The Grand Tour of a Small Kingdom.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Don T, May 31, 2020.

  1. River Rat

    River Rat Greybeard Supporter

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    Awesome, thanks for sharing :thumb
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  2. 1800cycledude

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    Wow what a beautiful country ! I especially enjoyed seeing the grave from 3200 BC and the oldest inhabited building !
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    Tonny, I know you said you'd post a GPX file at the end. But for those of us that are trying to follow along and are not familiar with the town names, can you post a maps of each section? Doesn't have to be an exact tracing of the route, something with the general attractions marked as way points would make following along with you a lot easier and easier to visualize the trip. :beer

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  4. Don T

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    I've now added pictures at the end of each post showing the related track.

    I hope that helps :-)
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  5. Hollyr

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    Perfect excuse to go back and look at all the pictures again. (and it does help!)
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  6. Don T

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    Back on the road we continued our circuit of Funen until we reached Bøjden and the ferry to Fynshav on Als – an island connected by bridges to the southernmost part of Jutland.

    Up until now we had made arrangements to stay with friends every night. I had made the arrangements before our departure; based on what I expected would be reasonable days ride. It turned out that I had been a bit ambitious considering the kind of roads we had decided to follow. As a result we had spent around 10 hours on the road each day since we left home.

    We decided to slow down and call it a day early in the afternoon, when we reached Sønderborg.

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    Waiting for the ferry in Bøjden:

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    We secured the bikes on the car deck using magnets and straps:

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    We passed through a heavy shower during the crossing:

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    Nice riding on Als:

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    The first thing we did after checking in at a B&B in Sønderborg was to go for a run. We enjoy running and working out during a trip. It feels good to use the body after a long day in the saddle, and taking a run is a good way to explore the places we are staying. Later in the afternoon we set out on foot to have a closer look at the town. Katrine had never been there before. I had lived there for 8 month when I was 18 and trained to become a sergeant in the army. It was fun to see the place again and show Katrine around.


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    Sønderborg:

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    The military academy (it now serves other functions):

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    The bikes tugged in for the night at the B&B. The roofs of the carports were solar panels, charging the owners hybrid car – smart idea:

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    The track from day 5 (154 km):
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    To be continued...
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    Using solar panels as a carport is absolutely brilliant!
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  8. jeckyll

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    What a great report Don! I followed the link from the SuperT forum only expecting to look a bit more at your luggage setup, but man, this takes me back (I grew up just outside of Hannover and we spent a lot of summers on the coast, both in Denmark when I was very young and then in Sylt ... which is pretty close after all ;)

    And, just to prove it's a small works @Hollyr - hello from New West.
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  9. Hollyr

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    :wave @jeckyll. We'll have to arrange to meet when this is all over.
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  10. ChiefVPK

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    Tonny ,
    Great RR and great pics . Beautiful country ya got there buddy ! Thanks for the ride, it's the best news I've had over here in quite some time. Keep them coming ......................:clap
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  11. DavidM1

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    In 2003 I stayed at Gronnehave Strand Camping just north of Nyborg. Lovely people - they lent me some money until I could find an ATM.
    I was doing a circumnavigation of the North Sea on my R80GS.
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  12. Don T

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    With all the main islands behind us, it was time to dig into Jutland. This is by far the biggest area of Denmark. We would start out along the border, and when we hit the west coast turn north.

    Katrine recharging the batteries in the morning before leaving Sønderborg:
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    Gråsten Palace – another of the royal residences:

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    Flensborg fjord:

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    Along the border to Germany:

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    Schackenborg Castle – yet another royal castle:

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    Møgeltønder – charming old town by Schackenborg Castle:

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    There was this gift shop in Møgeltønder – some would love to rummage around – me, I felt an urge to torch it:

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    All border crossings were closed due to the corona situation:

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    Some of the time we followed gravel roads along the border. The fence you see on the left is to keep wild boars from migrating from Germany to Denmark – it’s 70 kilometers long:

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    The southern part of the west coast is dominated by dykes and sluices to keep the sea at bay:

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    We spend much of the day outside the tarmac:

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    The beach at Rømø is the widest in the country and you are allowed to ride on it:

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    The road that connects Rømø with the mainland:

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    We stayed at an old merchants house turned into a B&B in Ribe.

    Ribe dates back to the 7th century and is the oldest town in the Nordic countries. It’s a charming place and normally buzzing with tourists, but because of the corona situation it was eerily empty.

    The B&B we stayed at:
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    Our cozy room:

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    Time for a quick workout:

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    Strolling around Ribe:

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    The Cathedral is the main attraction:

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    The track from day 6 (214 km):
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    To be continued...
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  13. bigboyxl

    bigboyxl Been here awhile

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    Møgeltønder and Ribe are now in my shortlist next time I come to Denmark :thumbup:thumbup:thumbup
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    This continues to be a fantastic introduction to Denmark. :clap As others have mentioned, now I am thinking this could make a nice trip by itself, w/o having to go all the way across the continent.

    How were the temps during this last leg? It looks nice and sunny, but I see Katrine with that jacket and hat, makes me think the sunny pictures are a bit misleading.

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    Stunning photography of very interesting subjects. Thanks for taking us along on your "staycation".
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  16. GentlyBentley

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    So funny to see your own backyard described. Have no count of the number of times I've crossed that wooden bridge between Roskilde and Giesegaard, when our youngest wouldn't fall asleep in the evening :baby Have now moved to Frederikssund, where we are exploring the unknown Hornsherred on our k1200. Keep up the good story!
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  17. Don T

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    At this point of the trip the weather was beautiful, but very windy and rather chilly - with temperatures around 0°C (30°F) at night that climbed to 10°C (50°F) in the afternoon. It was the lowest temperatures recorded this time of year for decades.

    The weather would have an effect on the journey - we'll get to that later...
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    Beautiful!
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    The next morning we continued were we had left off.

    Kammerslusen:
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    More gravel and dirt:

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    The “Men by the Sea” sculpture located near Esbjerg:

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    Passing through “Vadehavet National Park”

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    We often encountered signs warning about possible flooded roads.

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    We stopped by the military facilities and training grounds at Oksbøl, where I spend a lot of time while in the army:

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    Blåbjerg Klitplantage:

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    Further north along the coast:

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    Beaver dam near Kronhede Plantage - right by
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    The track from day 7 (223 km):
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    To be continued...
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  20. DavidM1

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    (Giggling at the Danish word for flood - oversvømmet).
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