Daily Digest – Day 23 to 32 (NORWAY & DENMARK)

Day 23 – 27th June 2018
Vigeland to Kristiansand, Norway

Transport – Bikes 71.3 average speed 18.8km/hr

Highs lows and all the in between – we woke up early and headed straight to Vigeland town centre where we had a hot breaky of oats, Nutella on digestives bananas…basically any tasty carb we could get into. We were both pretty tired and feeling the effects of yesterday’s massive ride and late night (I owe you Norwegian midgies a couple of cans of Mortein if I ever return in the future) so we decided to have an easy22 pedal to our final port of call in Norway Kristiansand. The only benefit from last nights debacle was that we had chewed into the the ride distance for today so had a relatively easy day of pedalling ahead. We were less than 10 mins into our ride out of Vigeland when we spotted a sign saying free coffee and ice cream to cyclists – at a horse 🐎 goods supplier of all places! Who can say no to free ice cream? 🤷‍♀️

The owners were super friendly and stoked to see a couple of touring cyclists early in their summer season. They gave us advice on the route ahead as their store was located at the start of a gravel cycle only section of the trail (a disused old postal route) and we were soon on our way again.

The route took us via the coast route and was undulating all day with small rolling bergs throughout. We passed through the pretty picturesque seaside town of Mandal (would visit this place again if I was in the area and preferably camp somewhere around here. Note for next time!) and on our way to Søgne Emm found hundreds of wild strawberries and even a cherry tree.

Found cherries VIDEO

Needless to say we loaded up and when we parked up in Søgne for lunch we made the most of our fresh fruit produce and had a mix of yogurt with fruit and oats and some mackerel, brown cheese sambos for filling. I even managed to sneak in a cheeky river side nap 😴 before we made the final leg of the journey to Kristiansund.

We rolled Kristiansand with a
high sense of achievement as we had completed a pretty significant part of our trip. Kristiansand is the final port of call in Norway for us and making the seaboard journey via Eurovelo 12 was ambitious in the time we had set ourselves. For dinner we had fish cakes (fiskepudding) on bread with brown cheese and tomato. Of course I added the necessary sprøstekt and chilli powder and overall it was a very welcome meal.

We had lined up accomodation with a Polish couple Marta and Mateusz (now living in Norway) through the warm showers app. Name pronunciation isn’t my best attribute but I believe you pronounce each name as follows: marrrrrrta (rolling that r) and matt-aaaaaa -ooooosh. Hopefully not offending any Polish peeps reading 😜. This couple is full on life and truly believe in the good of people and genuinely love interacting and meeting like minded individuals which is why they host guests for free. They have done a fair bit of travel themselves (what was originally a relatively small stay in Norway for them has turned into a 4+ year stint) and were an encyclopaedia for travel information. Although our interaction was only for a few hours I honestly believe we will be in contact with this couple in years to come and I know I will be keenly following their own adventures (did I mention they are demo and re-building a van for travel 😝).

We were up late into the night chatting life, culture, travel and all things food of course 😂 with our hosts. This was in spite of them both having to work early the next day and we are very grateful for their hospitality in this regard! I know I was cooked when I hit the deck as I didn’t even wake in the night for a pee.

Items worth counting on this epic…
Status quo from 26th June

-B
-edited by E

Day 24 – 28 June 2018

Kristiansand, Norway

Transport – 5km average speed slowAF 13.8km/hr – real site seeing pace

Highs lows and all the in between – I woke up this morning and was straight onto Emm to make her legendary pancakes. That may come of a bit shovanistic or sexist but Emm honestly makes some banger pancakes and I really feel a little pancake fairy ♀️ dies every time I get behind the grill and have a crack at this genuine breaky monument.

We were fortunate to have the company of one of our warm shower hosts (Marta) that morning so I loaded up the 20 questions firearm and took aim. We peppered Marta with questions ranging from where Poland originated from to the fall of communism around the time of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Of course we spent a great deal of time also talking all things food 🙄. Marta had to jet off to work soon after breaky so me and Emm were left running chores for most of the rest of the day (we have only get access to laundry and internet every so often so we try and ‘restart’ whenever these opportunities arise).
We wanted to cook up dinner for our hosts and being our last night in Norway we decided to go with our Norwegian favourite – fish pudding. We did this with a side of pesto pasta and some veges.

