A 140mi day, 14 hours of riding, midnight ferry trip, two hours of sleep, and an arrival time just before 4am into Frederikshavn, Denmark. I had made it, were the thoughts going through my head as the ferry doors opened up and the chilly morning breeze came across my face. Yea, it was still going to be dark for some hours and I needed sleep. One of my good friends Lasse is from Denmark and has helped me out a ton with accommodation here. His parents, Lars and Vera, live pretty close to the ferry but being so early in the morning it was best I just find a spot for a few hours. Riding down the road, a gem of some nice mowed grass appeared and this was the place. 3 hours of sleep here I come.
It was a nice peaceful sleep with the wind blowing. As the morning light began to shine on my face, I woke up and it was time to finish the journey to the farm. I contacted Vera and was all set to arrive. Within an hour, my sore legs were carrying me down the dirt road to the beautiful farm house that was flying the Arizona flag that day!
Vera and Lars were so great to me and we spent the whole weekend hanging out as well as quite a bit of sightseeing, not to mention some very tasty food! After getting situated, Lars fired up two quads and off we went to visit a couple of the neighbors. One was a mink farmer and the other was a blacksmith. Both were very nice and I was able to learn about each of their trades and work over a beer. I always love meeting new people and learning about their life and job.
During my week back home, I was able to meet up with Lasse and Jessica over dinner with Maesyn and one of the things they said I just had to do was get ice cream. Not just any ice cream though, ice cream from specifically the Blue House and not the Yellow House. Well this was the next on the agenda and Vera, Lars, and I headed to THE SPOT. Expecting to only get a couple scoops, Vera ordered me FIVE!! Heck I couldn’t complain because ice cream is practically my favorite! It was some tasty goodness and we enjoyed it on top of the hill overlooking the beach and ocean. That night, it was time for some freshly caught and fried dinner flounder.
Sunday came and I was able to catch up on a little sleep. It ended up being quite rainy and cloudy, but with a break in the weather for a few hours, it was time to visit Bangsbo Fort. Such a cool opportunity and a major part of history as it was built by the Germans during WWII. Throughout my travels I have started to enjoy history more, something that never peaked my interests much during school. Bunkers were scattered through the hillside and were open to walk around and explore.
After the visit to the bunkers, Vera and Lars showed me around Frederikshavn and some of the small towns surrounding the area. Vera has a lot of history in the area so it was a blast learning about the town, how it has changed, and also seeing a house where some of her family lived that used to be beach front property (now backs up to the railroad). I was having such a great time!
It was awesome being able to stay with Lasse’s parents. During my stay, I was able to learn about Lars’ paintings and also see several pictures of Lasse and his family. The farm house was beautiful and my favorite part by far was the huge glass window overlooking the property outside. As Lars liked to say, it was his big screen tv and I agreed that it was one of the best I’ve come across! So many hours were spent here talking and enjoying the wonderful view. Quite mesmerizing to say the least. It was a great time spent at the farm and I couldn’t be more happy meeting Lars and Vera. Such a fantastic start and weekend to my time in Denmark. Thanks you guys for showing me around, making some amazing food, and being so open and welcoming!!!
Chuck Christensen said:
If you should be on the west coast of
Jutland…you might bike through a little town called Egskov (North of Fredericia) My Grandfather Niels Christensen was born there (1863) and baptized in the Lutheran Church there. We (wife Winnie) were there in 1993. Delightful Danish countryside.
Have a safe trip. Chuck Christensen…good friend of your grandfather Jack and your Dad
Riley Barclay said:
Looks like there is a possibility of me going through that area on my travels. If I am near there I will definitely have to check it out as well as the Lutheran Church. Thank you for the heads up. It is things like this that help make my trip so special!!
Jerry L. Burrell said:
Brah, you are a beast!!!
I don’t catch all your posts but I do read one every now and then.
My favorite is the one about you and a friend participating in the chasing of the bulls and I really enjoyed a few others detailing how you are living close to the edge! I am inspired by this journey of yours and reading this one prompted me to let you know how much I admire your spirit of adventure. I sat down this morning to do what I have been doing many mornings over the last few weeks – bookkeeping and accounting. I needed a break so I watched a Malcolm Gladwell video and read this post of yours. His message was about the importance of stubbornness when solving modern day problems and the value of quantity (lots of smart people) when tackling those challenges (10000 hours to mastery and all) while yours was about the same thing in a way. You are becoming a master adventurer and have so many people helping along the way. I am so excited for you and all the amazing experiences you will have in your arsenal as you continue your trek beyond this travel blog with bike rides and meadow naps. Thanks for sharing this and reminding me of the importance of including adventure daily in our lives. Guess I will finish reconciling this account while in a handstand or while eating ice cream.
Riley Barclay said:
Thanks Jerry! This means a lot to me and I am glad you were able to get something out of it! The travels have been great and it has really cool learning new things and pushing new limits. Hope things are going good for you.