Daily Digest- Day 33 to Day 39 (DENMARK & GERMANY)

Day 33 – 7th July 2018
København (Copenhagen), Denmark

Transport – Old school bicycles (not our trusty tourers) 16.8km average speed 12.4km/hr

Captains log stardate 20023 – slept in late this am. I’m blaming the Danish beers sunk last night – some of which had alcohol levels in excess of 7% 😳 (that’s a lot to a lightweight drinker like me). Either way it was great getting the extra zzzz. We decided to run a yogurt and muslie mix for a late breakfast which may sound weird as we had access to a full kitchen where we could cook anything but the yogurt here is sooooooo good its hard to pass up for breakfast…sometimes lunch…actually any meal really 😋. We chatted with Niels about our upcoming travel plans and he graciously offered us another nights stay if we wanted. We had a think about it and decided we would take him up on the offer and do a double ride day tomorrow (future Beau and Emms problem right?? 😆). There was a jazz festival starting in København today (its a week long festival with free events all over the city) and Emilie (a host we had stayed with a few days earlier near Lemvig) was in town so we organised to meet up at one of the local jazz events. The event was a soul singer with a jazz band backup.

Jazz Festival Copenhagen, Denmark VIDEO

It was pretty rad and little shin dig and great catching up with Emilie and meeting her cousin Steine. Emma had an afternoon full of hay fever which was funny to watch (sorry Emm)

We parted ways in the early arvo as the girls had a train to catch back to Lemvig so we decided to do one final cruise around The beautiful city of København to take in some of the sights we missed or skipped over the previous day.

Freetown Christiania VIDEO

We then pedalled back home and picked up some dinner supplies on route. We decided to run eggs with some pesto type bread and veges – sounds boring but we were craving just a simple nutritious meal – I think it may have something to do with the excess digestive biscuits combined with jam we have been pumping the last few days/weeks 😬.

Niels was home and it was awesome to have his company for dinner. He also called his partner Birgit to come along and she brought some smoked salmon to complement the scrambled eggs 😍. Talk about love at first sight…I’m talking about the smoked salmon here of course 😜. Birgit was a cool chick and we got on like a house on fire (that means we got on well Niels if your reading this 😜) talking mostly travel experiences and asking the duo for recommendations for our future travels throughout Europe. Leigh and Janet returned shortly after and we spent the rest of the night enjoying dinner together as a big group. Niels and I shared a porter (apparently Denmark’s best) I had bought on advice from Emilie and I have to say this black beer was on point. Sometime I find porters can be too strong or too sweet but this one hit the nail on the head and was the perfect post dinner beverage.

We bid everyone goodnight at 11pm as we had an early start planned for the dreaded double 😐 and we thanked Niels again for his generous hospitality and advice. Our stay in København was elevated to another level chiefly due to this legend.

#TheCasualtyList…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
# shoes broken: 1 pair sandals

-B
-edited by E

Day 34 – 8th July 2018
København Denmark to Rostock Germany

Transport – 170km average speed 23.7 km/hr (one ferry crossing on top of this for 1 hour and 45 minutes)

The good the bad and the ugly – today we woke up early…like 5am early 😳. I woke up thinking I was back in Sydney getting ready for a chop off ride before work and dreaming the last month bike touring was just that a dream. Lucky it was not and despite the tiredness we slammed some breaky and snuck it ready to roll at 6.30am! Niels woke up just in time to bid us farewell then we were on our way. What can I say about the next 6-8hours. Originally we had planned to detour to Møns Klint (a chalk-like sea cliff) not far from Eurovelo 7 (the route we were following all the way from København to Berlin – this part of the Eurovelo is well signposted and highly trafficked by bike tourers). However, we were at about 70km in when we hit the turnoff and knowing we had about 210km with detour or 160km without and the fact we would have to catch an intermediate ferry that may or may not have been running lead us to deciding to forego seeing the legendary coastline ☹️. It’s ok folks we will be back one day and I vow we will make it next time!

Having a few hours up our sleeve we then decided to take a quick seaside parkup in Vordingbord. It was pretty supreme and allowed us to recharge for the final 50km to the seaside port of Gedser. We had originally planned to catch the 7pm ferry to Rostock Germany but made it to the terminal at 3pm so caught the earlier 5pm ferry.

Upon arriving at Rostock we contacted Wilhelm who we had contacted through warm showers for a nights stay. He was super easy going and happy to accomodate us at either his place or his girlfriend’s Marika place (I might add without her even being home talk about a trusting pair 😍).

