Almost like summer

The weather forecast was right: today it was warm and sunny. Really warm considering that it is mid-October and that it snowed last week. 20 °C we had in Skelleftehamn today! Probably the last opportunity to bicycle in a T-shirt this year.

I followed a way through the forest that I already knew but hardly recognised: The illuminated ski track between Skelleftehamn and Ursviken. (That’s what it looks like in winter.)

After a while I left this path and walked the bike along a trail marked with red crosses. Red crosses mean, that it’s a winter way and following such in summer may send you into swamps, bogs or even lakes. Although the ground was wet I was lucky. Some makeshift bridges, probably made by snowmobile drivers helped me over some boggy passages and soon I was on the other side of the lake with the creative name “Sjön” (The lake).

I continued to the right, already heading home but with some detours.

Detour 1: A short walk up the mountain Örberget. Despite of its incredible height of more than 40 meters – that’s almost 10 meters higher than the gravel road – you have a view of the Baltic Sea. The rocks were quite wet, probably because they were much colder than the air so that the moisture condensed on the surface.

Detour 2: Down to the cabins by the bay Djupviken. The photo may be silly, but it’s a reminiscence of the kayak tour last week where I carried the kayak cross the road at the very same place.

Soon I was home again where the thermometer showed temperatures betwwen 19 °C and 20 °C. Two hours later I was at the local beach, ready for a bath. After the air felt like summer and the beach looked like autumn I expected the water to feel like winter. It was cold but warmer than expected: 9 °C. Refreshing!

9 comments to “Almost like summer”

  1. Johanna 2018-10-14 18:45

    Hallo Olaf,
    ist schon ein bisschen verrückt ,oder?
    Bei mir waren es in der vergangenen Woche täglich 25 ° -28 ° ! Als ob der Sommer nicht verstanden hat , dass er eigentlich zu Ende ist …..
    Aber Du hattest immerhin schon ein klitzekleines Winter-Intermezzo :-)

  2. Annika 2018-10-14 21:03

    Ich bin froh, dass Du einen Helm aufhattest!

  3. way-up-north 2018-10-14 21:05

    Johanna: Mal schauen, wann der Winter das nächste Mal vorbeischaut und für wie lange.

    Annika: Warum? Weil die Fahrradtour so gefährlich war oder prinzipiell? Ich habe im Übrigen immer einen Helm auf, selbst wenn ich nur zu ICA fahre.

  4. Annika 2018-10-15 00:01

    Nein, wegen der Bergwanderung.

  5. Johanna 2018-10-15 00:15

    : D

  6. way-up-north 2018-10-15 07:22

    Annika, das Helm-Auf-Photo kennst aber nur Du ;-)

  7. Annika 2018-10-15 09:57

    Das reicht ja. :-)

  8. Elijah 2018-10-15 15:28

    I never ever saw any silly foto in your blog!
    Did you wear a helmet while swimming in 9°C cool waters???

  9. way-up-north 2018-10-15 17:33

    No silly photo, Elijah, not a single one? Hardly believable.

    By the way: I prefer swimming without helmet. Anyhow, when I went up the “mountain” I had still my bicycle helmet on and made a selfie for Annika. That’s how this helmet discussion started ;-)

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