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After a good night’s rest we woke up and packed our things. We were adamant to leave the place the way we found it and therefore checked several times to ensure that we took everything with us. Due to our great progress the day before we only had 110km of cycling to go to our destination, Oldenburg. In this city we had booked an Airbnb.
During the first few kilometers I suffered some minor biker’s knee. Luckily, after my legs warmed up the pain vanished. However, cycling in Germany is not the way it is in The Netherlands. There are no proper cycling roads and usually we were cycling on the pavement or on the regular road.
Around 4pm we arrived at the Airbnb. We had a warm shower and just laid in bed for the remainder of the day. It was here that for the first time it seemed as if we might actually make it all the way to Bergen!
After a good night’s sleep in a warm room we left early in good spirits. The goal for today was to reach Itzehoe. This was about 155km of cycling. We knew that we had to cross two rivers, but we were not exactly sure where to cross. We reached the first river, Wezer, and it took us around 30 minutes to find the ferry.
After crossing the first river we soldiered on to the next one. This is the river Elbe and we reached it as darkness fell. This river crossing took approximately 35 minutes. Despite getting cold on this ferry we were excited, because we had almost reached our destination of the day. This gave us a real boost, because that meant we were getting really close to Denmark!
We reached Itzehoe around 6pm. We got some rest and some WiFi in a roadside McDonalds. It was still early so we decided to just keep going. This turned out to be a good decision, because we had tailwinds. This wind helped us to get all the way to Rendsburg before 10pm. This meant that we had cycled over 200km in one day!
We woke up after another night in the forest. The wind, that helped us swallow all these kilometers, had also swept in rain. The tarpaulin did not hold up properly and a lot of stuff got wet. Next to this we both woke up with terrible biker’s knee. We did look up on the internet if biker’s knee could cause any permanent damage. Fortunately, this is not the case. In ever good spirits we packed our bags and hit the road!
Our original goal for today was Aabenraa, but we changed it to Kolding due to our great progress the day before. Up until now we had good weather and mostly flat surfaces. However, this was about to change. After just a few hours it started to rain and it kept raining for most of the day. In Flensburg we were even hit by a full scale hailstorm. As this created a white surface and it was the 24th of December we decided this was a white Christmas. If you read this post you know this was the original goal of the endeavour.
Not long after we cycled across the border into Denmark:)
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