Sälen (Vindfallen) to Sundetkojan
After taking it (too) easy the last few days, my restless feet want to be unleashed again. Before five, I leave my cozy cabin.
A bit of road bash along a quiet highway takes me to Sälen, where I join the Vasaloppsleden. Overall, a pleasant mix of forestry roads and forest tracks. Some of them boardwalked (I actually quite like these boardwalks as I feel like floating above the ground), some rocky bits but mostly pure, soft forest soil. Pleasant and easy to walk.
I'm thinking big today. About me, skirting around Göteborg in a few weeks, the beach walk in Denmark next year and my arrival in Switzerland. Of course, I need to think big when I plan my big hikes. However, while hiking, thinking too far ahead is usually not a wise thing. It makes me feel small, the goal unachievable when I walk with my 4 kilometers an hour.
Anyway, I pass some little villages and some ancient mills (not George ;). The day goes by fairly unspectacularly. Until some towering cumulus clouds bring in some spice when they turn into full grown cumulu-nimbus clouds. And I am headed right for them. Luckily, the lightning seem to be within the cloud. Still, the thunder directly above me is impressive. It's a constant rumble. I keep on pressing, aiming for my hut. Shortly before reaching it, fat, lazy raindrops start plunging down. I'm astonished it took them so long. Now... should I change into rain gear or continue in my sunshine outfit? I go for the latter and with a sprint I make it reasonably dry to the hut. Spectacularly located on a lake.
While it's pouring down outside, I unpack and get my food ready. 50 kilometers make me hungry... Before eating and changing I quickly jump into the inviting lake. Surprisingly warm but I retain from swimming out. Would be a shame to get struck by a lightning with dinner already cooking.
After finishing my big pot of pasta, I play 3 rounds of Yatze with my young German hut mate (and stand no chance). While playing weather improves greatly. In fact the weather and the glittering lake look so inviting that I finish a lovely day with a sunset swim.