Day 37, 7th of April. Kollevik camping to Slädö. 35.2 km, 5.5 km/hr average speed.
It’s weekend and this seems to be to Sweden what Sørlandet is to Norway; a very densely built area of summerhouses.
We saw more pleasure craft today than the rest of the trip taken together. Which means about seven. They all had something we lack: motor!
It has been a sunny, but windy and cool day. We struggled against six to seven m/s head winds throughout the day. We were further delayed by an issue with Erling’s new boat. Water was leaking into the cockpit. After about one hours paddle the stability started to get interesting, and then it was necessary to go to shore to empty the kayak.
We did some testing to find a cause, and most likely it is down to loose screws fastening the seat to the boat. Tomorrow will tell.
Anyway, a day in which we had to work for our kilometers. Toward 1900 hrs we spotted a nice place to pitch the tent. On closer inspection, there was already a tent there. And two kayaks! That was Hélène and Christian from Helsingborg, who were here for the weekend. Christian helped us onshore.
As we were going about pitching the tent and cooking dinner Hélène and Christian were building a campfire.
When it got dark we were welcomed to join them round the fire.
They are very experienced paddlers and encouraged us with their opinion that the coast north of Öland is the best part of Sweden for paddling. We’ll be there about a week from now. Weather Permitting.