An extra resting day

The day started with me and Gunar going to the bakery to get some breakfast bread. We ate a sweet german breakfast with nutella, marmalade, cheese and other things on the bread, and it tastes so good.

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I then went to the train station. When buying tickets the cashier did not speak english,, but a nice girl helped us out. She was also going to Hamburg, so I joined her for the trip, and at Hamburg she pointed me at the right direction. I was aiming for the lake to get some green places and parks to relax in, and also get some walking. I started walking around the lake counter-clockwise and even though not much happened, I did take some pictures and just went around, feeling relax. I also stopped sometimes to continue read my book or to write for the blog.

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I did some car spotting, and saw those two, the beetle and the bus. For you who doesn’t know, I owned a ’69 beetle earlier, and I really like those cars!

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At one of my reading places, some swans were approaching. I guess people usually feed them as they did not seem scared.

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In one of the parks, I smelled some really nice flowers. Even though I can’t describe the smell, I can at least show you the beauty of them!

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After walking around the lake, which apparently is around 7.5 kilometres around, I found a place to eat and read it. Today, I went for Dรถner (kebab).

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Back at the central station I saw three back packs that I recognised: a Lundhags, a Haglรถfsf an Everest. I asked the three girls, and yes, they were swedish. They were going by interrail card, and had started this monday, as two of them just took their exam in gymnasium (or high school, for the americans). It was nice to chat some swedish too!

I then went back to Quickborn.
My aloe vera-plant that I brought, has followed me 1217 kilometres. Sadly, all the shaking, jumping and other not-so-caring things have ensured it did not do well. I decided it was time to let go, and it is now buried outside of Gunars apartment. May it rest in peace, and maybe start to grow one day!

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The clock was now close to eight, and Gunar was at home, so we ate dinner and talked some more. We talked about Gunar maybe joining for two weeks in the end of august, we will see were I am and what mood we are in by then!

As usual by now, I continued reading my book until the end. At 0100 in the morning, I was finished with the third book in the hunger games trilogy. It felt really sad, and I almost hate the last book because of something in the story, but It really is a hate/love relationship. I would recommend everyone to read them!

Tested pushing myself a bit

I woke up at 0645, and started with heating water to make breakfast as he usually ate at work. He went to work at 0700 but I got to stay at the apartment. I ate and packed and closed the door at 0920.
I felt energetic this morning, so instead of aiming at 20 km/h, I started being at above 25 km/h. It felt good and I continued like this.
At Rotenburg, apparently you can’t go in the tunnel by bike. I asked for a bridge, but apparently they use a ferry. I went there, and it was like a plateau hanging in steel wires beneath the railway bridge, going forth and back every 10 minutes or so. It was also free, so I guess that’s their solution instead of a bridge.

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I continued biking until I felt like eating lunch at 1200. When I had finished my lunch, a garbage truck went by in time for me to throw away my trash. Perfect timing!
When the garbage truck were going back, they stopped, and held out a water bottle through the window. That was actually really nice, it was cold water, and also that meant I had enough water not having to stop before reaching Quickborn!

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I then continues to Quickborn and at 1658 I was at his apartment. There I reviewed my stats for the day, which is my new personal record with touring luggage:
108.14 kilometres
4 hours, 15 minutes and 12 seconds of biking time
25.4 km/h average speed
39.5 km/h max speed
I really felt it in my muscles, and do not think I could do this many days in a row now in the beginning, but it was nice to test!
I contacted him and he was playing beach volleyball at the school were he teaches. I went there and got a key for his flat. At the flat I started with washing my hands and feet and then made some dinner as I was starving after today’s tour. I then showered and started reading the third book in the hunger games trilogy. He came home at 2000, and we had a nice talk. He is a sports teacher at the sports gymnasium, and he has tested many sports, both sailing, kite surfing, bike touring, mountain bike, skiing, and also been around the world a lot. It was nice to exchange experiences, and he also told me about Hamburg if I would like to go there. I was thinking of taking an extra resting day after this little pushing, as I did not know how my muscles would feel the next day.
I then went to bed and read until around 0100, so now I only have two thirds of the last book left!