Overall a 3.5/5 on #BeausChilliScale.
Marta suggested we go down the the beach for some ‘non competitive’ beach volleyball. Now both myself and Emm are are like beached whales with respect to beach volleyball 🏐. I say this as we are slow and cumbersome when trying to reach the ball. Emm is like a tree 😂 waiting for the ball to be perfectly deliver to her. To be fair the sand was super course and walking on it bare foot with feet that never see anything apart from shoes or smooth floors was like running on sand paper 😫. We were also joined by some immigrants from Eritrea 🇪🇷. This group was sooo full of life and high on life. It was really invigorating to be around and I feel like they could have kept playing well into the night.

Beach Volleyball VIDEO

We decided to call it at 11pm (yes 11pm everyone stays up late into the evening in summer due to the super long daylight hours) and Mateusz took us up to a scenic overlook of the city on the way home. It was awesome to see Kristiansand from this perspective.

Kristiansand, Norway VIDEO

On our final run back home we had a quick pit stop to check out the van Mateusz and Marta were redoing for their own travels.

I’m really looking forward to seeing progress photos of this puppy in the months to come! It gives me inspiration to do a similar product whenever we have a home again 🤔.
We then cruised back home and shared some Norwegian ice cream whilst Mateusz and Marta showed us pictures of all their warm showers guests they had hosted since living in Kristiansand (we were the 50th! AMAZING). It was 1.30am before we finally called it a day but we had no regrets as we really got on well with these guys. I said it in yesterday’s post but I genuinely believe we will see these guys again in the future!

Items worth counting on this epic…
Hazelnut spread jar count: 8
Jam jar count: 2
Honey jar count: 1
Brake pads cooked: 2
# fuel bottles: 2 litres of meth, 250g gas
# Sporks broken: 1
# knicks destroyed/used beyond use: 1

-B
-edited by E

Day 25- 29 June 2018

Kristiansand, Norway to Klim, Denmark

Transport – 5km average speed slowAF km/hr to get to Kristiansand ferry terminal that was 4km away. Then once in Denmark about 25km/hour speed making up a total distance of 118km for the day (yay to flat terrain)

Highs lows and all the in between – Woke up tired since we went to bed at 1.30am and had to wake at 5.45am to make our ferry for our onward journey.

Ferry Time VIDEO

We all know this is not enough sleep for me but fortunately it was a quick pack up and easy to take the FyordLine ferry ⛴ from Kristiansand to Hirtshals in Denmark (a 2 hour duration). We took some zzzzzs on the ferry ride which was somewhat rocky. We were woken at one point to the smell of vomit as a little kid was sea sick right in front of us. We moved pretty quickly lol and back to sleep. Once in Denmark the first thing I noticed was the lack of hills. Part of me came back to life again at this sighting since we have had some pretty tough days on the bikes in the hills. We went straight to the supermarket to suss the Danish food situation which immediately we noticed it being significantly cheaper than Norway (thank goodness!!!!). Loaded up with new groceries we had breaky in front of the sea. Some bikepackers from Switzerland, Selina and Lucas, came over to chat with us. They were at the end of their trip and we were excited to hear how amazing it was. Selina provided us her contact details to stay with her in Switzerland 🇨🇭. Seriously the bike community here has blown our mind. The pure kindness and generosity is so refreshing and gives me a strong belief in the good of people. We can’t wait to meet her again in her hometown.

After breakfast of oats, raisins and coffee we set off for a flat ride of Danish countryside. Our main stop was at a lighthouse called Rubjerg lighthouse. This lighthouse is at the edge of the sea and predicted to fall of the cliff by 2023. Pretty cool to see and especially to see sand again since we have been in so much greenery and forestry.

Rubjerg Lighthouse Chat VIDEO

Lunch stop was in a lush bug free park along the route and I took a much needed nap in the sun. This is my new favourite past time rather than Facebook lol. For lunch Beau tried a local favourite of a big slab of pork liver patte.

This is not my thing so I stuck with the classic protein dense can of tuna with brown cheese, tomato and bread. Beau of course finished up with a least half a packet of digestive biscuits with Joardbear (strawberry jam) – I sense of theme of Beau ‘Pig’ Didley coming along!! We rode on into the evening countryside. Had to ride through some sand (probably not my idea of fun lol.

