The tent has been flapping most of the night, but now the wind is gone and it’s all quiet.
My Norwegian neighbors had a bottle of Jägermeister yesterday so it’s very quiet over in their Helsport tents this morning.
It’s still very cold so I have some breakfast and wait for the tent to dry.
Once I get started I almost immediately have to stop when I see an open bakery. Nice start, Sunday and all.
When I cross the bridge over the fjord the otherwise very nice track gets very messy, I am not sure if it’s to avoid the E45 and the tunnel under the fjord or what is going on. One part is a track almost to narrow for the Bullitt, grass and branches scratch the alu-box. Also it’s muddy. With a quick look at the map it looks like this would have been avoided by continuing the road across the bridge.
I keep an eye on the Hærvejen track and I see that it avoids some beautiful bike roads so I dump Hærvejen and stick with the sealed roads. There are many, many road race cyclist out and about today and the roads are perfect for them.
So a quick look at the GPS tells me that the coast is just 12 km east, so I decide to leave Hærvejen for good and go along EuroVelo 12 North Sea Cycle route (a.k.a. DK 5 østkystrouten). And just as yesterday I am instantly rewarded when going off-Hærvejen, there are shops, cafes, sunshine, smooth roads. Maybe it’s a bit unfair towards Hærvejen because it’s a fantastic bike route, but sometimes it seems it really goes through the smallest and quietest places available in Denmark.
So I shop for lunch and bike down to the harbor and have lunch by the sea. I booked the ferry yesterday (there was only one on Monday) and also a hotel in Göteborg. There is some event going on in town so I could only get one night in the hotel. So with all of that taken care of and only 35 km as the crow flies to the harbor I feel very relaxed.
I bike along the coast trying to find a beach access somewhere, but there is always 500-1000 meter of private property between the road and the sandy beaches. I find one road down to the beach but it’s so sandy that I have to stop the Bullitt 50 meters or so away and I don’t want to leave it there and go swimming.
Slowly I bike north and find Sæby, there is a square, there are restaurants on the square, so I just park the Bullitt next to one and sit down and have dinner.
After dinner it’s a short bike to the nearest camping, it’s 3-star and costs 120 DKK with 5 minutes of shower and Internet, later I go to the laundromat Møntvask and take care of my laundry. The dryers just eat my coins without delivering any real heath.
It’s a very quiet and spacious camping, when I go to bed I can hear the sea and fall asleep quickly.