Resting day in Schlesswig

I contacted the second person to accept my request the 15th, and he told me it was okay to surf at his place in the evening and that he should be at home at 1900.
I then spent the day down in the centrum. First I bought another bottle holder to put on the side of the bike as my pressure-driven bike horn canister will go there.
Then I went to a small chopping galleria and just looked around, doing nothing. I also found wifi and called some friends.
When I was getting hungry I went to a pizzeria and bought pizza. It was delicious and, compared to Sweden, cheap (50 SEK, 5,5 EUR).

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While waiting for the pizza I started reading the second book in the hunger games trilogy and continued reading for some hours. Then I went back to the shopping galleria for some more calls, and read some more. When the clock was 1900 I started going to Felix, my hosts, place.
When I came there I recognised which door it was pretty easy as he had hung a Swedish flag there. Apparently his parents, as I understood it, lived in Sweden so he had gotten a Swedish flag to use every time a Swedish person would come by.

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There he, his sister, niece and nephew were looking at the soccer game Germany vs Portugal, and I joined in. I also got to eat a pizza they had not eaten so even dinner were done! After the soccer game the sister with kids went home after we had talked a little bit about my trip and they wished me good luck. Then I spent the evening talking with Felix, and also we reset his router that had stopped working, until he had to sleep as he had work tomorrow. I then continued reading until I was done with the book, as I am not good at taking a pause with books. At 0230 I was done, and now it is sleep time. Good night!

Schleswig!

I started yesterday with more pancakes at Lings place, and she also made me some juice of carrots and stuff! I even felt like a healthy person. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Then it was time to go again. I said good bye to Ling after I had packed all my gear and started biking around noon this day. It was another really good experience with couch surfing!

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Today’s aim was at Schleswig, and I would finally cross the border to Germany! After crossing the border, the first thing I did was to buy liquorice, as it is really cheap at those border shops. That made me a happy person!

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As I ate a really late breakfast, I ate mostly nuts, dry fruit and energy bars during the day.
I also saw 7 or more touring bikers today!
I came to Schleswig at 1940, and after finding a wifi, I saw that none of my requests had answered. Therefore, I started to send out more requests, and then waited. At 2010, a person answered, and he was living only 900 meters from where I was. It was perfect!
I went there, and even got dinner. It is fun to test different sort of foods, and today it was vegan!

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We were chatting for another hour, before I started to feel really sleepy. I think this was the first time I actually slept on a couch through couch surfing, other times it has always been the floor or a bed, so now I have actually surfed a couch!
I slept for about nine hours before we were going up. He made a nice breakfast, and after getting everything ready, we talked for another hour. I gotta say he had a really nice view over Schleswig and the lake from his apartment!
Then it was time for him to leave and I am now out in the city at the wifi-spot I found yesterday. Today is a resting day, so I will read, fix some things for my bike and just relax, and we’ll see where I end up for tonight!

Time to go!

Today, I continued my journey. I got up half past eight and started to
pack. At nine I went in for breakfast with the others, and after that I
went out to pack the last things. At eleven I had packed it all,
brushed my teeth and so on, and said goodbye to most of the people.
To the ones I did not meet when I was saying goodbye: I had a really
good time, and hope to meet you again. I really loved to stay those
days with you guys! ๐Ÿ˜€
Then, I was on the road again. I made pasta with garlic butter and pear
to lunch, which actually tasted delicious. Thanks Kim through Lizzie
for the inspiration!

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I also later on passed the limit of 1000 kilometres according to my
bicycle computer. That means I am on my time schedule, which is really
nice, and actually has gone around 5% of the way! (Even though I think
it will be more in the end.)