Riding Sand Denmark VIDEO

Now we thinking we need to find a campground. Denmark doesn’t have the same law as Scandinavia, there is no free to roam law. You need to be at a designated campground. We are trying to save as much money as possible to keep this trip alive so we investigated options online and i came across a Danish app called Shelter (all written in Danish only). We got our google translate on and just 5km away is a farmhouse who is happy to have you stay. Sooo we met lovely Anni and Allan.

Amazing people on a beautiful countryside farm. We pitched our tent in their yard, learnt about the Danish farm culture and there cat and dog joined as at dinner. Seriously am I in heaven?! They generously invited us to use their shower and bathroom. These basics in life are so amazing when you don’t have them on a regular basis. Dinner was pasta, brown cheese, brocolli and tomato – I had tuna, Beau went with liver paste – sense a dinner theme here at all? Lol. Looking forward to a relaxing full nights sleep and nice and clean woohoo.

Daily expenses about $30aud equivalent on food, Ferry country crossing expense 68 euro including bikes for both Beau and I

Items worth counting on this epic…
Hazelnut spread jar count: 8
Jam jar count: 2
Honey jar count: 1
Brake pads cooked: 2
# fuel bottles: 2 litres of meth, 250g gas
# Sporks broken: 1
# knicks destroyed/used beyond use: 1

-E

Day 26 – 30 June 2018
Klim to Lemvig, Denmark

Transport – 139.3km average speed 27.2km/hr – frothing a tailwind in this pan flat country 😍

Highs lows and all the in between – we woke up and had were planning to get going quick but didn’t end up rolling until 11am lol…touring life.

Kilm Farm Stay VIDEO

To be honest we got talking with Anni all morning and she was such a lovely host prepared to answer all our questions. I of course deleted into the food topics of Danish cuisine and not long after our convo Anni was out again having just printed off a number of different food items to try whilst in Denmark…LEGEND.

We set off and rode some solid tempo for the first hour. I think the flat fast riding which we had lacked for in Norway left us wanting to give it a little so it was nice to finally be able to spin it up and not be turning squares as they say. The first 50km were dusted in a respectable time so we decided to keep pressing to Hvidbjerg which was a small town about 40km from our final destination. However we didn’t quite make it to this town before Emm quick spectacularly blew up (ie depleted all her precious glycogen stores). We had to pull over on the road 5km from town so Emm could get a bit of sugar to make the final few clicks 😂.

Emma Bonking VIDEO

When we did get to town we bought lunch and dinner food and proceeded to the nearest park bench where I forged myself silly. We had Danish meatballs (Frikadeller) on bread/rice crackers with tomato and this holey type of jalsberg cheese. Second course was 750ml or liquid yogurt with oats and bananas (250ml for Emm) and desert was was tiger loaf. Tiger loaf is a Danish treat which is basically a rolled type of sponge cake with choc mousse at its core 😋.

To say we were (i.e Me – Beau) full rolling out from town is an understatement! I rolled out of town with what I describe as Beaus Belly syndrome.

Beau’s Belly Chat VIDEO

Basically there are 3 levels on this ascending scale: Beau Nugget, Beau Belly, Beau Baby…let’s just hope we never make that illusion third level.
The only benefit of eating the truckload of food was that it provided enough energy and then some to fuel the last couple of kms. All up we totalled almost 140km our biggest day yet on this trip 😁. This was completed at an average speed of almost 30km/hr – pretty alright on some tourers in my opinion.
For the night we decided to try our luck again with the shelter.dk app and literally picked one of the locations at random in close proximity. The place we rolled up to was a family ‘hobby farm’. It was 830pm so we didn’t feel shy knocking on the door and were soon greeted by the whole family! The eldest daughter Emilie took lead and showed us around the property. I think this short vid sums up our stock level!!!

Lemvig Farmstay woot VIDEO

She then brought us to our ‘shelter’ for the night. I say this with tongue in cheek and it was like a glamping outdoor refuge with a built in fold up table and neatly finished off with a nearby fire pit.