We decided to ride the 10 odd kms to his place however and spend the evening with the duo as we were keen to hang out and learn some German history. Wilhelm grew up in East Germany before the wall was pulled down and has strong political interests so it was very interesting quizzing him about the recent past. The hours passed quickly and before we knew it the time had clocked past 1am. We were both zombies at this stage due to the early start, 7+ hours riding and late finish that we literally passed out once again (there seems to be a theme going here lol).

#TheCasualtyList…Items worth counting on this epic…
Status quo from 7th July

-B
-edited by E

Day 35 – 9th July 2018
Rostock to Sietow, Germany

Transport – 112.2km average speed 23.4km/hr

The good the bad and the ugly – this morning was a strrrrrugggllee getting up. The long ride/late night had taken its toll and we were resentfully heading out to the local supermarket for some much needed breaky.

170km ride recap VIDEO

Our moods quickly flipped 180 when we registered how much food cost in Germany. It is cheap by Aussie standards and a lot of items are even cheap by Asian standards. Needless to say we loaded our panniers not only with the oats, raisins and banana staples breakfast but also fruit, chocolate, hazelnut spread (yes that tally is starting up again 😍) quality bread and prosciutto! Talk about living large. We got about 4-5 meals worth of food (and I’m talking Beau+Emma appetite size meals!) all for €12 (about $18). We then had a lavish breakfast consisting of our recently acquired haul. Wilhelm then hooked up with us and we went downtown to meet Marika for lunch at her work (a community based kitchen operating at the basement of a left wing political party organisation). For lunch we had vegan cauliflower and rice curry dish for €5 each and shouted our wonderful hosts.

We then departed and rode the towards Müritz (Germany’s largest lake). On the way we stopped by this castle in Güstrow I believe for lunch which was really great. The last 50 or so km to the final parkup was a real struggle though and we were pretty stoked to finally arrive at this neat little cottage (we’ll pretty big cottage actually).

A warm showers host Peter who was not even home had another pair (Maurice and Mica) home sitting his place and had arranged a stay at his place via this lovely couple and their son Louie. We arrived at 8pm and had a late dinner with Maurice sharing some of his families left over dinner with some eggs, cheese and whatever else we had in our panniers (we had missed closing of the supermarket so had to get creative with dinner. We called it shortly after as we were both pretty spent once again.

#TheCasualtyList…Items worth counting on this epic…
Hazelnut spread jar count: 9
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
# shoes broken: 1 pair sandals

-B
-edited by E

Day 36 – 10th July 2018
Sietow to Berlin, Germany

Transport – 162km average speed 24.2km/hr

The never ending story – this morning we had breaky with the whole family – Maurice, Mica and little Louie

Emm and Mica picked some fresh raspberry and these grape like berries which made the oats really delicious.

The family had also brought some soft French cheese with them which is unlike any I have ever had and went really well on toast 😋.

I of course had a second breakfast of jam and Ghouda cheese on toast knowing we had another big day ahead. We didn’t have to be in Berlin till the late evening so we didn’t get rolling until 12pm.

It was a chilled 40km ride before we called halt and had lunch lol. Before lunch Emm found another massive sore of road side berries (this time blackberries!!!!) and we picked as much as we could carry.

More blueberries woohoo VIDEO

Blackberries are amongst my favourite berries 😋. The find of berries skewed our lunch choice to oats and yogurt so we loaded up and finished up with some ham, cheese and tomato on toast. Sounds weird but it definitely hit the spot!
We then rolled out and clocked up the next 110km to Berlin in #TouringWithaSenseofUrgency type fashion. We had obviously taken our late arrival time frame to liberally and had to get some kms under our belt so we wouldn’t be arriving near midnight! It was actually nice just riding tempo for longer periods as I always find clocking some kms in shorter bursts is satisfying.

We arrived in Berlin bang on 9pm and were at our hosts place by 930pm. Navigating Berlin by bicycle is pretty easy with dedicated lanes that actually flow (unlike Sydney) and didn’t take as long as I expected – i.e. it is good for city riding for future reference. Our host Gerald (pronounced Geh-Raaallld) I think was surprised to see us being a a bit dubious on us making the distance today but was well prepared an generously cooked up a super scrumptious dinner of fried potatoes with eggs and pickles on the side (a popular German dish) with a side of salad. I literally inhaled this dish! 😋😋😋

Gerald grew up in East Germany (before the wall came down) and has bike toured and travelled in so many different countries. He currently works as a bike mech so that he can work a lot during the German summer and take long (i.e. 4-5 month) blocks off work and travel during the quieter winter months. Talk about work life balance! We discussed all this over some non alcoholic beers (I must have been somewhat delirious in the supermarket when I bought them lol but they did taste good non-the-less) before calling it a night.