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Earlier today, I also set a new high-speed recorc for rolling speed (no pedaling) at 63.6 km/h. It felt fast!
At six a clock I came to my couch surfer host for the night. She is
really friendly, outgoing and have a sense of humour, good or bad
depending on how you see it!
She let me make pancakes for us, which is awesome, as I have not eaten
pancakes since I left Lizzies place. She also asked me if I wanted some
cider, and so, I drank some Swedish-made German-buyed cider at my
Malaysian friends place in Denmark. ๐Ÿ˜€

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Now we are just having a good time with many bad jokes! It is nice to
meet nice new people! ๐Ÿ˜€

Second day at the community

I slept around nine hours, and woke up a quarter past nine. It was raining, so I went out to cover my bicycle saddle. Luckily I had left the bicycle beneath a tree the night before so there were no much rain on the leather.
I joined the others for breakfast, but ate my own, to hold down the expenses.
Before lunch I was planning some routes, counting kilometres until Paris (as I will have to fly home to my brothers wedding, and I think I will be in Paris by then) and also planned for the next couch surfing places and such.
Then, I went back to my hut, but heard that they were training on their music. There are four of the guys who are having a band, playing Stomp music (you use things not intended as instruments as instruments).

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Then, they invited me in to see the number they were going to perform on stage, and it was really awesome! If you want to listen, they have a facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/heartbeatgroup) and also a website (http://www.heartbeatgroup.dk/)! Check them out!
At lunch, I made another portion of the mozzarella-pepperoni-peanuts-pasta mix and again ate with the people at the community. Afterwards I helped with the dishes, and then went to my hut to read the first book in the Hunger Games trilogy. I read until dinner, with a little pause for a blog post, and then ate dinner with them. After the dinner there were ice cream, and I ate home made caramel and liquorice ice cream! It was really nice!
Then I did some more dishes, as it felt like a really easy task to help with.
I then continued to read, even though I joined the others and half looked at the football game. I spent the rest of the evening reading and went to bed at 0200, after I had read the whole book. It was a really nice day!

My sleeping gear!

I have said earlier that I would do posts about my gear, and I will start about a post about my sleeping gear!
The first thing on the list is my tent! I have read about many bike touring people that have chosen light weight tents, and also recommended other people to do that. Myself, I felt that I would live in it for about a year, and did not know what adventures I would embark on. Therefore, I wanted a really robust tent, that I could also use for other adventures before and after the bike trip, that would not need to be pegged down (so that I could pitch it at a parking lot if needed) and also had space enough to feel like a small home for me. My choice fell on Hilleberg Allak, as I have always had great experience with all the Hilleberg tents, and I really like the easy solutions.

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It has two openings, one on each side. It also has small went openings in the roof on the outer tent beneath the overlaying cloth, and on good nights, you are able to open it up, take away the cloth and see the stars.
The inside is, as you see, able to really open up. When there are not many animals and you would like to have an open place, you can get it really open. Also, the mosquito nets inside are really big.

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From top left> The black pillow is actually a MSR Dromedary Bag, made to hold 10 liters of water. It is really durable, and I read about the tips of using it as a pillow, and it really works!
Then, we have the mattress. I have used Exped SynMat M UL earlier, an inflatable mattress, and it is too short, and also not really super durable as it is a UL mattress, but really light. Instead, I choose an Exped SynMat LW, so it is bigger (longer than me is a big plus) and also more durable. Sure, it is a tad heavy, but as long as it is on the bicycle, I don’t mind. The dimensions is 197x65x7 centimetres.
The yellow packsack is a Exped Schnozzle Pump Bag. It is a lightweight packsack that you can connect to the mattress, fill the sack with air, and push it into the mattress. It saves time and energy, and it really is wonderful!
My sleeping bag is a Marmot Plasma 15. It is rated down to -9 degrees celsius according to the EN standard, and as long as it is warm, I use it as a blanket. As it weights 900 grams, I do not see the point to buy a new summer sack that weights 300 grams less, and I will also sooner or later come to colder climates.
The red sheet is a silk sheet, formed as a sleeping bag, and made to be used as it is, or inside of the sleeping bag. It gives some extra warmth, and is also great at the warm evenings or mornings when the full sleeping bag is not needed.
My sleeping pad inside of the tent for showing the space:

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First day at the community

Today the day started early for once. I woke up at 0600 and went up at 0615. The family I stayed at were as nice as the day before. I had gotten a little dessert after dinner and also made a lunch package containing some sandwiches with ham and cheese!
As they went to work, I went to one of the couch surfing hosts that had answered at the night before when I had already gotten a place to stay at. I decided to go there and live there for at least one night as I felt my body needed a little rest. It was nine kilometers away, so it went pretty fast. Once in Holmstrup I asked for the way and got directions. I was a little confused and wanted to ask a young man trimming the hedge for directions. I asked for the community and he said it was there. I asked for my contact person, and it was him. Lucky as usual!
I got a tour around the building, and the place were much huger than I had imagined. After the tour, it was close to breakfast, and as I had already eaten I joined them for company which was really nice. After that ย I started with giving my plant some more soil. Even if I think it is already lost, I want to try to revive it as long as possible!

