Day 81: In Need Of Motivation

Stora Djäknasjön to Röåsjön Vindskydd

Distance: 38km

A continuous up and down. Not the topography my trail life. While yesterday was a super hiking day, it looks different today. Not the first few kilometers to Granvik though. They are fairly nice. Also the bathing place of Granvik itself looks inviting. Maybe at 6 in the morning a bit too early for a swim but the views across Vättern are pretty.

From there the trail climbs and descends surprisingly steep over several rock formations. While I don't mind, I wasn't expecting it. When the trail is becoming more and more overgrown it's becoming annoying. At one point, when the trail veers off to the north, I decide to abandon it and walk along a gravel road. Saves me 5 to 10 kilometers and a lot of nerves. Luckily, the military shooting range seems quiet. Maybe they follow the Swiss schedule and don't do any exercising before 8.
I pass the museum like town Forsvik and then climb Vaberget, which offers the only decent views of today. Also from up here, Vättern looks big.

At Mölltorp, I resupply. Nothing else to do and see there. The pizzeria looks not too inviting. They never do when they combine it with a Kebab place. I guess as Swiss living 20km away from the Italian border, I am a bit spoiled.

More road walks follows. I feel tired, unmotivated and am relieved when the last 3 kilometers are along a good hiking trail. The vindskydd though. A bit of a letdown. Really. They chopped the forest around it. A rather sad sight. I'm out of energy though to continue. And I wouldn't no where anyway. The next shelter is 13 kilometers away in the middle of nowhere. No reason to go there.
After unpacking, I head down to the lake. The water looking extremely filthy. As I am not exactly prepared for a dry camp, I get some water for cooking nonetheless. I'm positive my stomach can handle it just fine after boiling it for five minutes. If not, well... Better not think too much about it. Bon appetite! 

Lovely start into the day. A look back at Stora Djäknasjön.
Lovely start into the day. A look back at Stora Djäknasjön.
Vättern
Vättern
Some rough trail for breakfast
Some rough trail for breakfast
Forsvik
Forsvik
Forsvik again
Forsvik again
And one last time
And one last time
The view from Vaberget
The view from Vaberget
Narrow staircase. Should have left my pack at the bottom.
Narrow staircase. Should have left my pack at the bottom.
Overgrown railway track. Reminds me of my trail.
Overgrown railway track. Reminds me of my trail.
Röåsjön Vindskydd
Röåsjön Vindskydd
I've had better views
I've had better views
That's how it's supposed to look
That's how it's supposed to look
Addendum from yesterday. Cooling down in the lake.
Addendum from yesterday. Cooling down in the lake.

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