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Victoria "QueenV" Heckler
Begins: Aug 7, 2015
Date: Tue, Aug 11th, 2015
Daily Distance: 15
Trip Distance: 108.0
Entry Visits: 168
Journal Visits: 1,412
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Day 5 - The Last Day!
I slept in this morning and as I was making breakfast, my friends were already heading out. I promised them that I would see them all at the finish line. I was feeling better than the day before, but I was undeniably sick with a cold. There were only 11 or so more miles to go and knowing this was my last day on the trail and that it was certain I would finish as planned, I could relax and take my time.
Along the trail, I ran into some of the folks I had been introduced to the night before. Henrik from Denmark, and Dan and Nina, both Swedish -- all first-time trekkers as well. They welcomed me to tag along with them and as they were setting a comfortable pace and were not opposed to resting often, I was more than happy for the company. Henrik knew about about mushrooms and would pause often to share his knowledge. As we entered Abisko National Park, you could tell that the trail was very popular for day hikes and that civilization was not too far off.
We arrived at the final checkpoint in Abisko just before 1pm. I’d hiked much of the trail alone, yet crossed the finish line with friends.
The finish line in Abisko was bustling with activity. I collected the final stamp on my passport and was awarded my medal. My hiking partner, who I hadn’t seen since the morning of day two, was there to take video of me crossing the finish line.
There was a large lavvu (a Sami teepee-like structure) set up and folks were gathered around long wooden tables, drinking celebratory beers and enjoying live music. Food was available for purchase and there was a kiosk set up where one could buy Fjallraven Classic souvenirs. I collected the bag I had checked at the start, and was relieved to strip off my wet and smelly trail runners and put on comfortable sandals. We had a clear view of the finish line from inside the teepee and as trekkers crossed the finish line, the crowd would erupt in applause and cheers.
I was reunited with all the friends I had met on the trail over the past few days and with a wi-fi connection from the nearby Fjallstation, we friended each other on Facebook to keep in touch. I would’ve liked to have partied the night away with the others, but the thought of the hot shower in the cozy cabin we’d reserved for the night beckoned.
Fjallraven Classic 2015
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