14. August 2021
Day 71: Short And Sweet
Brasjön to Gradbodarna
I made promises to myself yesterday to squeeze in these extra miles. And promises are here to be kept. So I enjoy my porridge with extremely locally sourced blueberries (from behind the vindskydd), while watching a lovely sunrise.
It's (for me) late, when I leave the vindskydd shortly after 6.
The trail is not nearly as nice to walk as yesterday. Muddy, wet. These muddy trails usually are full of prints: boots, dogs, (rein)deer. More or less always the same ones. Well, not today. Today I spot something different. Something big. My first thought: bear. And this sends a shiver down my spine.
Double checking with a "find out which animal it is guide" quickly confirms it. I'm not alone out there. I sing a bit louder on the next kilometers.
As I'm getting tired of the mud, I decide to walk on the parallel road. Saves me the hassle and some kilometers.
My second promise, to keep my hike short today, is also easily fulfilled. By 15:00 I reach Gradbodarna, where I plan on camping in the vindskydd. I'm about to unpack my stuff, when I am approached by someone with the usual question where my hike is taking me. It's an ice breaker question respectively answer, as it's not something too common I'm doing here.
Anyway, we have a lovely chat about the history of this place, which dates back to the 16th century. He offers me to stay in his cabin's BBQ hut, which I gladly accept. After providing me with firewood and fresh water, he leaves me to it and drives off back to his home.
With a warming fire going and after three long 50km days, I enjoy a long, relaxing afternoon.