22. August 2021
Day 79: The Southbound Tick Express
Södra Holmsjön to Kråksjön
My eastwards facing vindskydd offers me an amazing view at the burning morning sky. Still nicely wrapped in my sleeping bag, I cook some porridge. Breakfast in bed. A little bit of luxury out here.
I take it slow. Scared to walk as I know the first few steps will hard. They always are after a long day. Eventually, nature calls and the 50 steps to the toilet are torture. Luckily it only last for a couple of seconds. Once hitting the trail, everything is back in the green. Not much to write about today. So forestry roads, but mostly on great footpaths, leading me through the forest. They are overgrown though and I am an easy prey for the ticks. By 8, I have removed around 10 of them, at the end of the day, 25 maybe? I stopped counting. This really is a pain in the ass but that's just part of the trail. Something I got to deal with.
At least I'm now on an a heading, which more or less takes me straight to the south. After all this detour to the east and west quite a relief. In fact, as of today, I'm further down south than Stockholm. Some motivation for the coming days.
Around 17:00 I check-in at Kråksjön vindskydd. Another amazing shelter. Thank you Sweden for providing them. They make my trail life so much better.
Today it's time for a fire again. But that comes with a price: without sawing and chopping wood, no fire. It takes me 30 minutes, however, it's a welcome change from walking.