Day 82: Precious Water

Röåsjön to Vitsjön 

Distance: 37km

It's been a lonely hike yesterday. Yes, I saw plenty of people. People sightseeing in Forsvik, people shopping in Mölltorp. Still, I haven't really talked to anyone. When hiking in the mountains or forest the whole day, without seeing anyone, then, strangely, I never feel this kind of loneliness. So I hoped someone might overnight at the vindskydd as well. However, I've usually had the shelter for myself. I didn't expect it to be different.
And sure enough, I had the vindskydd all for myself during a windy but extremely mild night.
My belly coped with the filthy water just fine, even though it made some strange sounds. Like a warning not to repeat that. 

Today's hike a mix of okay hiking trails, farm and forest tracks. Shortly after leaving the vindskydd, I slip on a sandy, steep descent. I hit my knee slightly. Nothing to worry about. Yet it shows that while the trail is not demanding anymore, I still need to concentrate.
There's a bit of drizzle in the morning. The first sign of the bad weather slowly creeping up and which will hit my area tonight. Well, after one week of sunshine, I should be able to handle two rainy days.

What currently is a challenge is drinking water. On the one hand my broken filter is not exactly helpful on the other hand there simply isn't any water apart from some filthy streams and ponds. I wouldn't even drink that after filtering it.
Luckily the Swedes are a helpful bunch of people. I ask a sweet old lady, who is sitting in her garden for some water. She happily agrees. Even though we don't speak a common language, I can more or less explain what journey I am on. She seems impressed and even asks for a photo :)
After this lovely encounter I continue. Feels good to have a full water bottle and having talked to someone again. 

Before 16:00 I arrive at Vitsjön vindskydd. It doesn't disappoint. Wonderful location by the lake. As usual.
I settle in, preparing for an initially stormy and then rainy night. 

Typical view this morning
Typical view this morning
Some open views as well
Some open views as well
Lunch break at Mullsjön
Lunch break at Mullsjön
A typical sight during the last couple of days
A typical sight during the last couple of days
The last few kilometers - slowly but surely feeling exhausted.
The last few kilometers - slowly but surely feeling exhausted.
Shortly before finishing: a bit of a challenge
Shortly before finishing: a bit of a challenge
Vitsjön vindskydd, hidden behind the trees on the right
Vitsjön vindskydd, hidden behind the trees on the right

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