Delish Lemvig Dinner VIDEO

I was blown away by the beauty of it especially in its simplicity. I 100% will be emailing Emilie and asking for blueprints so I can build a copy when we have a home again.
The rest of the night was spent chatting with Emilie around the shelter. Emilie is wise beyond her years (20!) and is a really grounded person. We both look forward to following her own adventures (she is doing the same route as us in a few weeks 😆 and has a serious hiking route lined up for Japan lined up later this year. Emilie if you read this make sure to drop us a line if your ever Australia way or even nearby as we both would enjoy your company again. Needless to say after the big day on the bike we both feel into a DEEP SLUMBER.

Items worth counting on this epic…
Hazelnut spread jar count: 8
Jam jar count: 3
Honey jar count: 1
Brake pads cooked: 2
# fuel bottles: 3 litres of denatured alcohol, 1x 250g gas bottle
# Sporks broken: 1
# knives broken: 1
# knicks destroyed/used beyond use: 1

-B
-edited by E

Day 27 – 1st July 2018
Lemvig to Lunde, Denmark

Transport – 113.4km/hr average speed 25km/hr

Highs lows and all the in between – This morning we enjoyed breakfast with the Agergaard family (sans mother and youngest daughter). Emilie decided to ride us part of the way so she could show us the local lighthouse.

Off to the Lighthouse VIDEO

Riding in Lemvig yo VIDEO

We then parted ways and started our descent down the west coast. It was a very cruisy flat ride with first rate bike facilities set up specifically for cyclists along the way. Chapeau Denmark.

We were aiming to get in the vicinity of Esbjerg and find a camp spot using the shelter app I have discussed previously. We found one about 20km North of Esbjerg in a small town called Lunde. We rolled up to what appeared a vacant farm but fortunately for us the farmer (Jacob) rolled in not 5 minutes later and showed us where we could set up for the night. He offered us a small enclosed shelter out the back of his property which had a fold down sofa couch 😍. This type of cottage seems to a common building structure we are noticing in Europe so far and we were stoked we didn’t have to set up a tent and just had to roll out the sleeping bags. Jacob runs a tracker business and had a nearby workshop with a Kitchener and shower and told us to feel free to use it. We were not expecting this level of hospitality at all (we were expecting a portion of the farm where campers could pitch a tent) and were again super grateful. Jacob had a friends bday party to attend so left us to our own devices. We ran a quick dinner and decided to turn in early and get a full nights sleep – something that is easy to deprive your body due to the super long days.

Items worth counting on this epic…
Hazelnut spread jar count: 8
Jam jar count: 3
Honey jar count: 1
Brake pads cooked: 2
Gear cables: 1
# fuel bottles: 3 litres of denatured alcohol, 1x 250g gas bottle
# Sporks broken: 1
# knives broken: 1
# knicks destroyed/used beyond use: 1

-B
-edited by E

Day 28 – 2 July 2018

Lunde to Fredrica, Denmark

Transport: our bikes what else? 107.5km at 27km/hour average speed

Highs, lows and the inbetween: we woke up in the garden shelter at Jacob’s and Lene’s and unfortunately we didn’t get to meet with them in the morning as being a Monday they were working. We woke late about 8.30-9amish *that’s late for what we are used to* and made ourselves a breakfast of oats, raisins and coffee in their staff room adjacent to their home.

We chatted to staff member Hans who drives the tractor who was on a quick break and got going about an hour later. Thanks goes to Jacob and Lene for use of their cute garden hut as we hadn’t had such a long sleep in awhile. We rode a quick 50km before stopping at Billund – the home of Lego. Lego origined here in Denmark. This excited Beau….me not so much. We rode our bikes down the river and looked at the Lego sculptures along the way it was really nice. We had a great park up of tuna, chorizo, rye crackers, tomato, Beau with his digestive biscuits and jam- I think we should be doing a tally of packets of digestives- he is probably at 10 by now 😂😂😂😂. Beau checked out Legoland a little and then we pushed on for the final half of the day in perfect sunshine.

Beau loves Legoland VIDEO

At 5.30pm we arrived at our stay for the night from Warm Showers- Thomas, Kari and their 10 month old gorgeous boy last night Søren. They live in a community called Fosang – which is something either of us have every experienced. Basically it is a community of about 45 people who live in their own homes that all are attached to one another. They have a large communal dining area and kitchen where food is shared and prepared for everyone 3 x per week. The people are all ages and genders, some with kids some not- a really cool feel to it.

