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Around Sweden in a kayak

Follow Englishman James Cox as he kayaks around the entire Swedish coast line for charity.

Approaching Stockholm

I woke up in the comfort of my own little cabin on Eva and Rolf’s boat, it was 7:30am and I was feeling a bit groggy after a couple of beers with all the lovely locals the night before.

The previous day had really taken its toll on my body and I was very stiff and aching all over. The wonderful welcome and hospitality I had experienced the night before continued in the form of a lovely breakfast. The sun was beating down with intense heat and it was only 8:00am.

After setting off my progress was painfully slow. My body felt like it was hitting a wall, everything was aching from my ankles, my ass and of course my entire upper body. I had to take a lot of breaks and I had to be careful not to run out of water, which was very hard in the heat.

I’ve been really excited about paddling through this area of the Swedish coastline as so many have said its the best part of Sweden and I have to agree, its absolutely incredible.

The islands are gradually rising in height from the Baltic giving you a little bit more to look at. As I draw closer to Stockholm the more populated the islands and the mainland cliffs over looking the Baltic have become. The Swedes do living by the water better than anyone, some of the houses are just stunning. The only problem is I’ve also noticed a rise in speed boats and jet skis, there’s no sound that makes me more nervous than the bee like buzzing of a fast approaching speed boat.

After a long hard day struggling with the heat, aching body parts and dehydration I paddled into a lovely sheltered bay with a wonderful sandy beach. I set up camp filled up on water and cooled off/had a wash in the lovely cool sea.

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