The Grand Tour of a Small Kingdom.

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

  1. Ginger Beard

    Ginger Beard Instagram @motopossum Super Moderator

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    Absolutely fantastic ride report! Denmark is a beautiful country that I truly hope to tour within my lifetime! :freaky
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  2. hairnet

    hairnet will travel for cake

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    are bikes still millions of kroner?

    went into a bike dealer in 06 all sorts of off road and harleys and stuff saw a new R1 at the time and it was 275000 kr - at the time that was 27500 gbp - here they were 8500 gbp
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    9w6vx Pergo et Perago

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  4. Don T

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    Yep, bikes are still ridiculously expensive in Denmark.
    I payed 30.000 euro for my T12 back in 2015.

    The tax on bikes have been reduced slightly since then, but only slightly...
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  5. jeckyll

    jeckyll Kneedragger

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    I think it's the great scenery and the nice calm writing style. Makes for a very relaxing and enjoyable ride report, especially in these times!

    Looking forward to the next installment! :D
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  6. LocuL

    LocuL Gnarly Steward

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    Small world...Denmark even more.

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    antirich5 Long timer

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    Ha, reminds me of our last trip in Switzerland; lots of "Ausfahrts" to make everyone giggle :-)
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  8. zhousir19820815

    zhousir19820815 Adventurer

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    very buterful,thanks for sharing
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  9. Don T

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    Sunday morning the wind had died down and we turned back north to where we had diverted from our track 2 days earlier. From now on we would also have the opportunity to get inside during the day, as the corona restrictions had been eased off allowing the cafés and restaurants to reopen.

    Back on the road Sunday morning:
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    In the afternoon we reached the island Mors, where we stayed at a B&B just outside of Flade:

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    Nice view from the terrace outside our room:

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    Katrine used the cozy settings to take an afternoon nap:

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    Before dinner we went for a run in the area:

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    The next morning after a delicious breakfast we were ready to resume our journey in earnest:

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    The track from day 11 (170 km):
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    To be continued...
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  10. Don T

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    Nice scenery and good riding from the word go:
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    We passed through Klitmøller also known as “Cold Hawaii” due to its great surfs:

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    Along the west coast:

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    We rode long stretches on the beach:

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    In the afternoon we reached Skagen at the northern tip of Jutland:

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    After a lunch break we continued south along the east coast. First stop was at the The Sandburied Church of which only the tower remains.

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    Followed by a walk on Råbjerg Mile - the largest migrating dune in Denmark. It moves 15 meters east every year, swallowing everything in its track:

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    Looking west over the landscape it leaves behind:

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    Towards the east you can see what it will destroy/change in the future.

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    Moving from the west to the east coast the scenery changed, but the nice riding continued:

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    After a long and interesting day we spend the night in a private shelter on a farm just north of Limfjorden:

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    We had access to potable water and an old fashion outhouse:
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    The track from day 12 (420 km):
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    To be continued...
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  11. squadraquota

    squadraquota mostly harmless

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    Thank you Tonny for showing us your beautiful country, I must admit it looks so much more varied than I expected.
    The part close to the German border looked a bit familiar. My brother lives near Hamburg and you can see similarities in the architecture and use of materials, especially in the farm houses.

    Funny also to see the similarities between some Danish and Dutch words.

    as for the tracks, I had no idea there are so many gravel and 2-track farm roads in Denmark that are open to traffic. In The Netherlands, the little bits that are not tarred yet, will often been cluttered will all sorts of prohibits…

    I must check out the TET site again and get to learn more about that, we tend to focus in southern directions (Alps, Balkan, etc) but it seems that closer to home there is some good stuff to be discovered.:thumb
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    Lovely! Thanks for showing us how soul-restoring a few days out and about on a bike can be, whether close to home or far away.
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  13. Don T

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    In the morning we stopped for breakfast at a bakery in Hals before crossing Limfjorden by ferry and doing an inland loop:
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    We passed through Lille Vildmose:

