DANSK UDGAVE finder du her.
by Thorbjørn Hein
Sunrise. It was lovely with an event so close to summer solstice; night was soon over, that's good for morale.
View across the river.
In the evening of the 24 hours of rest, I was singled out and dragged out to participate in Lithuanian folk dancing! Very entertaining.
As can be seen, I carried the Danish flag, Dannebrog, with me. Depicted below is a Danish businessman and me at a monument. John has lived in Lithuania for 16 years, and he took me by surprise: “Velkommen til Veliuona,” someone suddenly said when I arrived to that town; much gaiety was taking place at the central square rest area. My Lithuanian companion Max and I had done 140 km at that point.
It turned out that John was a former Royal Life Guards conscript, year of 1965, and sharing a background in the regiment, that was it: he invited Max (who also carried his national flag all the way) and me to his home nearby. We spent an hour with him and his wife in their house, or rather, I daresay, mansion by the river. Hot coffee, cold beer, a real toilet, and pleasant company were on the menu. An hour is a long time, especially since we had already taken our good time so far, making rests at interesting places, meeting people. When we finally took off again, we were far behind, but Max just phoned the organisers and assured them that we were OK and our way.
Royal Life Guard sergeant year of '97, guardsman year '65.
Lithuanian and Danish flags.
Edit in June 2014 translated version: congratulations to fellow Beagle Boys Andreas and Daniel who completed this year’s event. Also to fellow MAKONI walker Lex, who has now done the 2x100 twice. Impressive.
Picture report fom 2x100 km eXtreme, Kaunas-Jurbarkas-Kaunas, 2011
Pictures taken by a number of new, Lithuanian friends and then stolen from Facebook by me
Finish line with two dismounted knights. Cool, in a heavy metal sort of way.
Quick trip to the hotel for S-S-S and then back to the main square in Kaunas. This young gentleman accompanied Max and I for the last stretch of the second day walk. At that time, he was awaiting reply as to whether he had been accepted at the Army Academy. He succeeded, he later wrote me, so many congrats to him.
The generous hosts made a bit extra of a show when I was presented my medal. I was called out individually and got my (beautiful) medal and diploma by the president of the Baltic Walking Association himself.
Medal about to be pinned on my chest.
When the dust had settled after the parade, I presented my own gift to the president, Vidmantas Genys: a statuette of a Danish Royal Life Guardsman. Vidmantas, his wife, sons, and daughter-in-law were a driving force in making the great event real. Others laid down a lot of work as well, many thanks to all of you.
Lithuanian tradition: a new medal has to be inaugurated..
And it's in -
- so it's time for a well-deserved toast.
Just after having tasted a really, really horrible local drink. But down it went.
Good times with other walkers who still had plenty of energy to celebrate proper-like..