Starting Location:Â Jyderup
Ending Location:Â First CampÂ KolmÃ¥rden
Total Distance Traveled:Â 1398km
Bike Comfort Factor (1-10) :8
“Tired” Factor (1-10) :2
Tracking availability -Â Good!
I woke early that morning in my tent and began the packing process. Â Knowing I have zero experience I wanted to start before everyone else so I was not a cause of “flaffing” delay. Â By 8.30am we were having breakfast and Thomas was standing guard over his baby. Â A fully restored Mini Cooper S lovingly brought back to life over many years by himself.
After breakfast and much flaffing (I managed to lose my keys for a while) we set off with Vladimir taking lead on our first stop. Â A quick visit to the resting place of Kenneth KjaerbyeÂ to thank him for the fantastic weather so far. Â There is no doubt he would have been joining us on this trip, and many of us wanted to visit. Â After that, a quick stop atÂ HillerÃ¸d Castle (yes, that castle!) to meet up with the infamous Christian Denkler who wanted to wish us well. Â As you can see from the picture, the weather was stunning.
Then north, to Helsingor harbour, to catch a 30minute ferry to Helsingborg in Sweden. Â (Tip – ferries are equivalent to busses to Scandanavia. Â Typically you pay when you get there or even on the ferry).
From there onto the E4 for a long slog heading northeast. Swedish motorways: Â Huge, smooth and very very dull. Â We had 5 hours of it. Â The first petrol stop had an aeroplane at the side converted into a candy store for kids. Â By the time the second fuel stop arrived, the heat and sunlight had given me a splitting headache, and everyone was pretty tired from the motorway trudgery. Â Paracetamol consumed with water and onwards to our first waypoint of the evening. Â Well, theÂ second one. Â The first planned camp site had nobody there to meet us, so we left and found a much superior one by the name of First CampÂ KolmÃ¥rden. Â By finding this second one, a theme was developing. Â Sat Nav on the bikes was supplied by two Garmin Zumos (Roy and Chris) and TomTom app on my iPhone. Â The iPhone was vastly superior in almost every respect. Â Something to keep in mind if you do this trip. Â Anyways, I digress. Â This camp, based on a lake, they offer tent sites or cabins. Â Gregg, Vladimir and Roy elected for a cabin. Â Chris and I setup our tents. Â We then had to get back on the bikes to get food and fuel and drifted off to bed about 11pm. Â It was still bright.