TWO HAPPY FACES HELP BEAT THE POWER OF NATURE

APRIL 17

What can I say. From Oslo to Villshäräd, Sweden, I have encountered - for me - the unimaginable. Dense fog, ferocious winds and snow storms, strong currents - the ones that take me out to sea and not in to land -, crashing waves and jagged rocks - these are some of the most perilous challenges. Oh yeah, I forgot the rescue and 70 minutes in icy waters. BUT, like life, the most important aspect of this journey are PEOPLE. Today, I paddled 7.5 km from Villshäräd to Tylösand. After facing heavy winds, I had to give up. Didn't get too far.  I needed help from A to B. I reached out to several random people and eventually was sent to a white house. I knocked on the door and I met two wonderful people. Syre (Lief) and his wife Kerstin came to my rescue. I told them about my journey, my cause and my challenge. They opened their home. A warm shower, a hot meal, a nice double bed and some clean washed clothes...WOW. What a difference that makes. Totally dependent on others is not a good feeling, but when someone wishes to help, then you also have to receive it. Kerstin makes a great pasta and has a warm heart. Syre (his nickname) is a handyman, and has all the skills I wish I had. The next day Syre helped me get to Helsingborg. The winds and currents are quite treacherous around a point called Mölla, Denmark. The tide from the Baltic Sea swiftly flows through a small channel...and if kayaking at the wrong time it can be a tremendous challenge. I didn't want to take that risk. Thanks to Syre and Kerstin for making me feel welcome and reaching out. Together we are better......I am starting not only to believe this, but to experience it as well. 

 Syre and Kerstin to the rescue

Syre and Kerstin to the rescue

 The cat.....

The cat.....

 EPIC on the Jeep.

EPIC on the Jeep.