We spent time with Thomas and Kari but we also met 75 year old Bodil which is one of the most interesting ladies I have ever met. She has worked as a midwife all over the world and even in Maroubra. We learnt a lot from her about sustainable and cost effective living which was so interesting.

The best part about our trip so far is definitely meeting all these interesting people. We listened to a lot of Thomas’ travel stories and some were quite funny including working in The Wang back home. Dinner was roasted capsicum, bean salad, 3 types of bbq meat (they say grill) and dessert was lots of chocolate lollies and Cold Pudding a traditional Danish desert that I made with Bodil. Never did I think i would be in the kitchen of a Dane making traditional foods. Such a great evening bed at about midnight- great end to a top day.

Danish Cold Bowl with Bodil

More Cold Bowl with Bodil

Daily expenses: $25 aud

Day 29 – 3rd July 2018
Fredericia, Denmark

Transport – 14.7km average speed 14.6km/hr

Highs lows and all the in between – The morning was a lazy affair with us both waking naturally around 10am! We rolled downstairs to find that Thomas and Kari had prepared breakfast for us at their house in the community. We had Thomas’s freshly baked bread 🥖 with spreads, avocado and a large assortment of different berry spreads 😍. I was in heaven. I want to note that for the last few weeks we having been buying the cheapest loaf of bread in the supermarkets as we go through and have told ourselves that we are no missing out with the more expensive deluxe style loafs…ohh how deluded I have been. Thomas fresh bread was still piping hot and was so delicious I was quickly reaching for third and fourth servings 😋.

After breaky we very casually cruised into the main township to check it out. Fredericia is a cool town that was built in a defensive style nature. If you zoom in on google maps you can see the man cut moat surrounding its western edge. It is walled along the edge and all the streets are straight as an arrow to allow a volley of arrows literally if an enemy was to storm the city.

In town we found a cool bookstore and thought it would a nice idea to buy Søren (Thomas and Kari’s son) a book to remember us by (he’s only 10 months old so I’ll forgive him if we are not at the forefront of his childhood memories). We bought a children’s book for tales written by Hans Christian Anderson (Denmark’s most famous author) and specifically bought it in English. We wrote a note in the cover asking Søren to come look us up when he was more grown up so hopefully we have seeded some form of future adventure in the lad and it would be pretty awesome in years to come to cross paths again with a member of this lovely family.
We went home and for dinner Thomas had organised a grill up (the Danish equivalent of a Aussie BBQ). He had put the word out in the community and 13 others were going to join for the dinner. The grill up was similar in style to an Aussie BBQ. For me the highlight was definitely Thomas’s homemade chilli 🌶 sauce (straight from chillis grown in his own garden – makes sense as cannot fund any real chilli elsewhere in Scandinavia). This stuff was legitimately hot and tasty and is the first real chilli hut I have had since being os. It really enhanced my dinner (I’m not gonna bang on about the 80% flavour thing again as most of you have prob heard me discuss) but seriously this sauce was #legitAF. Bodil a local resident gave us a brief overview of how cook ups in the community works.

Afterwards we spent the rest of the night enjoying the nighttime sun drinking beers/wine (Coke Zero for Emm 😂) and smashed a ton of digestives for good health of course 😜. It was about 1130pm when we called it a night. Overall, it was a really great evening and one we won’t forget. We can really appreciate why people decide to live in a community together. The 4x weekly group dinners alone would have me signing up. It is such a rad idea and I wonder if it will ever gain traction in Aus…maybe we will be the first pioneers.

Community Fosang Dinner VIDEO

Items worth counting on this epic…
Status quo from 1st July

-B
-edited by E

Day 30 – 4th July 2018
Fredericia to Kirkeby, Denmark

Transport – 134.7km average speed 22km/hr

Highs lows and all the in-between – we woke up early (if you call 8am early 😱) and went and had breakfast (freshly made bread, cheese, jam, oats, fruit and yogurt) with our new adopted parents Thomas and Kari (well they may not agree but they have fed, watered, sheltered and looked out for our general well-being which is parenting 101 right 🤔). We spent a really good morning with them and Bodil – one of the more vibrant members of ‘the community’. It was sad farewells when we rolled out shortly later but I’m confident we will see this family or perhaps Søren in the future.

I think we will even see Bodil who is quite the traveller despite her years (she definitely is an inspiration).

