2009-01-31 66 21
Having learned a few things from my previous expedition, I hoped this wouldn't prove to be as disastrous. I decided to start out early, packed my backpack in the morning and watched the sun rise during the hour-and-a-half long drive south. I parked along E10 about 2.6 km from the hash, then proceeded on skis.
The forest was dense, but nowhere near as bad as last time. There were some low hills to climb, but nothing that proved to be a problem. The last 700 m were open, flat terrain - first a lake (which I had discovered earlier on Google Maps), then some frozen bogs. To entertain myself I decided to measure my stride length - turned out I moved about 75 m per 100 steps. I was having so much fun counting I even overshot the hashpoint by 50 m, so I proceeded with the usual circling around to find the right spot.
I saw lots of animal tracks along the way, mostly from moose and hare. I also heard something that went tock tock, tock, tock, tock tock - probably a woodpecker.
On the way back I saw some dark clouds and... a rainbow!? Never seen that in the winter before.
I forgot to reset my odometer, so I don't really know how far I went. Probably at least 6 km on skiis and over 250 by car. It took over two hours of skiing to get to the hash, but just an hour to get back. Having prepared tracks really makes it easier.
I saw two reindeer roadkills. I also passed by the Stenbron reststop, where a geocacher was murdered in 2008. :-(
On my way back, I made a short detour into Gällivare to refuel both my car and myself. I bought a really sour lemon beverage and some candy. Mmm, calories.
|the ru earned the Virgin Graticule Achievement|
| the ru achieved level 1 of the Minesweeper Geohash achievement