Cycling the Islands of Denmark - Part 3
We made it back to Svenborg. It's quite hard pushing a heavy bike with your left. hand. That's the view from our overnight tonight. Just looking at the cattle in the water meadows. Over towards the lake. The area around here is quite clay, the soil. There's a brick works just up the corner and the managing director of the brickworks back in the late 19th century built the house and I think we're in the orchard here there's apples we're just having a beer. Apples and pears. Just through here you can see, I'll give you a glimpse of the house,
I don't want to spoil their privacy but you can see its lovely isn't it? The tower. There's two trains here. We're off to a Odense and there's the other train heading on to Svenborg. We're having an ice cream in Odense. We went to Goodis - goody goody yum yum.
He has sun in his eyes on the way back. I didn't know you go in there. Hi there Peter. Peter the Potter just pottering around in his garden. Wow look at all these.
Peter collects pots. It's not Odense - the D is a soft. Othense. So this is our - should we put the lights on - oh it's warm in here isn't it's our kitchen sofa... ...telly. Morning. Coming into Faaborg. A flag. There's where rich people can stay not the rest of
us. After there we went there, to there, then we went up here, Stenstrup Then we took the railway line up to Odense down again. This morning we went down to Faarborg, around there. To Fynshav - we're going to go back to the campsite. So we made it back to our campsite. There's the van still safe. Hopefully it'll start and we got back at what time? 4.40pm. So I thought before I forget... what wouldn't I take next time? I took
three battery chargers of which I only needed one battery pack. I thought the children were going to require more. I took a tripod I didn't use that's quite handy for the GoPro.I took another tripod little handheld tripod I didn't use. I took too many cables because I was in a rush when we left - I just grabbed a load because I thought the kids will probably want them. We took lights but
we didn't use them but that's just to be on the safe side. I took a long pair of trousers that I didn't use. I've got a spare pair of underpants. I got a spare pair of socks. I got a spare shirt. I only broke the hoodie out today, which I could have got away . I don't think if I was traveling in summer I would take the lightweight sleeping bag. I took a quilt because my wife does get
a bit chilly. I would just make do with the the quilt because you can zip it up like a sleeping bag. What else wouldn't I take? I've got a pair of waterproof trousers that as last time I didn't wear. Other than that we've eaten our way through the food. We've got a few bits left as you always do just in case. We got the straps to keep the lid on there and that's all ready for if we have any breakages - just to strap it up. We broke a pole on our tent or rather I broke a pole on
the tent so that's 40quid of to repair. If anyone likes to send me some money that would be great or replacement pole. The kids bikes all held up. We didn't have any punctures which was lovely. They were all very good so thanks to Richard at Oxford Bike Works for our bikes and also to Shaun in the village for giving a service to the the kids bikes - just to make sure that the wheel bearings were good and everything. He took them all apart and put new chains on and made sure we
had new brakes and everything was super duper. I took a helmet, wore it a bit but generally didn't wear a helmet. Last time we were in Holland and got trolled by some people, mainly the Dutch, or certain elements of the Dutch, for why we wearing helmets and being very rude but in Denmark helmets seem to be I would have said probably 60:40 people wearing helmets. Obviously the more you're in the
town the more likely people are to wear helmets. Is Denmark flat? No. If you're just on a road bike great! If you're really lightweight touring - and we're not - we're comfort touring really - you're probably okay. With a trailer it was hard work. I mean, it's undulating countryside so it can get a bit hard. I think I walked up a couple of hills So what else wouldn't we take? One of the things we did take that I thought was good was the flat pack 5 litre water container so we had enough water overnight when we needed it. Oh the Dutch are leaving. It was them in the camper van . They've
just arrived back. They're off are they or they're going to get back the same as us. So we're just going to put the tents up now and then have a shower and reacquaint ourselves with civilization and then probably pop out for a pizza or some nice nosh. Well, that's our broken pole. Fortunately, I had a repair section and the ubiquitous gaffer tap which has held so far. If anyone from Wild
Country or Terranova is watching if you'd like to send us a replacement - I don't know 8mm section, or better still a whole new pole section for your marvellous tents. We've got the Hoolie 3 etc which has the little extra bit out the front for your gear. That's what Mr and Mrs Antagonist are in. The kids are just in the straightforward Hoolie 2 both of which we picked up second hand because we're not rich. So what have I got in my panniers? In this side I've got my sit mat that helps waterproof and protect. On the other side in the the gauze which I used for drying out I've got my the good old Crocs. In the back I've got my wash kit and towel and the other side
I've got... my waterproofs. In the side I've got my tool kit. Then we've got clothes one side and tech and then the other side I've got the sleeping system. And then in the trailer you can see I use Karrimat or sleeping mat. It not only protects things but stop things making a noise and bouncing around. I helps keep things waterproof. There you've got the kids sleeping
mats at the back. We try and pack over the wheels. And we got an Ortleib waterproof bag that has all our communal kit - cooking stoves and mess tins and bits and pieces. And then when you go to conferences and you walk around picking up these bags they're really handy for just prepping so I know the beige one has biscuits in, the white one has all our coffee bags hot chocolate, tea. The orange bag has.. what's in it? I think that's bread and bits and pieces and then the blue bag has porridge oats - that's the breakfast breakfast bag. There's our waterproof bag, our water bags, more water bags. We didn't really fill up the trailer. You could have put more in but of course it's obviously then heavy. Here is our cool bag. It's just a Sainsbury's
job for about 4 quid. We brought some salted butter with us which kept okay. We did bring a little tiny bottle of olive oil and a little tiny bottle of washing up liquid with with us as well. For breakfast we had Danish bacon and eggs. We brought our own mixed up porridge. As we were going out every day we managed to buy some milk. It didn't take us long to get the old site up and then I'm going to nip up to the Reception and settle up for the next couple of nights. I'm just going to let that cook down reduce
down. Now we're back in civilization just waiting for dinner to cook watching Simon a Bloke in the Woods on YouTube catching up with what he's been doing. They're all up at the kitchen cooking dinner. 'A little bit of spice that's just... Andy from Kent Survival ...season Moroccan.. it's got fenugreek and cloves
and onion and garlic and cumin' I'm wrapped up like this to try and stop the mosquitoes. Walk down to the fjord swimming area. It's absolutely millpond calm - look at - it's about 9:00pm I think. I'm just going to be tucking into to my pudding which is Sainsbury's rice pudding which is using up the last of the food that just happened to be in the van so that's my pudding for tonight. Lavatory we say in our family. What did you buy? What are they? Caramel wafers. Butter biscuits. You got a hot one? We got two hot, two fresh ones.
[Music} Interesting version of Frere Jaques. It gets a bit thin around here - I don't want to drop the camera. We've just been to the art gallery.
15 Euros! Well Sunday morning breakfast time in Kampen - stinky smell of cigarettes. Signs on the wall there. Underground, overground wombling free! Has anyone seen the canal?