I had a rather inauspicious start this morning – although I was up in good time I noticed that I had a flat tyre midway through packing my tent. As I was juggling stowing away the last of possessions, and making the repair a Dutchman decided that it was a good time to come over for a chat. He was nice enough, but seemed quite oblivious to my predicament and had the annoying habit of pausing midway through a sentence to stare into space. By this stage I was running quite late, but finally, just as the Danish chap had begun an anecdote about a trip he’d made with his family to australia, he was dragged away by his wife. I managed to finish packing, and replace my rear tyre with a spare (the old one having been shredded by a large shard of glass) getting on the road about an hour late.
While it didn’t rain much today – just occasional drizzle – low cloud meant that I couldn’t see much, making for quite unentertaining cycling – staring at a white wall gets old after a while! The terrain was pancake flat however, and I had a slight tailwind propelling me along, so the miles ticked away nicely. Stopping for lunch after 60 miles I reflected that one thing I’d definitely recommend Denmark for is it’s pastries, not only are they delicious, but they make for a perfect energy boost after a mornings cycling.
The cloud thinned this afternoon, and the wind picked up and I reached my planned destination, ‘Ribe’, sooner than I’d planned. In light of the favourable conditions I pressed on, following a section of the ‘North Sea Cycle Route’ which follows the coast from Scotland to Trondheim. By the time I finally stopped I’d covered over 130 miles, and had reached ‘Tønder’, a city on the german border. Today’s was a long ride, and the first time this trip that I’ve ridden more than 200km in a day, but it means I’ve crossed Denmark in two days, and have another country to look forward to tomorrow.