For the ride we took Thomas’s advice and decided to ride a slightly longer route towards Nyborg taking in the Southern coastline of the island of Fyn (pronounced fuooon). This is hilly country, well hilly according to Dane’s (max elevation of 80m or so 😂) so it was definitely an easier affair. We even passed through Middelfart which provided some amusement!

Beau’s Bum Chat VIDEO

We soon found ourselves in the town of Faaborg (about 85km in).

Cruising on bikes in Faaborg VIDEO

We decided to have a proper pit stop down by this lakeside water front and made a tortellini tomato pasta with turkey, mushrooms and capsicum. Soooo good.

Lunch in Faaborg Denmark

Castle near Faaborg, Denmark

We then rolled to the next town Svendborg where we had previously decided to grab dinner for the night and make final plans on where we would end up camping (using he shelter ap). We must have looked like a couple of lost puppies as we were approached by 2 #LEGENDARY Danes (Lars and Christian) who introduced themselves and mentioned that they had seen us in Faaborg.

Straight off the bat these guys were offering us a place to sleep that night and had even offered to cook us dinner all without even knowing us. This was taking Danish hospitality to the next level! This all happened in the supermarket aisle.

Supermarket Chats Kirkeby Denmark

There was no way we could pass up this opportunity so we rode straight to Lar’s place which was about half an hour ride. On arrival They had beers and Jagermeister flowing and food ready. Even a huge cat for #emmascatempire. It was so unexpected and really unbelievable!

Sooty 3.0 in Kirkeby VIDEO

For dinner Lar’s was running a grill (Aussie BBQ equivalent) and was cooking up Weiner sausages for an entree and steaks for a mains (side of salad and potato hash browns)…talk about a couple of spoilt Aussies!

Danish Grill VIDEO

Kirkeby Dinner Chats VIDEO

The steaks were done perfectly (medium rare that is 😋) and by the end of dinner the lads had us well watered and fed.
We stayed up into the night getting to know each other and trade war stories on adventures had. These 2 were both fellow adventurer’s and we loved hearing Lar’s tale on his 3 month epic sailing ⛵️ from New Zealand to Fiji on this old turn of the century steel Danish sail boat. We took note of recommendations of Copenhagen from Christian who currently resides there then packed it in for night.

Post Dinner Chills VIDEO

Items worth counting on this epic…
Hazelnut spread jar count: 8
Jam jar count: 4
Honey jar count: 1
Brake pads cooked: 2
Gear cables: 1
# fuel bottles: 3 litres of denatured alcohol, 1x 250g gas bottle
# Sporks broken: 1
# knives broken: 1
# knicks destroyed/used beyond use: 1

-B
-edited by E

Day 31 – 5th July 2018

Kirkeby to København, Denmark

Transport – 155.8km average speed 23.4km/hr

Highs lows and all the in-between – we woke this morning to the delicious scent of Christian’s scrambled eggs with a healthy side of Rullepølse (pork rolled with spices – chiefly oregano and pepper). I was pretty blown away with how good oregano goes with pork! Seriously try it…game changer!!!

We enjoyed a bit more banter with the Danes (Lars and Christian) and were regretting the tickets we had pre-booked for the train ride later that morning as we would have loved chilling with these 2 legends for a couple more hours. Unfortunately, we had to press on so we rode the 38km to the train station at Nyborg and caught the 10.38am across the ‘ditch’ to Korsør where we would ride the rest of the way to København. Saw some cool styles of homes along the way!

Now I had done a quick reco of the course beforehand and thought we would have approx. 100km to the destination. However, the official National Cycle Route No.6 which we were following was sign posted as 120km 😳. This would make the total ride around 185km! About half way to the destination we decided to deviate from this route and take the more direct route passing through Roskilde. At Roskilde we stopped for a very late lunch of pasta, veges and tuna a healthy winner and then rode the final 25km to København.
We met up with our warm showers host Niels at his beautiful apartment right near the Center of town around 730pm. Niels is a really great guy who is a wealth of knowledge on all things European and really loves his history.

So over the course of dinner we got the 411 on København and other places to go/see in Europe and conversely shared stories of our own adventures and experiences more related to bike travel.

We packed it in pretty late but having a bed and a warm shower makes up a few hours of sleep in itself And with a rest day looming we were happy chatting well
Into the night.

