On June 8, Anders took his boat up to Siljan, and motored through the swim route, making sure that all GPS’ed waypoints made sense, and ensuring that he’d be familiar with landmarks along the way. All is looking good. He did find out that waypoint #4, near a small island called Sandholmen, will cause us to go through a stretch of the lake that is only a half meter deep. He is repositioning both the 3rd and 4th waypoints to take care of that problem. This is a clear example of how steady preparation, and thinking and rethinking logistics, contributes to the overall likelihood of success of a project like this.
The Swedish summer has been working its magic on Lake Siljan. The temperature near the surface is probably around 48 or 49 degrees F. (9 to 9.5 C.), and rising rapidly. See below for a pair of pictures that are encouraging. They show the lifebuoy mounted on the pole in the sand at the beach (Tingsnäsbadet) where I’ll be finishing. First picture is from January 2013, and second picture is from June 8, 2013.
Here is a gallery of photos that Anders took on the June 8 dry run of the swim route. (You can click on any picture to start a slideshow).