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25 Aug 2014

Summer Holiday 2014 (Days 02/03)

Today didn't start all that well. The DFDS Seeways ferry: squeaked; rattled and rolled all night long, which didn't make for the best crossing possible. We also discovered that while I don't get sea sick but my better half does...

We also got our first exposure to Danish TV, which seemed to consisit of lots of very old British TV with subitiles.

Once we were on solid ground we negotiated the Danish road system to get onto the bike infrastructure, to cycle to Ribe our destination for the day. It took a bit getting use to being on the wrong side of the road, but the Danish drivers were both very forgiving and rare so it was a pretty safe exercise until we were onto the cycle route. We cycled the hour and a half to Ribe along the sheltered side of the sea dyke which protects the country side from the North Sea, so we were out of the wind and had a very easy cycle.

Once in the city we had a brief explore before we checked into the Danhostel and could have a shower and change into normal clothing. After dinner we went back into the city to follow the City's Night Watchman tour. The very nice chap gave a fascinating tour of the city and explained how it had developed over the centuries and best of all spoke very good English!

Picture of the day: The Night Watch

We had a good night's sleep in Ribe and a very hearty Danish breakfast to start the day and set off on our bike ride. The Danhostel was very nice, it was clean, with a good place to lock the biked and had a very nice breakfast on offer which was very good value.

Today's picture of the day is of Rise Kirke where we got slightly lost, but we did get a nice picture in compensation.

Today was a little challenging, about an hour before our arrival at our destination my better half acquired a puncture, then it then started to rain while we repaired the puncture, then I acquired a puncture about 30 minutes later, at which time the rain turned very nasty and into hail... When both were fixed we were able to arrive at our destination B&B where hot tea and cakes were laid on for us (we looked liked drowned rats...)

We had puncture repair kits, spare inner tubes, waterproof covers for our panniers and decent modern cycling kit so we actually were fine. Our hosts were extremely gracious and provided very good company, food and accommodation, so the day ended as well as it had started.