Tak Danmark!

A great spring day to leave Wells for a holiday.
A great spring day to leave Wells for a holiday.

We landed in Copenhagen after an uneventful flight over. Our bikes survived the journey with only minor injury. We were able to put them together in the airport and cycle on dedicated and well-marked cycle routes safely and easily right into the heart of Copenhagen. (Imagine doing that in a large city near you!) This was to be the start of a wonderful cycling experience in Denmark: great cycle paths, well-marked routes, bike-friendly traffic, many cyclists on the roads and paths, cyclist right-of-ways that motorists actually respect, great food, and friendly people.

Me, with a few bikes in Copenhagen.
Me, with a few bikes in Copenhagen.

As usual on our bike trips, we are camping in our tent most nights (except when it has been raining too hard, or Kate has a cold, or Kate IS cold). There are many campgrounds in Denmark, mostly very big and posh compared to Canadian ones! There are also some really neat wild-ish camping spots with basic shelters scattered across the country. We have lucked out in finding a couple of them. The book listing them and their locations is written in Danish, so needless to say, we have found them hard to find!

One of the little sleeping shelters at the wild-camping spots. They are great for sheltering from wind and rain, of which we have experienced some.
One of the little sleeping shelters at the wild-camping spots. They are great for sheltering from wind and rain, of which we have experienced some.

We are cooking most of our own suppers, and eating good bread, cheese and salami for lunches. Luckily, we get to stop most days mid-morning for coffee and a pastry!

Ummmmm, supper!
Ummmmm, supper!
Tim getting the last of the calories from around the edges!
Tim getting the last of the calories from around the edges!
A wonderful Danish brunch at a café in Skagen, at the northern tip of Jylland.
A wonderful Danish brunch at a café in Skagen, at the northern tip of Jylland.
Some pastries. We only have had a few, really.
Some pastries. We only had a few, really.
Some of them were just really large!
Some of them were just really large!
Gulp.
Gulp.

We have been cycling mostly on cycle routes: these are either a road with a dedicated bike lane, a quiet road, a bike path beside a busy road, or a bike path all on its own. Even when we do have to go on the road with the traffic, we have not been beeped at once!

A view of one of Denmark's lovely biking trails.
A view of one of Denmark’s lovely biking trails.
Cycle route across the moors/dunes to the northern-most part of Denmark, about 58 degrees of latitude.
Cycle route across the moors/dunes to Skagen, a very lovely city at the very north of Denmark.
At Gronen, the most northernly tip of Denmark, about 58 degrees of latitude.
At Gronen, the most northernly tip of Denmark, about 58 degrees of latitude.
Lovely beach, too cold for tourist yet!
Lovely beach, too cold for tourists yet, along the west coast of Jylland.
The Danes love bicycles, art, design, AND knitting. Here is the proof!
The Danes love bicycles, art, design, AND knitting. Here is the proof!

After much deliberation and route-planning, we decided to visit the city of Åbenrå, to visit the Commonwealth War Grave there. My maternal Great-Aunt Florence’s first husband is buried there – he was an air bomber in the Royal Canadian Air Force and was killed in 1944. Denmark was occupied by the Germans is WWII. I don’t know that anyone in the family knows any more of the story than that.

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A quaint street in Åbenrå.
A quaint street in Åbenrå.

I am having trouble finding the time to keep you all posted on our trip. Blogging really is quite time-consuming, especially uploading photos. I am really more interested in eating, showering, and crawling into my sleeping bag at the end of the day than anything else! Not keeping up with it daily or every second day makes the task more onerous. We have only had one day free from cycling (today) since we started our trip, though some days’ distances have been short – due to weather and/or mutiny (you can guess whose). Last night we met up with Tim’s friend Phil – we are now in Northern Germany – and so have had a good day just hanging out. Tim and Phil had a great evening in Phil’s camper van last night polishing off a few beers and most of a bottle of rum, while I slept in the tent with TWO sleeping bags! Bliss!

We now have about 10 days to get around the North Sea coast into Holland to catch a ferry to the UK. It looks like we need to cycle a minimum of 80 km per day to do it, with no more days off, and no more GIANT triangles of Danish chocolate-almond pastry goodness! (I did experience some amazing German apple-quark-poppyseed cake today, which may be almost as good an energy-booster as a GIANT Danish triangle, we’ll just have to see.)

Pray for tailwinds! Luckily tomorrow’s forecast is for summery temperatures of 23 degrees. That will help the day go well, no doubt. Next update will be from the sunny UK, no doubt.

5 thoughts on “Tak Danmark!

    1. I so appreciate your blog photos and stories! Thanks for being so diligent and committed to sharing your trip – living it through your eyes, taste buds and muscled legs!

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