This was how we packed the bikes: Jonas with our bag of clothes and eletronics on his front carrier and tent + sleeping mat on the rack. Me with a bag of bicycle repair gear + food + water + chain lock (heavy!) in my basket and our double sleeping back on the rack.
A CRAZY FIRST DAY
So, the night before our trip I was finishing up some work for a client. I had been too caught up in the trip all day to focus on my work. And I needed to finish it.
So I did and as a result I went to bed at 4 am. Not so great when you need to ride more than 100 km (63 miles) the next morning. Morning came and I couldn’t wake up. Fast forward to 11 am: We drank coffee. Lots of it. And started packing. Slooowly.
We weren’t ready to leave until 2 pm. Ouch. Way too late! But we left with a great belief that we could do this!
After 30 km (18 miles) we stopped to eat a little. When we continued Jonas’s back tire hit something. BANG! Flat tire. Great. Luckily, it happened just by a bike shop. They discovered that Jonas had hit this bad boy
It was stuck in the tire and had ruined it completely. So they gave him a new one. They fixed up both our bikes with tire liners to prevent them from puncturing again. However, no bike would have survived that crazy nail!
We had a great ride from then on. Until we hit the bridge between Zealand and Falster (Storstrømsbroen). It started raining. A lot. The darkness had just kicked in and we only had a rain cover for our bag with clothes and eletronics. Everything else, including us, was soaking wet. Not cool.
When we reached our destination, Nørre Alslev, it was late and we were wet and cold. We met up with a very sweet woman, Betina, who let us sleep in her caravan. Thank you so much, Betina! Setting up our (wet) tent in the middle of the night in complete darkness would have been the worst. Se gave us some hot tea and we were ready to sleep. What a day…
Now, let’s have a look on the stats. Above you see the combined data from the ride. We tracked it using the app Endomondo – it works pretty well! We had to switch phones since mine used up all its battery.
- Distance ridden: 105,5 km (66 miles)
- Flat tires: 1
- Amount of insects swallowed while going too fast downhill: 3
- Amount of calories burned (each): 3497
Even though the first day was pretty crazy we’re still super positive about this trip. We really believe we can reach Rome on our lovely bikes! Yay. Today we’re off to Gedser where we’ll catch the ferry to Rostock in Germany. Stay tuned!