Well, not all night in the shower, but it was my first hot shower in 4 or 5 days, so I relished every last hot water droplet that came out of that shower head and probably stayed under the water for a full hour. I loved every single one of those steamy little water molecules, and told them so too. I have an abundance of love for all you hot water droplets out there.
After packing up the next morning and heading down to the STROMSUND TOURISM INFO and getting the cabin practically given to me for free by Hakan who works there, my next order of business was to try to find some internet.
But apparently, Mother Karma wasn’t done with me yet.
Down in the office of ICA Supermarket Thomas, the owner of this and one other ICA Supermarket in town, was helping me log on to the his internet. I got logged on and while I was getting connected to me Mum on Skype I tried to explain to Thomas who I was and what I am doing, so I pointed to the Wherethehellismurph.com sticker on the back cover of the laptop and said “That’s my website if you want to jump on and take a look at some of my pictures”. So while I was chatting with Mum he did. I guess he liked what he read and saw on my blog because after I hung up with Mum I thanked him for being so hospitable to me and he then said that if I needed to use the internet the next day that I could come down to his office and work there.
Yes thanks Thomas, I will gladly accept your offer.
Even the staff lunchroom was right next door where there was a coffee machine with an endless supply of java.
I cleared out a backlog of pictures and it allowed me to get a post up on the blog. I made quite a few friends there in the interim, a lot of the staff came down just to say hi to the guy with the sidecar parked outside in -10° weather.
I was thinking that I really should stay as I had some repair work that had crept up on the bike that needed attention, mainly wiring. The On/Off switch on the WARN SDB160 Spot Lights that I use on the bike had, through 3 years of road abuse and many many rainstorms, shorted out inside rendering the lights unusable.
Up until now and before coming to Sweden I never really had a situation that I needed all the candlepower that my WARN Spotlights afforded. But once you get up toward the middle of Sweden and further north, it gets dark, really dark. And most if not all of the cars I saw on the road had so many lights on the front of them they looked like a Group B Rally Car. That’s a little overkill I thought to myself.
Well no, turns out it’s not overkill at all. On the contrary it’s a necessity to have really powerful aftermarket lights on your vehicle up here in this part of the world.
Once I started driving up here in Sweden I realized exactly why they have all those lights on the front of their cars. You really do need them up here, it’s the only way you’re going to be able to see whats ahead of you on the long dark roads, especially if it’s a 1400lb Moose. At this time of the year it’s dark for most of the day, the sun goes down at 2 or so, by 3:15 it’s dark. And I’m still only in the middle of Sweden. Once I get up north there’s maybe one or two hours of daylight.
I’ve stayed here in Stromsund longer than I originally intended to, a number of reasons for that really, one of them being a triple header birthday party for three of the members of the Stromsunds MC club who were between them celebrating 150 years of birthday.
Another reason was that I had an opportunity to be able to ride the bike up the ramp at the side and into the Stromsunds MC clubhouse and do a little work on it, so I took full advantage of that.
Eleonor and Roban, Stromsunds MC, Nov 2012.
And it still continues.
Next week RIDE AWAY CANCER meets two special kids here in Stromsund.
Ante, a 5 year old boy with Leukemia and Isac whose Dad Tommy passed away a year ago and left Isac with a big hole inside him, so we tried to make both of their days a little better by giving them a ride in the RIDE AWAY CANCER sidecar.
And we also see more of the new friend we met, Zacco.