Södra Kroksjön to Jogen
My early starts are becoming later and later. Maybe a bit because I am getting lazier but mostly because the days are getting shorter rapidly. Today, with thick, black rain clouds hanging low above the trees it is especially dark. So dark in fact, I walk the first 30 minutes with my headlamp on. And by then it's well past six in the morning.
The rain or rather drizzle is soaking me quickly. Especially thanks to the strong wind, which makes the water hit me horizontally. Hard to stay dry. At least those rainy days usually mean good progress as I walk quickly and hardly ever stop to look around or take photos. My light backpack helps as well. In fact, I am running out of everything. Water, food, gas, battery... (okay, the low battery doesn't really make my pack much lighter). With the more frequent towns and resupply options, I continously postpone buying proper hiking food like pasta, raisins or peanuts. Just the usual bread and ice cream, which are gone within seconds.
Same today as I pass Mullsjö. Some bread and chocolate. Mainly just to get out of the rain. I am loitering around a quiet entrance for a while, charging my phone, waiting for the rain to pass. That really is trail life for me.
After a good hour I continue my hike, now heading away from the Vätern lake. West-southwest on a new trail with an non memorable, hard to pronouncing name. Initially it's aimlessly meandering around a forest before it follows a road for 15 or so kilometers, which on a much drier afternoon are quickly covered.
I'm not sure what would expect me at Jogen lake. Some sources say just a BBQ/pinic place, some say a vindskydd. Of course I hope for the latter. As I get closer, I can smell burning birch wood. Hopefully, the place is not occupied. That would be a bummer.
When I arrive, all I find is a nicely burning fire but no one around. They must come back shortly I think and wait a bit. Nothing happens. Oh well then, thanks to whoever made the fire. I gladly make myself comfortable, using the fire to cook my dinner. Saving some gas. Sweet!