Monthly Archives: July 2013

the bridge

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If you saw the TV series , you can understand that we were disappointed it couldn’t have been a cyclist wot done it, as cyclists are not allowed to cross the bridge. Instead we had to take the train which runs under the road of the bridge from Denmark to Malmo.
We hit the 1000km mark just before Copenhagen. We had been following the Danish cycle routes initially route 8 south and then 9 north, via the beautiful islands of Falster and the white cliffs of Mons. Lots of fields with cornflowers, poppies and iron age sites. You do get used to the ease of cycling when you have road priority. We met plenty of cycle tourists even whole families touring on their bikes, most were German all of whom spoke perfect English.
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“Wonderful Copenhagen” is best explored via boat and foot however, as it’s so busy in Summer.

Sweden

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Sweden is much hillier and has fewer cyclists. The Baltic route takes you through beautiful agricultural and forested countryside with glimpses of the cold blue Baltic sea. Shivery cold to swim in even now. Wild camping is easy by quiet lakes  that you can leap in to naked after a hot day in the saddle.
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We loved Kalmar city and met a lovely Swedish family via www.warmshowers.org   who recommended Kalmar  castle. It’s an amazing 12th century castle complete with moat .
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Denmark

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It was one of those days that you don’t want to end. The sun had made an appearance, we were cycling through beautiful countryside and along the coast, mainly off road on empty tracks. The track meandered through birch and beech trees with views of the sea and empty beaches. This was Denmark on route 8 north along the east coast of Falster and then on to Mons.
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We stopped at a tiny harbour and bought some fish from a small fishing boat that had just landed.We then caught the little ferry  to Bogo and cycled along the causeway to Mon. There were ancient barrows and tumuli, the only downside, nowhere to buy an ice-cream.

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We had arrived in Esbjerg to pouring rain and strong winds which set the trend for the next 10 days. It was great to have such good cycle routes all well signed and smooth. The campsites were all super clean with excellent facilities. The Danes are really helpful, stand around looking lost and someone will come and ask if they can help. The bakeries are brilliant with great breads and pastries. Denmark is very green and cycle friendly and quiet.