Ah! No wonder English is the global language when you have magnificent wordsmiths like Freddie Mercury to quote.
I was hoping to open by saying “Hi! I’m in Rosencranz”, but alas it is 100 metres away across the Danish-German border and doesn’t have a camping site.
So from battered and bruised in Løkken 4 sleeps ago, here I am at the end of the Danish leg (albeit a short leg of 457km and one quick ferry hop).
It’s quite strange. After being able to get very immersed in Norway, in a week (less 2 hours), I’ve gone from disembarking the ferry in Hirtshals to completing the stage.
So what can I say about the thin sliver of Denmark I have seen? It’s flat! It has a sand dune that runs the length of the west coast- so I didn’t see much of the North Sea. But it does have long stretches of inland lakes/bays that are teeming with birds (and frogs). It is dotted with charming thatch-roofed cottages and barns that are simply beautiful in the early morning mist. And it has hundreds of wind turbines.
I didn’t really get much done in Løkken as I couldn’t find a bicycle or camera shop, so mainly I slept and ate and slept again. My only break from being lazy was fitting my spare tyre and cleaning and lubricating the gears and attaching my Norwegian flag sticker.
After two days break I headed south again following the coastal road (the Kystvej and variations of “coast way”). It was a flat route and in four rides I covered 114km to Klitmøller, 90km to Thorsminde, 122km to Esbjerg and the final 91km to Rudbøl.
In such a small country it was quite a mix of scenery- stretches of forest, dune grass with some remnant gun emplacements, 19th century villages, industrial zones, harbours, oil rig maintenance and the ubiquitous wind turbines.
As for me – I’m a bit tired. The initial abrasions are all healing well but if anything the bruising is taking its toll. They seem to have slowly risen to the surface and my right leg in particular is a mottled black and yellow from the knee down and my lower back and right knee are not great.
So I am staying put here for three nights and am planning to do absolutely nothing – other than consume as much protein as I can (lots of bacon for breakfast this morning followed by half a chicken at lunch and steak and chips for dinner).
Afraid still no camera and didn’t have too many opportunities to stop and take photos, but here are the few I took.