When Agata Mleczko first heard about the King’s Trail, she knew she had to walk it. It turned out be a life-changing experience.
When I heard about the King’s Trail for the first time I knew that one day I will walk it. The description and photos found on the Internet not only caught my attention but instantly waked up my imagination. A four hundred kilometers walking path seemed a perfect place for a holiday retreat. I easily pictured myself in this vast wilderness, walking along the pathway and enjoying the wonderful weather. There was only one ‘but’. My general physical condition at that time was far from a top shape and thus the picture perfect got immediately spoiled by a fatigue, sweaty face and pain in my back. In order to walk the trail I should start training, I thought. And it almost destroyed these fabulous pictures, just like so many other ideas I dreamed about and had no courage to pursue further. This time it was different.
The idea of a beautiful and unspoiled landscape of Swedish Lapland did not leave me, though. On the contrary, I could not get rid of the captivating pictures of the Lappish wildlife out of my head. ‘Enough is enough!’ I thought. I was fed up with the feeling of failure and so many broken promises of ‘starting tomorrow’. I thought that this land of wilderness is worth a visit but to do so I should take a serious care for myself. And I started running. The very same evening I bought the plane ticket and there was no going back. I had about twelve weeks to carry out my plan before I went to Swedish Lapland.