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By walking on 2013.10.08 In Day hike Hallandsleden Hiker buddy

This hike on August 3rd was the first with a hiking buddy. Guess last time’s lost phone hike made chauffeur no 1 decide to check out what the heck I was doing while being gone for a whole day. Actually weighed my backpack before starting and with water it came to just over 6 kg. I know I’m not a light hiker but it feels alright when walking, especially when the water weight decreases km by km.
Beautiful forest walk

Beautiful forest walk

We started out parking one car at Dranstugan and then headed to Stättared. This we could do since my parents had left their car with us while being away on a trip. Parked the other car by the hostel and set off. Here we parked right up by the hostel since we figured it would be better “protected” from hooligans and wild animals there, or sommin along that line of thought. Wild animals seemed to be plenty that day around the hostel since there was some kind of bunny competition going on right by the parking area.
Walked up to where we left the trail last time and continued south. The first stretch goes along the lake with several nice view points looking out over the lake and surrounding areas. It was a beautiful morning and despite chauffeur’s concern we turned out to have a pretty similar walking pace. He had been worried about him getting frustrated from me walking too slow for his liking but it was almost the opposite at times. He’s stronger up hills but I’m better at walking long stretches at a steady pace.
The stone slab

The stone slab

In the middle of all this we found a stoneslab which had been inscribed by lovers centuries ago. It’s a nice feeling finding such memories knowing they were married long and had like ten kids. Sure, I don’t know if they were happy but the story is nice. As we turned away from the lake we ended up at a farm. Now this was where my concerns about the trail through Varberg kommun not being as well kept as through Kungsbacka kommun turned into reality. The stories started to show that they might be true. According to one map we were supposed to walk along a path outside the wall and another that we should follow the road inside the wall. We didn’t see any path outside the wall and stubborn me walked up the road. When we came to the other end of the wall we saw arrows showing how the path followed the wall but there was no path. Just waist high grass. This was not the last time we saw this type of thing during that day. After this mishap there was some road walking happening.
Clear cut with view

Clear cut with view

When we came into the forest again there was this awesome forest path with a high tree ceiling and everything was beautiful. The forest walking continued after this and about midday we passed by a viewing spot marked out on the map. We sorta climb-hiked up and found ourselves on a clearcut hilltop. Took a treestump each as chair and enjoyed our lunch. Lunch consisted of fresh baked buns from our local bakery the same morning which made our sammiches fresh and awesome. It was fun having a hiking buddy along even if we during lunch sat like 10m apart due to the stumps’ locations. The day so far was beautiful and we had a nice time walking along the trail. My thoughts started to drift off to the upcoming part through Veddige since I had seen discussions about that part in mountainbike forums. Mostly it had been about how the trail was not marked properly through Veddige.
One of the crossings

One of the crossings

After lunch we went down to the trail again following it through this amazing forest. Then came the part through Veddige which turned out quiet interesting to say the least. First we came to the slope down Veddige portar which was kinda steep but there was a staircase to help hikers along. Just watch your step on it since at least one step was broken when we went down on it. After crossing the road we followed a path down towards a railroad crossing. When we had passed the crossing unharmed the next marker was standing in the middle of a long patch of headhigh willowherbs. I was not gonna walk through that when we could just walk along the asphalted aread around the factory right by the railroad which was not fenced. Since it was Saturday the area was empty. When we had walked along the first side of the factory we noticed a marker that was accessible without fighting plants. From this marker we could follow the path as planned even if we found one marker laying on the ground hidden from view behind a pile of concrete poles.
Hidden pole

Hidden pole

After the factory we crossed the main road 41 and ended up on a road with very few markers along the sides. There were markers at every turn we had to make though up until the crossing by a gravel-pit. The only marking at this crossing were for the riding path which sorta pointed into the road passing right by the pit. But usually when there’s no markers one is supposed to just keep straight. And since we’re both kinda stubborn I went right and Hiker buddy straight. Straight was also uphill while right was flat. After having passed the whole pit I finally saw one marker and after that how the trail went into the woods again. Sent an sms to Hiker buddy and had to wait a bit for him to show up since he’s quick uphill.  Our theory is that the road along the pit has recently been moved and thus the markers where gone. After this the trail kept going a bit uphill and then a bit downhill through the forest and along fields.
Gravel pit

Gravel pit

When we were in the valley walking along roads the rain started coming down slowly. Felt very professional unpacking the raingear and my southwestern to keep on walking. We knew it was only one hill left to cross and then we should arrive at Dranstugan. Up till now I had been a bit suspicious about my Southwestern hat. It felt so serious and warm and just a bit too much all over. This all changed on this walk. Felt so great putting it on and keeping my head dry and warm while letting warm air escape by the neck thus letting my get a bit less sweaty inside my rain jacket. After awhile the rain subsided and we once again walked up a hill and then down  the same hill. Finally reached the crossing where the trail went one way and Dranstugan was to the left. Did my traditional sitting in the windshed ritual before going home to the now regular after hike pizza and wine dinner.
Windshed at Dranstugan

Windshed at Dranstugan

Really enjoyed having a hiker buddy along and I hope there will be more of those up ahead.

Today: 16 km
Total: 59 km

Hallandsleden total: 267 km
Done: 56 km
Left: 211  km
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