First ChallengeJune 15 in Denmark ⋅ 🌧 17 °C
Water from the Baltic Sea and sand from the Danish coast—> CHECK!
Water from the Baltic Sea and sand from the Danish coast—> CHECK!
Für die erste Aufgabe.
So sind jetzt in Dänemark...
Sønderhav is a small town on the Danish shore of Flensborg Fjord. We are close to the border with Germany and this will be our last night in Denmark for a while. We are parked off a dead end road beside a small beach. A couple of little islands shield us from the main channel, where huge ships occasionally sail on their passage to, or away from the city of Flensborg at the head of the fjord. The islands somehow make the place feel more intimate and rural and the birdlife certainly enjoys the shelter they provide. Flocks of little brown birds flit between low clumps of reeds and gulls populate the shallow waters close to shore, perching on the cute wooden fishing boats big enough for two.
A few other vans have chosen to spend the night here and people wander along the waterside, taking in the views on this sunny September day. We didn't drive far today so arrived before lunch. Will went out for a fish and got talking to a French person who had just spent 7 months in Norway in their little campervan.
After eating, Vicky helped him get the canoe down. She wasn't feeling up to paddling, so sat on a wooden bench and knitted until Poppy got tired and wanted to go back to the van (it didn't take too long). Will canoed to his heart's content, up and down the bay then around the islands. The water was so calm and clear you could see a long way down. He went swimming off one of the islands then ended up the day's activities by diving off the low wooden pier close to the van. He certainly made the most of his last day in Denmark. As has become traditional for us when moving on to a new country, we enjoyed one of Will's homemade pizza's and equally delicious garlic bread for tea. Outside the van there is a different view almost every day, but inside we like to stick with routines such as this one!Read more
It was Day 5 of our big journey from Slovenia to Sweden and there were 1003km left to Gothenburg.
We visited the Netto in Helmstedt because we like to contribute a little where a place provides a free stopover. We only needed a few things and were keen to start driving, but ended up taking 40 minutes. Shopping always takes longer than it did back home because visiting new shops each time means new layouts and different products. Even though we'd spent 4 months in Germany back in 2016, it still took us a while to get our heads round the language used to describe the food.
Martha had drunk a lot of diesel on the 500km we did yesterday so we filled her up again and finally we were off! The flat landscape didn't change much, there were still lots of wind turbines and perhaps more solar farms than yesterday. We think the daily travelling has started to wear on our nerves; when stopped for a cuppa we nearly got into an argument over chocolate biscuits that Vicky hadn't put in the fridge. After Will's initial frustration he sensibly stayed quiet and the tension diffused, but we are looking forward to arriving so we can do something with the day other than driving!
Eventually we reached Denmark! We stopped at a motorway rest area shortly afterwards and emptied our waste at the service point. There was a drinking water tap but no water came out and after being ill from drinking water in Italy, Vicky didn't want to risk filling from the hose designed to wash away the waste.
The rest area would have been a great place to stay; it had several seperate sections bordered by trees and even a large pond. Instead we carried on a few kilometres and came off the motorway to a dead end road that Will had found on Park4Night. We wouldn't normally park on a road but we checked out a car park nearby and this displayed a sign with 22.00 - 06.00 on it, which we guessed meant no overnight parking, so we settled for the quiet road. In the end it turned out to be a great spot. As we stepped out of the door the scent of blossom hit us! We think it was the white Hawthorn flowers, but it could have been the Cow Parsley or vibrant golden Broom. The only disturbance we had was the occasional train going by and a couple of bikers who soon cleared off. The sun set down the tree lined lane casting a honeyed hue on the foliage and back lighting the flying bugs that hovered here and there. Birdsong was an almost constant backing track, even past 10pm when the sky was just as light as it would have been on an overcast lunchtime!
We'd covered 400km today.Read more
So gut haben wir 3 letzte Nacht geschlafen in unserem Swami. Gut warm, dank Standheizung und bester Zeltbalgisolierung dank Omi Sabine. Bestens gelaunt gings dank unserer Frühaufsteherin morgens ab Richtung Fischmarkt; Marktschreier preisen Fisch, Obst, Blumen und Gemüse in großen Körben oder Paketen zu je 10€ an, und legen so lange immer noch was auf das Paket drauf, bis irgendwer für 10€ zuschlägt. Gerne hätten wir in Hülle und Fülle eingekauft, aber Platzmangel im Swami, isländische Zollbestimmungen, und die Gewissheit, so große Mengen gar nicht essen zu können, ließen uns bescheiden bleiben. Etwas Käse, Obst und ein Paket geräucherten Fisch haben wir trotzdem für unsere Weiterreise erstanden. Theresa hat alles in der Trage verschlafen. Dafür war sie bei der Hafenrundfahrt in ihrem Element, hat alle rundherum unterhalten und sich derart ausgepowert, dass sie dann über 2h während der Autofahrt geschlafen hat, und wir am frühen Nachmittag bereits die dänisch-deutsche Grenze passieren konnten. Den Nachmittag haben wir auf einem Spielplatz auf einer Raststation verbracht. Jetzt schläft Theresa wieder in ihrem Kindersitz und wir setzen unsere Reise Richtung Hirtshals fort.Read more
Für die "Wikingertaufe"🤔
When you think campsites and shelter-boxes can't get any better.....
...the free camping in Denmark has given us an absolute cracker!
After trying 2 map-marked campsites that turned out to be a tic-filled field of 50cm deep grass and a scount camp next to a motorway, lucky number three was a "Mølle" (windmill)- not a field in the vicinity but actually under it, in the mill grounds! We are the only ones here too. Bonus!
A beautifully mown lawn with table and chairs, a clean bathroom and electricity are the luxuries of the day. We just paid 30KR for us both(€4) to go inside the windmill which the caretaker unlocked for us. (Nice deal as the single person price was 30KR.
The blackbird hopping about and singing on our shelterbox woke us up pretty early. I have never heard such a loud blackbird before 😄-A few cycles of snoozing the alarm got us on the way to our breakfast supermarket and onwards with EV3.
Today's riding was pretty nice (as usual!!!)- mostly flat, some lovely tree-lined avenues forming tunnels over the track and the usual animal companions plus a camel and a black snake!
Despite its slightly temperamental weather, Denmark is becoming a surprise forerunner as one of the favourite trip countries and I'd certainly recommend it to anyone who loves the outdoor life.
Its much more expensive than Germany for food, but if that inflation is taxation which contribute to the awesome provision of free campsites, then I'm certainly a supporter.
stocking up on free toilet paper ;)
Lots of people playing croquet
Peter horse whispering
The windmill campRead more
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