Day 24 - Trolltunga (continued) Finally, after an hour in line, it was my turn to step out on Trolltunga. I very slowly made my way to the end and very carefully sat down. I was so focused on staying alive that even taking pictures was hard. My hands were needed elsewhere! I snapped a couple shots of my feet and did not dare taking a selfie. This was all supposed to have been recorded by my goPro, but unfortunately I accidentally left it on while I was waiting in line. My last battery died at some point during that. I have a lot of footage of people's backs. At 3pm I started the walk back to the parking lot. The last bus to Odda was due to depart in 5 hours, at 8pm. The walk back takes you down the exact same trail as the walk there.. I took less pictures and many of them look similar for that reason. The ones posted here stood out to me as being a bit different By 5:22pm I was about halfway back. I was more or less on schedule, but I was starting to feel the hike taking its toll on me. With about 3km left I realized that the sun had been hitting me hard and I did not have my sunhat on. Looking back at my (badly) taken selfies, I had a bit of a tan going on even.. and the sun was beginning to have a small effect on my mental faculties. I cursed my mistake, put on my sunhat, and tredged on. I did not think to put my sunhat on because on the way there it was just so cloudy. It totally slipped my mind to re-consider the conditions once the sun came out again, it sort of did so gradually and snuck up on me. With about 1.5 km left I felt a sharp pain in my right knee. I stopped to reassess the situation. The pain was coming back each time I bent my right leg. I had 750m or so of flat walking ahead, but then the steepest part of the trail, straight down.. I gulped down a couple pain pills in gelcap form and hopped forward, trying to only put weight on my left leg. This was easy enough on relatively flat ground with a hiking pole, if annoying and slow. Time was running out though and I had to get back to that parking lot before the last bus left. The hike down took a very long time. Sections are very steep, making it really tough to get down if you're also trying to not bend your right leg. I had to readjust after every step down to make sure that the next step would lead to me landing on my left leg, all while my right leg does not bend too much. All at the same time people were passing me and I had to get out of the way, which also slowed me down. I had to forget about the pain, the annoyance, that it felt like I had very little energy left in the tank, and focus on every single step one at a time. At first I didn't think I was going to make it, but I managed to make it to the bottom by 7:47pm. I sat down beside the other people waiting for the bus in relief. I was drained of energy, my right knee hurt and might have gotten damaged, the sun made me a bit loopy as well, and on top of all that I ended up sweating quite a bit throughout the walk. I felt like some parts of my body were chafed right off, and it hurt a bit, but for the time being I was happy to just have made it to the parking lot on time. I had dinner at a steakhouse that day. Nothing fancy, just an order of Biffsnadder and some adult beverages. But first I of course showered and changed. The last entry of the day in my journal reads: "Destroyed"