Section hiking Skåneleden long distance sub-trail SL4 from Eljaröd bus stop to Ystad in the south
Sunday 30th September 2018
Lövestads Åsar to Vitabäck to Snogeholm to Camp two – 34 km total for the day
I had a reasonably good night’s sleep without waking up too much. My Swedish shelter friends talked and enjoyed themselves until I don’t know when. I didn’t hear them much as I was so tired. In the early hours I could hear one of them snoring but I guess one of the others must of told him to shut up or poked him because it didn’t last long. By the time I had consumed breakfast and packed they were awake. I bid them farewell and thanked them for a pleasant evening.
The weather was mild and it was nice that the wind had finally settled down. I followed the trail along the ridge line that I was on through the beech forest. There was not much forest after that but a lot of road walking.
At one stage I suddenly realized that I couldn’t see the trail blazers anymore. After backtracking a little I discovered that I had missed a turnoff. I finally found the sign (N55° 37.634′ E13° 51.148′) indicating where the turn was. The post that supported the blazer was laying on the ground and not visible to anyone walking by. I’m not sure if this was due to vandalism or a vehicle had hit it or something else.
Around midday I was sitting taking a break, sitting on some logs and I sort of got the feeling that I wasn’t alone. When I looked up to the right this tree below, was was staring right back at me. It sort of startled me and I quickly finished my snack and got on my way again saying goodbye to Mr. Treeface first.
After this little forest more road walking presented itself for me and at around 13:30 pm I took a lunch break at the Vitabäck shelter which was not too far off the road. When I was done with lunch a couple of cars turned up and parked in the little car park 500 m from the shelter. In one car an old couple disembarked accompanied by their little dog. They were obviously local people and were just going for a walk with their dog. I said hello and continued on my way to lake Snogeholmssjön just before the Snogeholm shelter area.
There were a lot of people out around lake Snogeholmssjön. It was a Sunday afternoon, but it was also the Swedish “høstjevndøgn” celebrations or when the autumn Equinox has passed. An equinox is commonly regarded as the moment when the plane of Earth’s equator passes through the center of the Sun, which occurs twice each year: around 20 March and 22–23 September. In other words, it is the moment at which the center of the visible Sun is directly above the Equator. Because of the høstjevndøgn many Swedish families were out and about celebrating and joining in the many activities on offer around the lake. There seemed to be many food stalls as well.
At 15:15 pm I arrived at the Snogeholm shelter place. I was quite impressed with the facilities. There were two shelters, a fire place, a cage with firewood just like the previous shelter and there were signs indicating tap water. I followed the signs for a little way but as I wasn’t in need of water I decided not to follow the markers any further. But there was obviously water available somewhere here. There were also many perfect tent sites available. This was the site that I had planned to over-nite at tonight but because it was so early in the afternoon I decided to continue and then find somewhere I could to sleep for the night. It was a shame but I wanted to have less mileage to cover in the morning so I could finish hiking earlier.
At 16:30 pm and just before I reached the Ystad county line, I passed a farm house. As I approached the property a dog started growling at me. I saw some movement at the back of the house and thought great someone is there and they will tell the dog that it is alright and hold it back. But they did nothing and the dog came out across the paddock and met me at the road. It kept on growling and barking and then circled around and looked like that it would attack the back of my legs. I tried not to panic and kept one of my trekking poles in front of me and one protecting the back of my legs. I then started to talk to the dog in a low calmed voice. That seemed to work and eventually it stopped barking and left me alone. But I got to tell you I was crapping my pants. I was attacked by a dog when I was younger so I freak out real quick when it comes to dogs (and cows). I was quite pleased with myself at how I handled the situation.
I checked my position on the map and noticed that over the next rise and about one kilometre away there was a forest up on the right. This was the last green area on my map before Ystad. It was also nicely located next to the lake Krageholmssjön and approximately 15 kilometres from Ystad. I found a perfect pitch on the edge of the forest with broken views through the trees towards an easterly direction. This meant that I should be able to witness a nice sunset in the morning if it is not too cloudy.
I had walked 34 km today and I was very tired and hungry. The first thing I did was soak my evening meal so it could re-hydrate while I did my camp chores. Then I concentrated on erecting my Tarptent Notch. It is defiantly a lot smaller than my Zpacks Duplex but it has a special place in my heart. It is also very easy and fast to pitch.
At 18:10 pm I sat down to dinner. I had about half an hour before the sun would set so I had time to eat, wash up and get ready for bed. I love going to bed just after dusk. Once again I sucessfully warmed my food without burning it on the bottom of the titanium pot. Looks like I have the Vargo BOT-700 and the Soto Windmaster all under control now.
After I laid down to sleep in my Notch I listened to all the forest noises before going to sleep. Some deer were running around camp not far from me just after it got dark. They soon settled and did their “deer” things and then I went to sleep.
Edited and updated October 7th 2018
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