the scenery was amazing, since it still was a bit cold the fog was still present by the lakes. So to all you out there, get up in the morning and enjoy...

New trail shoes and backpack

June 8th, 2018

Just recently bought a new pair of running shoes, the Hoka Speedgoat 2. Had a short run with them today, felt good, but hoping for rain so I can try them out on slippery conditions as well. On the short run today they felt very good, stable and all that. No need for me to dive into more details, if you would like that, just read this review . What actually worries me the most is the design, they could be mistaken for the shoes mother-in-law used some years ago, the MBT (masai) shoes, but the Hoka shoes is not like this...

I did also buy the Osprey Duro 15 running pack. It is quite large, which allows me to bring clothing for those long runs where the weather can change. In addtion plenty of room for food, cell phone and such along with 3 hydration packs with a total of 3.5 litres. Should be what I need for Hornindal.

Here made ready for the first test tomorrow morning.

Driving a John Deere 6820

June 4th, 2018

Helping out Torgrim last weekend, they are about to expand their house, so we needed to get rid of all the soil. So I borrowed a John Deere 6820, hard workding tractor. I got a bit bored after 10-11 trips, but not due to the tractor.

IBM Hursley in May

June 3rd, 2018

On the 14'th to 15'th of May I went to U.K and IBM Hursley for the IBM European Hursley Summit 2018. Work related, very useful - IBM Hursley is where you get most of your (work related) questions answered and the Hursley House is interesting as well for those interested in history, both IBM history and history as such. It even has it similarties to Downton Abbey for those who fancy such.

Since IBM has been present at Hursley for 60 years they have even cut the lawn showing the number 60 on it.

View from the window, classical 18th-century Queen Anne style.

From the museum.

Cake, celebrating 60 years.

Our rental car outside of Hursley House.

And we also had a bit of fun driving the rental car.

Running to Sweden

May 20th, 2018

After a very short review of the map my conclusion was that running Flyktningeruta - the refugee route - from home to Sweden should take about 4 hours...a rough gestimate. I need to do better next time...I did spend almost 7 hours on the 46 kilometers from home to Sukkerveien just across the Swedish border. During that time I had stopped and asked for refill of water, the weather was nice and very warm, so all my water was long gone after just 20 kilometres. After about 4 hours I had a mental breakdown, but a quick stop eating chocolate and drinking Coca Cola was just what I needed to go all the way to where I had agreed that Elin should pick me up. Needless to say I went to bed early and stayed there to almost half past eleven today...

Here crossing the border to Sweden after about 6 hours and 30 minutes. Imagine me finding it hard, then think about those who was forced to do the walk in the shelter of darkness during WW2, maybe it was winter and they also had to carry as much as they could manage.

Read more about Flyktningeruta and find a map at the website to Directorate of Cultural Heritage

Backhoe loader maintenance

May 18th, 2018

Last year I did replace the rubber gaskets for on the backhoe, then realized that the sylinder on one of the stabilizers had to be fixed. Got help from a friend who knows how to do such, the result was prima!

Mounted and ready for work

...but must admit that I already have realized that I need to replace the rubber gaskets on the other stabilizer as well.