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Day 82

Lemvig

sunny 20 °C

Dragged ourselves out of bed this morning, lovely weather again though, so we all had breakfast in the garden and played fetch with Max to avoid cerebral activity!

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We said goodbye to Fleur as she went off to work at school and Jacob took us 60 miles or so up to the Northern tip of Denmark where the North sea meets the Baltic sea. It's around a km walk along the sand to the very tip which was okay, but on the way back we nearly got heat exhaustion with the midday sun in our faces and fully geared up!

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After 10 minutes in the shade partially stripped we set off for a place to have lunch and top up on water before riding South.

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An hour later we said thanks and farewell to Jacob and wound our way around to the beautiful West coast, water on both sides often and really vibrant green fields and blue skies.

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At another short ferry crossing another helpful Dane let us know we had missed the last ferry by 30 minutes, so we turned around and took the long route. At a place called Lemvig at around 8pm we decided to call it a day as we were both exhausted, so we found a hotel and a pub for some food before hitting the sack.

259 miles today!

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Day 81

Gandrup

sunny 18 °C

Beautiful weather again today as we packed up in Copenhagen. Our street was reminiscent of London with its faux Georgian terraces and was quite lively with fruit stalls and activity.

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A few miles down the road we came across another impressive bridge crossing similar to the Malmo one with a 6 mile high suspension bridge and 4 miles of a lower arched bridge which took us onto the Jutland peninsula which makes up the bulk of Denmark.

After a few miles heading North on the motorway we turned off and took some nice small coastal roads. The countryside was very green and lush and there is an awful lot of farming and fields which might explain why everywhere smells of cowpats! We think it's muck spreading season!

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Up the coast nearing Aalborg we boarded a ferry for the quick hop to the other side of a long inlet and got some petrol on the other side. There we met up with Jacob, another Fazer rider who I got in contact with on an online forum (not that sort of forum!). He had kindly offered a place for us to stay for the night, so we took him up on the offer. His Fazer looked factory-fresh next to Frazza! The three of us rode the last 10 miles or so to his place together and when we got there met his wife Fleur and Max their little 6month old Terrier.

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We said the other day that we were impressed with the frendliness of the Danes, but Jacob and Fleur set a new standard. We spent the evening chatting about the bikes, the trip, how they met etc and they plied us with beers, cooked for us on the barbeque and then got out the wine, champagne and whiskey! We went to bed eventually!

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275 miles today.

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Day 80

Copenhagen

sunny 15 °C

Beautiful weather for riding again today. 15 degrees and sunny, so we were in high spirits as we packed up to leave Göteburg. We'll definitely be back some time as well as we liked it a lot.

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The main road made its way down the coast and we got some great views over the sea. We stopped for a quick look in a national park on the coast and walked up a sand dune (leaving our bikes in the car park this time!) to get an even better perspective and figured it was a good time for lunch at the nearby cafe.

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Not long after that (and after passing through a small shower) we arrived at the border between Sweden and Denmark, separated by the Øresund Straight. There's now a bridge linking Malmo to Copenhagen and it's very impressive. We rode along it as a ferry passed underneath us and 6 miles after it started we plunged underground for 4 miles in a tunnel.

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We popped up on the outskirts of the city and headed in. The traffic was slightly heavier here, but like most countries we've been in recently the towns and cities are much less car-centric than British ones and there were big, segregated joined-up cycle routes which were being used well.

We found a hotel in the centre of town easily and headed to the Tivoli theme park just around the corner. A big, colourful and well kept park right in the middle of the city that has been around for over 100 years. We had a lot of fun on the rollercoasters and got a great view from the top of a massively high spinning swing ride. We've found the Danes to be very friendly as well.

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Local tucker tonight (wagamamas!) and back for bed.

205 miles today.

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Day 79

Göteburg

A day off today seemed a little excessive after 2 weeks off the bikes, however we just about think we deserve it and now most of the miles are behind us we thought we could enjoy some of Europe at a slower pace!

After breakfast we drifted through some of the bustling city streets and found our way to the Konstmuseet (basically the city art museum) and enjoyed some of the exhibitions there.

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The museum was good, but we found the human art around the streets of Göteburg even better and enjoyed a lovely lunch in a cafe close by to the museum. We then tried to find an internet cafe somewhere to upload some photos on to the blog, which proved pretty much impossible as nowhere had computers which allowed USB connections! Another day for that then.

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It was dinner time by now, so we ventured out towards a restaurant recommended in the Lonely Planet guide. As we were looking for it we happened across Cheers Bar which was showing the Arsenal Vs Liverpool game and decided we would have a drink and watch 10 minutes of that. We got talking to a Swedish guy who was so in love with Liverpool it was quite scary, he even had an agreement with his boss where if they ever lost he would not work the next day! Committed. (he should be!)

After the drink we walked across the road to a Spanish Tapas restaurant and luckily managed to catch the end of the game there whilst enjoying some delicious food.

Back on the road again tomorrow.

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Day 78

Göteburg

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We were aiming to leave nice and early this morning as it was a bit of a trek down to Gotëburg, but true to form we arose around 09:30 and after a lovely breakfast out in the sun on Jamie and Paulina's terrace plus loading up the bikes with all the kit (we were a bit out of practice) it was about 12:30pm by the time we were set to go! On top of this Roger decided to throw a bit of a wobbly and wouldn't start! After realising it was just a flooded engine all it took was a fast run down a rather fortuitously placed hill for him to splutter into action!

So we ended up setting off at 13:00 hours, heading out of the lovely Stockholm on the E20 which would take us all the way. It was superb to be back in the saddle after virtually 2 weeks under other people's steam and with the glorious sunny weather this made the whole experience even better. After 100 miles we stopped for a bite to eat and petrol at a very nice service stop, the food was high quality and impressed Mr Leaver no end! (they had fresh cut-your-own bread and vinegar for a start!)

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Then it was back on the road to get the remaining 200 miles done. The scenery was pleasant and was mainly tall trees lining the road and we actually passed in between two large lakes but unfortunately we were not close enough to take in these views. There was a lot of wildlife around and at one point an Eagle soared over the top of us carrying a snake it had picked up for afternoon tea!

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One more petrol and tea stop on the way at an initially quiet petrol station that suddenly got overwhelmed with old dears when a coach turned up and we were in Göteburg/Gothenburg. We chose a nice good-value hotel in the centre of town overlooking a canal and off we went for food and drinks.

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We also went to a club-bar afterwards with a really good DJ and loads of beautiful women we didn't talk to. A bloke nearly tripped over and fell on Ed at one point and he said "I'm sorry! I almost, er, trembled all over you!". I don't know what he meant, but that sounds disgusting!

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