Nov 292010

Welcome to Aarhus.

Sitting right on the coast of the Kattegat Sea, with restaurant-lined canals, a bustling Old Town, and a great social atmosphere, my fourth Danish city was…well…every bit as pleasant as the preceding three πŸ™‚

In fact even Peder, who’s been just about everywhere Denmark has to offer, was quick to convey his fondness for the country’s second largest city. The very first time he rode through (also on his way to Roskilde) he was all on his own. Yet he still managed to get invited to a private house party, where he remained until late the following morning. Now that’s what I call hospitality.

…but before exploring the city for myself, camp had to be made. And just like in Randers, Aarhus’ campground is another 8 or 9km out of town. It was an easy enough ride, mostly along the coast. And shockingly not into the wind πŸ˜›

When we arrived at the grounds its office was already closed, so we pitched our tent anyway, figuring we’d pay on our way out.

It was without a doubt the nicest campground of the trip – very well equipped, and far busier than the one in Aalborg. It had dozens (if not hundreds) of numbered spots filled with everything from cheap one-man tents to state-of-the-art RVs.

And although it may’ve been separated from the city by a dense little forest, the grounds themselves sat on a grassy plateau right by the water – complete with its own private beach.

The only problem: no pots and pans in the kitchen to make our fuel…er, pasta…for the final push to Roskilde!

Luckily, as we were strolling around looking for a suitable place to setup, a middle-aged Norwegian called out to say hello. We spent probably 30mins chatting with him and his wife – they was extremely friendly – so we eventually asked if we might borrow one of his pans for an hour. He said yes without hesitation, even offering some fresh bacon to go along with it (we politely declined).

So we cooked up our dinner, ate, and…passed out.

Although Peder was dying head back into town – no doubt hoping to recreate his great experience from the previous visit – we didn’t finish showering, cooking, and eating until nearly 1am. And with only one more night until the big festival I insisted that I stay back and recharge.

Plenty of good times were yet to come.

  4 Responses to “Tour de Denmark: Coastal Camping”

  1. That pic of you wolfing down Pasta reminds me of post club mos burger in Tokyo πŸ™‚

    I didn’t notice u at the end of the doc in that one pic at first….nice

  2. Yeah, the pier pic came out really well πŸ˜€ You must have a very talented photographer.

    That Norwegian couple were seriously friendly (and a bit tipsy, he he). I think they said that they came back to this camp every year, like may others there. And he also bragged that his wife used to be a professional inline skater and had skated from Oslo to Amsterdam once.

    To be honest I really wanted to gulp down the food quickly and go into town. But on the other hand we had used far too much time on the road already, so it was getting too late for that (even though 01:00 came to be after “deciding” that there ain’t gonna be no partying tonite, and hence we went about our business slowly and leisuredly πŸ˜› ). Day #4 was also going to be the longest leg of our trip and the last time I did it I was horribly hung over and tired, and the whole ride was a pain, he he.

  3. @Andy: Oh yeah, good memory! Aw…I miss MOS burger :'(

    @Peder: Haha yeah that dude was hilarious. His face was as red as an apple!

    Regarding going back to town, that certainly isn’t the order of events I recall (or had in my blog notes), but it don’t matter much…the important thing is we were sufficiently rested for our last day’s ride πŸ˜›

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