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Grilled Sandwich

By walking on 2013.09.03 In Day hike Hallandsleden

Was dropped off by my chauffeur at the same spot in Hjälm on July 3rd that I was picked up on June 29th. New month but an old spot. This time the weather was warm and sunny so I was outfitted with sun screen, light clothing and sunglasses. Also my new shoes and backpack was on which turned out to be two awesome additions to my hiking gear. It felt great being out again as soon as I started walking and couldn’t wait to discover new things.
 
Cars have to turn right but I can walk straight.

Cars have to turn right but I can walk straight.

 
The first part was a really nice forest walk and it felt even better due to the amazing weather. I already knew Hallandsleden would pass near Naturum on Fjärås Bräcka about halfway into the day’s hike, so I was looking forward to a fika there. Both the weather and this prospect of fika probably made my pace quicker today, and suddenly I found myself walking along the road by Fjärås kyrka. Just by the church I saw a sign for Naturum 4km away which was showing the driving route, but I knew my stretch would be shorter since the trail goes along the top of Fjärås Bräcka while the cars have no choice than to drive around it. While walking along Bräckan I met people for the first time during the day. Families out on a small daytrip to discover the landscape left after glaciers during the last Ice Age. Some kids were complaining to their parents about having tired legs and almost went on strike refusing to walk another step. My legs on the other hand were still strong and took me to Naturum.
 
Magnificent view from "Bräckan".

Magnificent view from “Bräckan”.

 
Just to arrive at Naturum was fun and a new experience. Walking into the café and ordering a grilled mozzarella sandwich for lunch felt great. The walk to Naturum had made me hungry, and of course the sandwich was delicious. I took my time to thoroughly enjoy it while sitting in the house, sheltered from the sun’s rays. It felt like experiencing a tiny bit of what Lady Grey mentioned about going into a real restaurant, eating real cooked foods after hiking for several days out on the AT. Sure, I’d only gone about 6 or 7 km so it only was a very small taste of her experience of walking the AT.
 
Before leaving Naturum I filled up my water bottles, which turned out to be good since the heat made me drink a lot more than usual. The added water brought my backpack back to the morning’s starting weight as I headed off after lunch. During this I tried to imagine how the walk would be up to Äskhult. I couldn’t see how it would be able to pass through forests much of the way and thus expected a lot of road walking. I didn’t want to check the map and walking through Kungsbacka kommun the markings are good enough to follow without needing a map. Thus one can instead just walk and enjoy the surroundings which I did.
 
After a few minutes I walked past The cholera cemetary and later The Iron Age gravesite at Li. The history that surrounds Bräckan is just mind-boggling and the view towards the ocean is awesome. From there the trail followed roads off and on till the village of Tom where it entered the forest. Walking there that day was so lovely with the light streaming down through the trees. The ground was dry, plus the trail was mostly wide and easy to walk. Felt very much like a nice stroll not far from home. Once again it was so quiet despite being so close to civilisation just like the last leg.
 
A nice stroll in a nearby forest.

A nice stroll in a nearby forest.

 
Outside of Skår the trail came up on a gravel road where I suddenly was surrounded by several small dogs. Their barking was heard long before they showed up and there were 5-6 small dogs jumping around me. I stood still and let them inspect me which made their interest subside. After them came two women running and yelling at the dogs. According to one of the women a pup in this pack gets nervous about anything new and starts barking like crazy which makes the whole gang go nuts. The dogs let me walk on, but when passing the main house they came out again barking and running around like mad. I waited for one of the women to once again show up and the dogs followed her back to the stables.
 
At the end of the hike I walked up along a stream in a beautiful beech forest. There was a field up ahead, and knowing Äskhult is surrounded by fields I thought the end couldn’t be far off. My chauffeur had earlier alerted me to the fact that he was on his way when finding out I had seen a sign to the village Axtorp. I turned around something that felt like a corner and suddenly the windshed of Äskhult was there. Poof, the walk was at its end. It was weird knowing that I had walked 15 km again but this time it felt a lot shorter. Sat down in the windshed enjoying my sandwiches not wanting the hike to end.
 
The windshed at the Äskhult.

The windshed at the Äskhult.

 
When finished I walked up to Äskhult’s parking lot just as my chauffeur arrived. Once again I was already longing for the next leg when going home.

Today: 15 km
Total: 30 km

Hallandsleden total: 267 km
Done: 27 km
Left: 240 km

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