#TheCasualtyList…Items worth counting on this epic…
Hazelnut spread jar count: 10
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
# shoes broken: 1 pair sandals

-B
-edited by E

Day 37 – 11th July 2018
Berlin, Germany

Transport: 38.4 average speed 13.9km/hr

Highs: A much needed sleep in saw us up around 7.30am for a day as tourists. We firstly had breakfast with our host Gerald before he dashed off for his long day at work as a bicycle mechanic. Usual oats and our left over fresh berries were a real treat. Soon after we headed out on our bikes to check out Berlin. Beau LOVED seeing the wall since we have been learning a lot of Europe’s history from all our wonderful hosts so far. I don’t like the amount of tourists around but it was nice to see Beau soon engaged in his surroundings. We also cruised around the city checking out the cool buildings, Brandenburg gate and the Jewish Memorial. All very symbolic and beautiful. We had a nice lunch on the waterway too overlooking old school buildings which was a real city highlight for us.

Lows: We wasted a lot of time trying to source a SIM card in Germany. We wanted to obtain the card here since we having a year working holiday visa in Germany so makes sense to have a main contact point here.. after investigation turns out you need a fixed address, EU number and even an online video interview- talk about complicated just for a prepaid mobile sim!! Apparently this is to help limit terrorism. It seems everything is open to inspection 💩.

We were back at Gerald’s apartment for a late dinner with him of scrambled eggs, sweet potato and lots of greens.

The boys got a few chin ups in too 😂😂

Chin Up Competition VIDEO

#TheCasualtyList…Items worth counting on this epic…
Hazelnut spread jar count: 10
Jam jar count: 5
Honey jar count: 1
Brake pads cooked: 2
Gear cables: 1
Chains: 2
# fuel bottles: 3 litres of denatured alcohol, 1x 250g gas bottle
# Sporks broken: 1
# knives broken: 1
# knicks destroyed/used beyond use: 1
# shoes broken: 1 pair sandals

-E

Day 38 – 12 July
Berlin to Genthin, Germany

Transport: 118.3km average speed 23.1km/hour

Today we woke at 8.30am and rain was pouring. Breakfast of oats and berries that I found… delish!! As the rain poured our motivation dwindled as to what to do for the morning. We ended up back in bed napping again 😝. We decided we saw everything we needed to yesterday in downtown Berlin so we decided to walk about the streets local to Gerald’s place. We had our wet weather gear on and strolled around for awhile. The weather started to clear by early afternoon and we decided to press on since we often fall behind our ‘schedule’ – that is definitely a loose term lol… We set off in showering type rain that was on and off and at first regretted our decision to press on at 3.30pm… but… it cleared and we experienced the best sunset we have ever seen. It was such a beautiful ride and I think one I will remember for a really long time.

Genthin Sunset Chat VIDEO

We arrived at our new warm showers host place by 10pm when Thomas was back from fishing. His wife Elle and two young children are away with their grandparents so we had Thomas chat to us while we ate. They have a beautiful home and we immediately felt so welcome here. Thomas is a relaxed and very friendly dude – reminds me of some our good friends at home. By midnight we were exhausted and enjoyed some much much needed zzzzzzzzzs

-E

#TheCasualtyList…Items worth counting on this epic…
Hazelnut spread jar count: 10
Jam jar count: 5
Honey jar count: 1
Brake pads cooked: 2
Gear cables: 1
Chains: 2
# fuel bottles: 3 litres of denatured alcohol, 1x 250g gas bottle
# Sporks broken: 1
# knives broken: 1
# knicks destroyed/used beyond use: 1
# shoes broken: 1 pair sandals

Day 39 – 13 July

Genthin, Germany

Transport- 2km ride to the shops. Probably our first total rest day 😂😂😂

Not really anything to report on today. #BoxedBeau made an appearance… well Beau is sick it seems. Slept most of the day and no real appetite. In lieu of his absence from eating today I made up for the two of us 😂😂 – lots of museli and yoghurt and half a tub of ice cream mmmmmmmm……..

Once Thomas came home we pottered around the backyard and collected fresh eggs!!

I enjoyed some of Thomas’ berries growing in the backyard and I spent time learning German. Dinner was a relaxed affair making pasts Bolognese and choc ice cream for dessert. It was really nice to have a rest day to recharge for what is to come next. Stay tuned!!

– E

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