Looking for the needle

Saturday 11 April 2009 Sundsvall

Piteå-Utanede 1-Utanede 2-Sundsvall (682 km)
Did some early morning shopping at COOP, then we made some pancake in the oven, it was a lazy morning and a late departure about 11:30, the goal was to drive down south and to find the famous Thai Pavilion in “Ragunda kommun”. We did a search on Google maps for Utanede and set the course. But it wasn’t that simple, we soon found out that there were two Utanede, the other one 10 miles away so we had to drive some more miles to find the right Utanede. We made a quick coffee break down at Indalsälven watching the sundown. Finally we found the temple it was beautiful, but strange to see it covered in snow, not as in Thailand; I guess a lot of Thai people come here in the summertime.

Thanks to our driving misnomer we stumbled on ”Santa’s Claus workshop” (Tomteverkstad) it was an incredible discovery, when all people believe he stays at the North Pole he had his secret hideout here. But I promised him to not tell any other people were he stays off season and he also gave me the exact coordinates for the Thai Memorial.

Then it was time to find a sleeping place for the night, we drove along Indalsälven and a very misty road. Not many hostels seemed to be open this time of the year, at last we found ”Dingersjö Värdshus” Hotell & Vandrarhem” were got a spacious six bedroom with a frigging cold floor, but at least we had a place to sleep at/:)

Ragnar Asker
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