Wilderness diary: Day 3
On day three of the Swedish wilderness trip the Scandinavians won major Brownie points, using their home advantage well.
Day 3 and everyone is still doing fine. That is partly down to the Scandinavion fraction in the team. The mobile battery of our spy inside the camp is holding up well. Read here the final chapter of the HSV Sweden adventure.
Writing is not easy, after trapping my fingers a thousand times while canoeing. But I'll win that final battle too promise. On Sunday evening Swedish duo Skjelbred and Berg once again got into their Inka canoe. What had they got planned? A short visit to their families? Before the set off they asked Funny Heinemann for his pulse watch. The pair return two hours later. So far so boring. A couple of hours later as the sun is setting we hear a motor boat. A rare sound in an area where statistics state that there are only 0,2 people for every square kilometre. What does 0,2 of a person look like? Anyway the boat is warmly greeted, or what is is carrying to be more precise. Three palettes of Swedeish tinned beer. Great job lads. How the Swedish duo arranged the beer remains their secret, but it looks like they paid for it with the pulse watch. He doesn't need it here anyway. The only things which makes his pulse explode are fourth officials during games.
So the evening around the campfire is saved. A lot of jokes are told-most of which cannot be repeated here.
It was a short night. half of the posse snored while the other half listened. As the sun rose on a new day we prepared for the final stage of our canoe marathon. Guides Michael and Hendrik reckon it will last six hours. Four hours later we reach our destination which impresses them. They told us: "Respect guys no group has done it quicker and nobody was as clever at carrying the equipment." No other team had Vidovic. He put a canoe under each arm and anyone who wanted to remain seated in the vessel could have done so. Brute strength
The boat of Mickel/Diekmeier lives up to its role as favourite, easily coming first. Berg/Beister ate while on the trip and struggled home in the end. As long as Aogo is far enough from the water's edge without his lifevest, all is well. The Germany defender admitted: "I don't feel comfortable in the water." Could it be because of the 1,50 Meter long Pike which apparently lurk in the depths? As evening drew in everyone arrived at the final harbour of a well to do local Swedish lady who put her barbecue at our disposal, and meat to go with it. Time to take stock of the trip. Firstly what the guides thought...
Michael von Laganda: The challenge was accepted very well. The team worked well together in all aspects. In the beginning I could sense the dislike for the challenge, but that quickly changed. Despite the rain and cold on day one everyone had fun and mastered the unusual tasks well. I was impressed with today. It was a tough trip, especially the hauling of the canoes. In our opinion the team is ready for next season. Captain Heiko Westermann: I believe there was a mixture of emotions on this trip: Anger, fun and exhaustion. I would not like to do it every week, but we all learned from the experience. We functioned well as a group, with everyone contributing their strengths. It was on the whole a success. And all the coach has to do now is give us a ball to train!
We return to Hamburg tomorrow. But what's that we hear? Sport boss Arnesen is on his way to Russia? Has he found a playmaker?
Watch this space...