Starting Location: Jyderup
Ending Location: First Camp Kolmården
Total Distance Traveled: 1398km
Bike Comfort Factor (1-10) :8
“Tired” Factor (1-10) :2
Tracking availability – Good!
I woke early that morning in my tent and began the packing process. Knowing I have zero experience I wanted to start before everyone else so I was not a cause of “flaffing” delay. By 8.30am we were having breakfast and Thomas was standing guard over his baby. 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. A quick visit to the resting place of Kenneth Kjaerbye to thank him for the fantastic weather so far. There is no doubt he would have been joining us on this trip, and many of us wanted to visit. After that, a quick stop at Hillerød Castle (yes, that castle!) to meet up with the infamous Christian Denkler who wanted to wish us well. 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. (Tip – ferries are equivalent to busses to Scandanavia. 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: Huge, smooth and very very dull. We had 5 hours of it. The first petrol stop had an aeroplane at the side converted into a candy store for kids. 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. Paracetamol consumed with water and onwards to our first waypoint of the evening. Well, the second one. 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 Camp Kolmården. By finding this second one, a theme was developing. Sat Nav on the bikes was supplied by two Garmin Zumos (Roy and Chris) and TomTom app on my iPhone. The iPhone was vastly superior in almost every respect. Something to keep in mind if you do this trip. Anyways, I digress. This camp, based on a lake, they offer tent sites or cabins. Gregg, Vladimir and Roy elected for a cabin. Chris and I setup our tents. We then had to get back on the bikes to get food and fuel and drifted off to bed about 11pm. It was still bright.