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'Lawnmower man' embarks on Swedish road trip

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'Lawnmower man' embarks on Swedish road trip
Photo: STIHL
14:00 CEST+02:00
Truck driver Kjell Fundin mounted his trusty lawnmower on Monday to begin an epic road trip covering almost the entire length of Sweden.

Spanning a distance of 1,700 kilometres (1,060 miles), the lawnmower man expects the journey from Haparanda to Ystad to take at least a month to complete.

The idea for the journey came about after a well-known radio show host travelled the same route on a motorcycle during the summer. The 59-year-old Sundsvall native was distinctly unimpressed and decided to pop off an e-mail to RIX FM's Gert Fylking.

"I had a big mouth and said that if he could ride a motorcycle then I could drive a lawnmower. He then sorted out all the sponsorship and here I am," Fundin told Norrbottens-Kuriren.

Travelling on his STIHL Viking at a speed of 10 kilometres per hour, the lawnmower man will have plenty of time to ponder the enormity of his undertaking and perhaps to question his own sanity. But the generosity of the RIX FM sponsorship deal may well provide sufficient incentive to propel him onwards to the distant south.

"The fee is so large that I almost fainted when I was told," he said.

Although preferring not to reveal the amount, Fundin made it clear that it was more than worth his while taking a month off work. In return for the money, the radio station gets to select Fundin's route and steer his lawnmower clear of all major highways.

While happy to go through with the trip, Fundin did admit that it was not all fun and games travelling at a snail's pace though the forests of the north.

"It's a bit tiresome," he said.

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