Day 53. Stugudalen weather and rest day

Posted by: James on February 22, 2009

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I had fully intended to go to Nedalshytta cabin today. But by the time I got up, had breakfast, wrote the blog (which I should have done last night) it was approaching 1100. The weather was not great with intermittent snow showers and a good breeze. Apparently the ski track was erratic and there would be some deep snow.

All in all I suppose I was looking for excuses to rest my weary body. In the end I found enough and had a short siesta. When I woke I spent the afternoon sending emails, washing cloths and resting more.

The hotel was starting to grow on me more. At the buffet supper where I gorged myself again a few people came to chat to me.

One person was the owner. He was like most Norwegians justifiably proud of his heritage. One thing he told me about the hotel was that Thor Hyerdahl had spent the summer of 1948 here. He took over the upstairs lounge with the fire place and wrote Kon-Tiki here.

With the washing laid out to dry and today’s blog done there was a good opportunity for an early bed to prepare for the short but potentially difficult 18 km tomorrow to Nedalshytta cabin on the edge of the Sylan range of mountains.

From there I will probably cross the border into Sweden where the Sylan mountains are more spectacular. Then follow the Karoliner path for a couple of days to reach the town of Storlien.

The Karoliner path is so called after possibly the greatest military tragedy in Scandinavia. An army of some 10,000 Swedish soldiers was sent to attack Trondheim about 300 years ago. This poorly equipped army failed and beat a retreat through Tydal valley. By this stage the impoverished soldiers had lost a few thousand men and the remainder took to looting food and clothing to survive. In a desperate bid to return to Sweden they fled through the Sylan mountains during the approach of winter.

Midway through the mountains a storm struck and well over 3,000 Karoliner soldiers perished in it. Their corpses lay where they fell and that summer the smell on the summer farms in the area was said to be unbearable.

Hopefully my equipment will be better and any winter storm remain dormant when I cross.

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