Apart from this short stretch along the canal I was constantly hiking in forest now. Open shelters are located at regular intervals along the trail mostly situated at really idyllic lakes.
And because of the continous hot weather I was soon able to take a swim several times a day without freezing. Because of several public holidays in May there were lots of people out on the trail - very few other hikers but fishermen and even a big religious youth group with a huge tipi. When I encountered them in the evening right at the shelter where I had intended to sleep that night I had some rather unreligious feelings. I had to hike on to find another suitable campsite. I also came across several Christian-run campsites along the trail one of which turned out to be a fantastic place for an extended lunch break in the shade!
I also had a full rest day in a nice AirBnB place in Örebro which is only a short bus ride away from the trail. Buses run every half hour along the motorway making it easy to go resupplying there.