303km 4h 20m 441km 16º
As usual, sleep has been lacking leaning towards almost total absence and the sight that greets me outside the window does exactly make me feel any perkier.
The sky is almost pitch black and the temperature is a modest 16°C (61°F).
As if that wasn't enough to bring down my mood, I have a pretty heavy migraine going on.
I eat breakfast and load the bike and am ready to leave substantially earlier to what's really required.
I consider leaving anyway but the migraine has gradually increased so I instead use some of my astronomical margin to take medicine and a short nap.
It works wonders and it immediately becomes much more pleasant to get on the bike, at least it's not raining even though there is more than a subtle threat of it no matter which horizon I look at.
I am travelling south on the eastern side of Lake Vänern and had not really intended to stop at Sjötorp this year, but the lock keeper makes that decision for me when the bridge opens and a sailboat enters the sluice.
I stop and have lunch at a pretty unappealing pizza place in Skara, even as pizzerias go it was not a particularly memorable culinary experience.
I still have really ridiculous amount of time so I get off the E20 and instead opt for the 190 through Nossebro and follow it all the way to Gothenburg.
I make a quick stop at a beautiful old windmill in Borg that was apparently built as early as 1881.
I make a detour from the detour onto an even smaller road on the east side of Lake Anten which offered fantastic riding.
I ride into Gothenburg at the "wrong" time again but the total traffic chaos that met me last year is thankfully absent.
Although the booking stated check-in from 17, I ride directly to an open booth without any ques at all, check in and ride straight on board the boat.
The bike was strapped down on car deck and I was on my way to my cabin 2.5 hours before departure.
I go for a walk about on the boat but it's really windy up on deck which is a bit ominous for the crossing.
Park myself in one of the lounges and waste some time while waiting for supper time, eat and crawl to bed.