North Sea Cycle Route – Hadsund to Grenaa

Bogbus?Today marks my final day for this trip on The North Sea Cycle Route. From Hamburg I will have pedalled 716 miles or 1145km of the 6000km route. So 19% of the total route done leaving a lot still to do 🙂

I slept according to Fitbit an amazing 9hr 41min in my little cabin with ‘only’ two pit stops all night. Interesting thing I noticed today is that the Danish word for book is bog so the colloquial  English “going to the bog” could mean going to read a book – which I’m sure a lot of people do in the bog 🙂

Another first for this or any trip is that the little Udbyhøj Cable ferry offers free coffee in a takeaway cup – an excellent idea I thought. Certainly compared to some of the surly crew I have experienced on some of the many ferries I’ve been on.

Denmarks oldest treeIt was another pleasant sunny day although it’s taking longer each day for me to warm up. Saw a few racing cyclists busy mending punctures but another quiet day although I met two Danish elderly ladies inspecting, what the sign says, is Denmark’s oldest tree but their English was poor so I couldn’t really understand how royalty had only given up their land a couple of hundred years ago. Although the crown appears in a lot of places on my travels here. This section only had a couple of unpaved sections and no sandy ones.

I’m afraid I let my trip advisor down by not booking the hotel Jens recommended in his daily email, when I got around to doing it, it was full 🙁  So i decided to splurge a little and booked myself into The Kystvejen conference centre mega hotel, maybe a bad choice with some big truckers event going on.

Tomorrow I think I will continue on Route 5 for 75km or so down to Aarhus then get the train across Denmark to Esjberg taking just over 2 hours.

Todays Strava is here and pics here

And in other news – Oh! Someone has woken up at Google and realized all my photos are geotagged with their location and are viewable by the public. Apparently they may be seen on Google maps. Here is a link if it works – Crikey, allegedly, my 44,517 pics on Google have been viewed over ELEVEN MILLION times!!

North Sea Cycle Route – Saeby to Hadsund

1-IMG_4196A glorious day for a bike ride; bright sunshine and a cool eastern breeze with lovely smooth paved surfaces. I fair zoomed along with the wind definitely helping, the countryside like my breakfast at the sports hall was a bit uninspired but pleasant enough. In Hals just before the ferry I found a pleasant bakery cafe which did divine Danish pastries 🙂 After the ferry I was going so well I missed a small section of the 5 cycleway, I only spotted the mistake when I saw the route crossing the road I was on, this led onto a bit of dirt track before the smooth tarmac reappeared around the corner.

The main cycle route 5 - can you spot it?At the slick looking Lille Vildmose centre (of the same ilk as Welney swan visitor centre) I stopped for more coffee and cake to relax in the quiet (once the school party had left). After this Route 5 descended into grass & gravel tracks up the chalky hills (reminiscent of the Suffolk walks we have done with Cambridge Rambling Club) the poor Dawes Galaxy wasn’t built for these tracks, as you can see from my Strava when the speed plummets!

1-IMG_4215After Ostkystruten the route turns smooth again obviously running on an old railway line as you enter Hadsund there is a bike counter identical to the one recently installed on Parkers Piece in Cambridge, except this works of cause! Each side of the display shows the count of the bikes going each way, it uses four embedded sensor wires in the tarmac (just like I developed in the original Scandrive). The Cambridge one was connected up so that each bike is counted twice each way!

The Danhostel Hadsund is actually huts in a camping ground, by the school, so the showers & toilet are in a block that need a hike to get too 🙁 not so good for an old man in the night 🙁 plus the MAJOR disadvantage of no WiFi 🙁 although the Three 3G signal is good and the ground does have excellent views over the estuary.

In the evening I had an email from my trip advisor, Jens, 🙂 so I hot footed it to the da Vinci restaurant by the waters edge. Excellent food although it is turning rapidly chilly as I type this sat on the terrace.

A relatively effortless 60+ miles the Strava is here and a few pics here
Friday 19th September 2014