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    Did a stop at Rebild Bakker where the largest 4th of July celebrations outside the US takes place every year:

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    We hit the coast again at the scenic Mariager Fjord:

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    At Randers Fjord we arrived at another short ferry crossing:

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    In the afternoon we explored Djursland – especially focusing on Mols Bjerge:

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    Kalø Castle Ruin:
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    We stayed the night at a B&B in Marselisborg Forest just south of Aarhus - my favorite city in the country and the place I grew up. In the evening we walked 5 kilometers through the forest and along the coast into town to have dinner – a good way to build an appetite.


    The B&B in the forest:
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    We walked by the Varna Mansion:

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    The best pizza in town:

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    It was getting dark as we walked back to the B&B:
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    The track from day 13 (363 km):
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    To be continued...
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  14. Saso

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    So fun to sit down with my coffee this morning and open up the laptop to this RR! Great tour Tonny - really love getting to see your beautiful Denmark - can't wait to get back there.
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  15. kave

    kave Gravel rules

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    Nice report of my neighbor country. Probably first time in history where danes visiting sweden outnumbers swedes in denmark by 100000. We so much miss denmark.
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  16. jeckyll

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    It's amazing how much gravel you are able to ride. Where I lived in Germany, most of those roads / paths would have been restricted.

    Great report! :beer
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  17. Don T

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    The next day we continued south on scenic back roads:
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    View from Skamlingsbanken:
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    In Christiansfeld we stopped at Brødremenighedens honningkagebageri (Xocolatl) to enjoy the original gingerbread that has made the town famous. The fame is well deserved – it’s the best gingerbread I’ve ever tasted!

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    Next stop was Haderslev. I wanted to show Katrine the place where I had served in the army for a couple of years when I was young(er).

    After finding a place to stay for the night, we first went for a run – following a route I often did in the morning as a soldier. I even entertained her with some of the marching songs from back then while we ran.

    After a quick shower we explored the old town on foot and went out for dinner.

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    Before we left town the next morning, we stopped by the military obstacle course. After walking her through it, Katrine was happy that she wasn’t a soldier.

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    Lunch break in Løgumkloster:
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    After a short day’s ride we arrived at a B&B in Sæd, just north of the German border. We wanted to be well rested, as we had an appointment early the next morning at a border crossing nearby - and a tough couple of days coming up.


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    A nice selection of moonshine in the dining room:

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    It’s good to be inside, when it’s pouring down:

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    The track from day 14 & 15 (368 km):
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    To be continued...
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  18. Don T

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    You'll encounter numerous gravel and 2-track farm roads when travelling around Denmark. Many of them are open to traffic.
    The tricky part is to locate the ones that are through roads as most are dead ends.

    The next installment will be about the TET - or more specifically about a new Danish TET track through Jutland, which will be released shortly...
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  19. segwayy

    segwayy Still love my 1100gs

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    I had that rhubarb drink when i was in Copenhagen , Great trip thanks for sharing
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  20. Jim K.

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    Brilliant! Can't tell you how much this report pleases those of us locked down in some of the hard hit sections of America....20 min. of seeing a beautiful, peaceful, countryside with clear (& grammatically perfect!) prose & beautiful pictures. Kudos! But where are the dark, foggy moorlands filled with murdered corpses & psychologically tortured detectives? They must be there somewhere...I've seen a dozen films about them.:-)

    Kidding aside, it's been fascinating to see your country. I'm a frequent visitor to Europe & Denmark is definitely on the next visit. Your Ministry of Tourism should give you some sort of award. The photography is superb. The only sad photo was to see border walls in Europe again. I hope they come down soon & never need to be erected again. (except the one for the wild boars) Didn't an old Danish king build a mound-wall across Jutland, against the Saxons, back in the Middle Ages?.

    At any rate, thanks again for the report & especially the maps...I already made copies. AND... every photo is improved by Kathrine's smiling face!

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