Total Miles: 1,069.6
Tärnaby, Sweden – August 16, 2016
I duck my head and water runs down my neck and over my back. Not sweat. Not rain. Not a splash of lake or river.
Hot water. Water from a shower head. Water that washes away dirt stretching north, stretching all the way to Nordkapp and down again to Lakselv.
I stand under the shower and let the water run over me, watching layers of dirt swirl away into the drain, letting the miles fall off my skin, waiting until I feel human again.
Then I smile.
“A month and a half without a shower,” I think. “8-year-old me would be so proud.”