And below is the overall route….
I’ve been working with the Swedes, and I think we’ve settled on eight waypoints to define the swim route. The line to the #2 waypoint (approximately 7,500 meters) is designed to just clear the peninsula defining the west side of Österviken. Then, they say, we need to cross to the far side of the main basin, because there is a belief that this basin experiences a slow-but-steady counterclockwise eddying. Maybe this is just some Swedish folklore; however if it’s true, and I could get a lift from the lake’s movement, then I’m all for it.
The leg from waypoint #2 to waypoint #3 is far and away the longest segment, accounting for half (about 17,000 metters) of the entire route. This segment will lead me across the northeastern side of Storsiljan, hopefully lifted along by the eddy.
The route will then travel along the channel on the northwestern side of the lake’s largest island, called Sollerön. I’ll be within 3/4 of a mile of the island; if I were instead walking on the island, a scene like the one at the right is what I might see.
Once we’ve reached waypoint #3, there’ll be a turn to a more northerly direction, heading towards where the river called Österdalälven enters Lake Siljan. This leg is 6,500 meters long, and we’ll be headed just to the left of a large, visible sawmill, as we will approach the northern end of Siljan. And, once we get to waypoint #4, we will have only about 1,600 meters (one mile) to the finish.
Waypoint #4 hugs the north side of the lake, and as the swim continues on to waypoint #5, I’ll swim next to a boat dock. This leg is 700 meters long, and at the fifth waypoint we will be able to see a bridge to the north, which spans the river inlet . The final three legs (to waypoint 6, then 7, then 8) are each about 300 meters in length, and they zigzag into Saksviken, and the finish of the swim at Tingsnäsbadet.
The picture below (left) is of the beach at Tingsnäsbadet, and I’ve been looking at it all winter long. My intent is for the swim to end in front of this sign. I imagine myself, at the end of a successful swim, walking up to this structure, and placing my hand on the orange and white lifebuoy shown in the photo below. On the picture below on the right, Google Earth reveals a bit of Tingsnäsbadet in the summertime, and the lifebuoy–my finish point–is visible through the trees. I hope to be walking up to this buoy on July 26, at about 4:00 in the afternoon, after an approximately twelve hour long swim.