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By walking on 2013.08.24 In Day hike Hallandsleden

The morning of June 29 came and so did the rain. With the rain came also my hiking partner deciding to be my chauffeur instead. Rain didn’t make me waiver instead it made me more resolute to do this. They say the first step on an adventure is the hardest one to take. Well, I couldn’t wait to take that step.

Starting out.

Starting out.

Outfit was rearranged a bit since the rain isn’t that nice in the forest while wearing jogging shoes. They were thus exchanged for my Doc Marten boots. Treated them quickly to make them more rain resistant. The rain also made me wish I had a Southwester but my chauffeur let me borrow his leather hat. Just as good.

Beautiful paths,

Forest path version 1.

Laptop backpack was filled with plastic bags containing lunch, a dry set of clothes in case I got too drenched, some money and a map. I was ready to go. We drove to Bunketorp where my walk would start along Bohusleden in order to get to the north end of Hallandsleden. The obligatory photo was of course taken and of I went. Felt weird walking along jogging tracks in my hiking gear at the same time it was kinda fun. At one point I saw some orange streaks moving across the forest ahead of me which turned out to be about 20-30 people all in orange t-shirts out running together. Even had the odd ones ending up behind standing at a cross road when I showed up wondering which way the others went. But they found their way.

Resting spot.

Resting spot.

After that encounter I left the Bunketorp area and ended up on what felt like the real thing. Somewhere in the beginning of this I saw a sign to “Raststuga” which I decided to follow. The signs, path and footbridge took me to a lovely small peninsula in a lake. There was a small open house, fireplace, garbage can and a huge tent. The tent was inhabitated by 4 MTB bikers who were getting ready to go on a day’s outing. Their tent was almost bigger than the little house so it looked funky but the spot was lovely for a short stop. I can highly recommend sitting on the house’s step looking out over the lake while eating a fruit. It was very reluctantly I walked back to Bohusleden and continued south.

 

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Bohusleden – Hallandsleden

The end of Bohusleden and start of Hallandsleden was by the lake Blåvättnerna. Very nicely situated and the windshed looked to be in good condition. Surprised me and made me start thinking one could actually sleep in them for real. Before this walk I thought they would just be simple lean-tos so this was a nice surprise for me. Decided to walk on since I just had made a stop earlier at the raststuga.

Windshed at Blåvättnerna.

Windshed at Blåvättnerna.

The hike was really nice. The path winded through forests and by farmland with a bigger road crossing in the middle of the stretch. Sure it rained off and on during the whole day but it didn’t bother me at all. Got into a really good habit of closing the jacket as soon as the first few drops came and thus was protected when the real showers started. Gear proved being good for this kind of weather and underneath I actually stayed dry the whole hike.

Forest paths can vary.

Forest path version 2.


Lunch I had in a forest during on of the dry spells sitting on a rock just by the path. It was relaxing and quiet when suddenly I heard hoofs approaching. I had seen horse tracks along the whole stretch almost and out of the trees two beautiful thoroughbreds bursted out. The riders got a bit startled by me sitting there eating my sandwiches in the middle of nowhere. These were the only people I saw after I left Bunketorp that day. Just after this I crossed a nice little stream and was so enticed by it I missed a turn, which I noticed 10m later so no hard feelings there.

Crossing the stream.

Crossing the stream.

I love these old parts of forests where one feels like it can have looked like this for centuries. It probably hasn’t but the feeling is there. Walking past parts that make you expect a troll out of a John Bauer story will emerge or a princess sitting admiring her image in a lake. Just beautiful and so utterly peaceful. And yet I was just outside of Sweden’s second largest city Gothenburg. It was awesomeness.

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Windshed at Stensjön.

When approaching Hjälm the houses started to congregate and my chauffeur alerted me to it not being long left to walk. It was really falling down water out of the sky by this point so I felt ready for the hike to end. The last bit also mostly was along roads which was not as nice as the forest paths I’d followed most of the day. For getting down to the windhsed was a slope which now was muddy and slippery. I managed to stay upright and was greeted by a nice dry spot to sit while waiting for my chauffeur. Finished off my lunchpack looking out over the lake being proud of walking 15 km and suprised by how fun it had been. Sat in the car home longing for the next hike which I hoped would be within a week.

Boots made for walking.

Boots made for walking.

 

Today: 15 km
Total: 15 km

Hallandsleden total: 267 km
Done: 12 km
Left: 255 km

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