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Day 14. From Tramsjo to Stockholm

Posted by admin On Julio - 22 - 2010

149 kilometers. 8 hours and 8 minutes

JL: Yesterday we slept in bunk beds inside a 9-square-meter wooden cottage located on a concrete esplanade next to a gas station at a crossroads. Let’s see, it wasn’t the most suitable place for spending a romantic evening on Saint Valentine’s Day. The little cottage in question had been soaking up the sun for 20 hours and, as a result, the heat the wood gave out made us spend a rough night. We sweated like pigs! We sweated more than when having a quickie on a Sky sofa in August at 3 o’clock in the afternoon. And to go from bad to worse, we couldn’t open the window because the mosquitos were raring to go and carrying a comprehensive medical kit for drawing blood samples.

There isn’t much to write home about. It drizzled a bit. The road turned into a highway and my partner, Ivan, woke up with stomachache. So, as you can see, the day wasn’t that happy. I hope he feels better tomorrow. He is a brave guy, though and didn’t complain much about it. Once, he broke his fibula and spent a whole week on the go from here to there with his broken fibula until his MD told him that the pain he was suffering wasn’t normal, and Ivan dismissed it. In March, he broke his right arm radius in a cycling training. In 4 weeks’ time, he was back on the bycicle. So, when it comes to speedy recovery, Ivan is the perfect candidate and not that Wolverine, mind you! Tomorrow he’ll be, for sure, back on the mend; if not, we’ll have to come up with some solutions.

Getting closer to a big capital city and a thickly populated area, and other important cities such as Uppsala, isn’t something that makes us extremely happy. We don’t have much choice but to go by that place to get to Nynäshamn, where the ship to Poland departs from. We swapped spots of stark beauty (a beauty to be enjoyed by everybody because it can be appreciated without any sort of explanation) for another type of aesthetics which needs to be interpreted.

We arrived in Stockholm shortly before 6 p.m. We quickly checked-in at the hotel and went shopping to get the necessary stuff to continue the trip. We don’t have much time for shopping in our daily routine. In most of the places we’ve been to, there aren’t many stores, apart from a bar and a little local supermarket. So, today was D-day! We bought a new front tandem saddle. The old one was racing-like, but as hard as a rock, and was “killing us softly”. We also bought some nutritional supplements like vitamins and protein shakes which are essential to this kind of adventures. Tooth paste, painkillers and, although it may look funny, we needed to get some underpants as well; 2 of them never came back from the laundry at the hotel in Piteä. However, it was mission impossible because the stores close at 7 o’clock sharp in the evening.

Little by little, we’re covering more and more kilometers for our solidarity count. Tomorrow, a 75-kilometer stage and we get on board, so there may be no post tomorrow because of lack of Internet connectivity.

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