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Then I unpacked some things and gathered my laundry as I had the option to wash here. After that I helped out with making the dinner ready, which was some kind of salad, and I think it went really nice!

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This is the little hut I am living in right now:

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It is more than big enough for one person, even though the toilet and shower are in another building. There are many buildings here: Buildings to live in, but also a building for dancing/partying, a building with all the kitchen and food storage and also a gardening building.

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After lunch time, I went into the city as I had something I wanted to buy for my Trangia (a Multidisc). There, I also had frozen yoghurt at some place, where you pick everything by yourself – there is a dozen of options for flavors, and even more for toppings – the regular toppings, but also candy, strawberrys, white chocolate and licorice!
Then I went out to a basar (a market) as I got tipsed about from the guy I made dinner with at the community. There, I bought some bread, and also found a pair of shorts on second hand, as I did not have any ordinary shorts with me. They are really lightweight and packable, and only cost 30 DKK. Cheap enough for me!

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Back at the community, I was going to make my own food, but one of them told me I had worked enough for a dinner, which was really nice. It was delicious!

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They also had their homemade honey to have on the sandwiches.
After dinner, around 2130, we went by car to a nearby lake and took a walk. Then we bought some ice cream, went home, I showered and talked with friends over the phone and now this long day is coming to an end.
I have one more day, and one more night after this, and then I am going to continue my bike trip!
Good night!

Unexpected stay for the night

The day started nice. Slept until 0800, before I went in to pay for the night. I also borrowed the kitchen to boil some water for the breakfast.
I took it easy, talked with Jakob over Skype and fixed some things on the internet while still having wifi.
I also fixed my brakes as they started to be a little bit too loose, but now they are as new!
Then I set off, 20 kilometres, to the petrol station closest to the bridge. On the way I bought some food as my field meals are coming to an end. At the petrol station I made my lunch out of pasta, mozzarella, pepperoni and peanuts. It was delicious! Also, while counting according to the packages, it stopped at around 1200 kcal, and I am still full four hours later.

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This was my first meal made on this Trangia, and it was really easy and really good!
Then I tried to get a lift over the bridge. After fifteen minutes I started to get tired of it and looked up the station, which was one kilometre away, so I decided to at least look up the prices. As it was only around 31 SEK for a ticket with bicycle I went with it. The train was late, so all in all I got to stay more than an hour at the station.

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After I went off the train in Nyborg, I started biking against Odense. I checked for wifi sometimes and looked at my couch requests, but as I had done them the same day, I got no answers. I also tried to call two different camping places, but as the clock were pretty much (around 1900 or later I think) no one answered. While biking around in Odense, waiting for an answer, I started to ask around for some backyard to just pitch my tent on. I lady told me she could show me to the camping, but on the way, told me I could stay at there place. I though that it meant pitch my tent on their backyard, but I were much more lucky than so! I have showered, been eating (scrambled eggs, a banana, sandwiches with ham and cheese, tomatoes) and also done a lunch pack for tomorrow. Sometimes you really got to be lucky! ๐Ÿ˜€

20140611-215926-79166815.jpgIt will be a pretty early day tomorrow, around 0615 I think, but it is worth it! Also it is good to maybe finally get an early start. ๐Ÿ˜‰
Good night world!

Food tips for Trangia, please!

My field meals are almost out now, so I will have to start cooking real food soon (boohoo ๐Ÿ˜).
My kitchen is now a Trangia 27-3 with methanol burner, and I want tips in the comments! Links to recipes, or recipes directly in the comments. The easier and cheaper, the better! ๐Ÿ˜œ
Go!