Today I started the trip back south down the eastern coast of Denmark heading towards the port of Grenå where the North Sea Cycle Route expects you to head east and board a ferry to Varberg in Sweden. I will turn west and head to Esbjerg and the ferry back to Harwich.
My new found Danish travel advisor, Jens, recommended a short day and I wasn’t going to argue as my legs need one! in fact after the 36.5 mile ride to Saeby I collapsed asleep on the bed at this lovely DanHostel, only to be woken later by a Facetime call from Sally telling of her latest biking record!
The ride started in a bakery, I love the range of breads & pastries, for breakfast. Then it was of back down Route 1 fair flying along with at last the wind behind me, for a while at least!. At Hulsig you hit Route 5 which goes the full length of the east coast of Denmark, it will be my home for the next few days. 🙂
The route is far more paved (90% as opposed to allegedly 70% for Route1) and certainly for today borders a very busy road 🙁 also the wind changed to the dreaded side wind again 🙁
I made it to the DanHostel on the outskirts of Sæby just after 2pm after doing 36.5 miles from the bakery. The Strava is here
After my siesta I walked into town, which is very pleasant not as touristy as the west coast far more a real working place. I treated myself to a fish buffet at Franks cafe in the harbour, the fish choice was excellent but the bread was to die for real solid & heavy 🙂
Tomorrow Jens is recommending Hadsunds where there is a DanHostel. I love these hostels such a neat idea especially when they are tied to a sports complex (as Sally said visiting sports teams could use the hostel) so the staff can easily run both. An idea that the YHA could do in collaboration with local councils in the UK.
Everywhere in Denmark you see neat design ideas. Tonight the room key has the WiFi key written on it! Also the bunk beds easily convert to a single bed with a simple hinge system.
After an excellent nights sleep I awoke to a calm sunny day. I went to find the guy to pay – eventually I located him having a coffee in the enormous sports hall, swimming pool next door. They didn’t seem to do real breakfast so I went to hunt for a cafe in the out of season ghost town that is Lokken. No wonder I had the hostel to myself last night! Eventually I found the bakery was open with a breakfast option, so a coffee, orange juice a couple of bread rolls with cheese and a Danish pastry later I was on my way. First port of call was across the road to the huge SPAR and the usual days refreshments..
The route was a total mixture of surfaces from smooth pathways to sharp descent/ascent of a sandy path (not good at all). I even came across some other cyclists, the first for several days. Plus a whole school of desultory kids obviously out for some nature walks in another part of the forest a whole load of little kids were out on their mountain bikes. I particularly liked the cow with its zebra crossing markings.
At lunch time I found myself in the big ferry town of Hirtshals with open cafes! I went into Cafe2 to have a coffee and some apple pie – I came out reeling at the price £10.18p at the current exchange rate 🙁 I think they must cater for the Norwegians from the ferries. On I progressed through forest tracks, paved towards the end with racing cyclists bombing along on their evening workout.
In Skagen I went to the Ferie På Toppen Hotel which fully deserves it’s low rating on booking.com especially as the guy charges an additional 100 crowns for the linen & towels 🙁 I rang booking.com to complain but apparently it’s in the small print somewhere that they charge. But no mention of 100 crowns extra on a 350 crown room 🙁
It was such a lovely evening I decided to bike, leaving my saddlebag, to the end of Route 1 in Grenen and walk to the tip of the peninsular & celebrate my doing another little video.
Today I biked 67 miles, which means since leaving Cambridge 23 days ago I’ve biked 1,261miles (2016km) Now to bike part of the way down the East coast on Route 5 and then across to Esbjerg for the ferry home.