Items worth counting on this epic…
Hazelnut spread jar count: 8
Jam jar count: 5
Honey jar count: 1
Brake pads cooked: 2
Gear cables: 1
# fuel bottles: 3 litres of denatured alcohol, 1x 250g gas bottle
# Sporks broken: 1
# knives broken: 1
# knicks destroyed/used beyond use: 1

-B
-edited by E

Day 32 – 6th July 2018

København, Denmark

Transport – 26.6km average speed 9.8km/hr

Highs lows and all the in-between – This morning we had breakfast with Niels in his apartment and shared a breakfast of oats yogurt, cheese and bread (the Danes have dense bread here that is pretty good especially with cheeses and meats). Niels schooled me in the art of slicing cheese with a Danish cheese slicer.

Neils Cheese Slicing VIDEO

We then set off to Nyhavn (the New Harbour area) where we took a tourist cruise around the canals and harbour area for 50Kr each (about $10AUD). This was an hour long cruise and was such good value for money – there was a tour guide and seeing København from the water is really impressive and allows you to target areas you want to visit later on a bicycle (probably the best/most recommended way to see København).

Copenhagen Cruise VIDEO

I was honestly blown away by the overall beauty of København. There are so many different buildings varying in age so you get a real mashup of old and new but everything seems to have its place. It seems that many of the buildings have had world leading architects design each building many of them being Of Danish design. My favourites were definitely the new opera house, the old palace and marble church, the play house and the church of our saviour.

The last one is a spire church and is the highest point in København where interestingly the designer committed suicide on completion of the build as stairs were wrapped in the wrong direction. I didn’t think I was really into buildings and all that but the ones in København are definitely worth the visit.

Beau’s fav statue in Copenhagen VIDEO

Statue for Goran in Copenhagen VIDEO

We took our townie bikes (some step throw bicycles Niels had loaned us) and cruised around the city this time by pedal power. Side note – Niels had loaned us the bikes as he advised it was better to not bring our own bikes as these could likely be stolen if left unattended (apparently there is high bike theft in the city with most bikes ending up in the Baltic’s and Poland). We rode throw the Christinia community area which has a very interesting history. To give a super brief overview some hippies in the 70’s decided to occupy this part of København which was owned by the military but was not being used. Over the course of the next few years/decades the police kicked them out on a number of occasions but they always returned to the point that they were left to their own devices. Recently the paid a notional fee to the city and now own the land. There are about 1000 people in the community and they do take new comers but the application process is tight. After all they probably have the most expensive/enviable views in the city. Going through the main area was pretty interesting as it was like stepping into a real seedy area. You go from this clean cut palace and cutting edge new building city to this marijuana, gypsy selling trinket, Shanty like building area. I felt like I had stepped into a place designed and built by kids – maybe this was the fabled never never land where Peter Pan and the lost boys had taken refuge. I’m told that most of the community have jobs and contribute positively to society so don’t let my spiel above give you a bad impression it’s just what I saw. No photos in this place unfortunately as no photos are allowed.
Afterwards we grabbed lunch which an had it at the front of the play house which was a ideal parkup in the waterfront of the harbour. We then cruised the palace and the marble church before retiring back to Niels place for the rest of the day.

Checking out the Royal Digs VIDEO

We bought some chicken and together with Niels and a couple of other guests from warm showers (Leigh and Janette) we cooked up a joint dinner of fried rice with #spicyAF chicken and salad on the side. I was pretty happy with the chilli 🌶 level and Niels assured me it didn’t even register on his hot scale lol (I did see him reaching for the paper towel more than once to dab the sweat from his forehead – apparently the salad was too hot). It was really cool that Niels was hosting 2 sets of guests as it felt like a big family and we all really gelled well together. We were trading stories of travels and advice and Leigh and Janette had come through Areas we will likely go through in months to come (Turkey and the east) and conversely they are heading up North into Norway. Leigh is an Aussie and together him and Janette have also toured through a lot of Aus so we were also able to provide some advice and tips to Niels should he ever venture South again (he got to New Zealand a few years back but never made it to Aus). It was around 12am when we all called it a night and we feel once again into that deep slumber being well few and watered (did I mention beer is cheap!).

Items worth counting on this epic…
Status quo from 5th July

-B
-edited by E

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