I left Falkenberg two days ago intending to walk a ways down the coast and look for a suitable campsite. There looked to be plenty of possibilities on the map and I was almost looking forward to pitching the tent. But as I walked through Ugglarp a van slowed down and a face almost as suntaned as mine peered out, “Are you the guy that’s walking to Sydney? I recognized your cart from the artivle in GT.”
As usual, the Mule was more famous than I….
The guy with the taned face turned out to be Stefan, from Borås, who was down for the weekend at his summer house to do some bicycle training for the upcoming Vettern Runt. When he heard that I was planning to camp out, he promptly offered me the use of his guest house.
As if that wasn’t enough, he served up a great dinner and some beers as we sat down together with his mates Christer and Niklas to watch Sweden in the soccer world cup qualifier. I won’t talk about the result…
Next morning I was back on the road and heading towards Halmstad where Mats and Birgitta from Falkenberg had arranged for me to stay at some of their friends, Birgitta and Jörgen.
Another great stay with incredible hospitality! Swedes are often derided for their coldness and lack of hospitality, don’t know where that stupid idè came from.
Sunday morning I headed out of Halmstad, again intent on following the coast southwards. Everything rolled along so nicely and quickly that I almost forgot that I would pass an important point today. I have now walked more than 1000 km!
This is the Mule at 1004 km, missed the 1000 km mark.
As I write this, I am sitting in a hostel almost on the beach at Mellbystrand where I intend to spend all of tomorrow. Taking the day off from walking for a few reasons. One is that I need to sit down and write down the impressions from the last few weeks before I forget all that has happened. Another is that I really want to go for a barefoot jog along the beach and, thirdly, I will be giving an interview on Swedish Radio P4 Extra tomorrow. Not sure what time it will be on, but sometime just after 15.00 I suspect.
Actually had the boomerang out at the beach the other day and I can proudly say that I still know how to throw it!
Now it’s time to hit the sack and rest my feet…