Length 47 km (29 miles), terrain: light hills, gain 320 meters
Hey folks, it's #SummerFun time! This week, as a vacation from the normal blogging routine, each day we'll publish a short biking route in Denmark. Maybe it will inspire a few people to try something a bit different from their usual workouts!
From the If-you-can't-beat-'em,-join-'em department: to beat the summer heat and to head into a bit of adventure, I threw my running shoes into the corner last week and got on my bike for a week of riding through Denmark. Denmark is perfect for biking: with an amazing network of bike trails, quaint countryside and towns, light hills, cool weather, and great food and beer.
|The bike, all set for the road|
After cleaning, oiling and setting up my bike, filling the new panniers with some clothes, tools and overnight stuff, I was ready to go! My smartest investment was buying some padded biking shorts. And a bike-tour app really helped: Naviki. If you pay for the upgrade to calculate "leisure" routes, then it will find all the scenic routes off the main roads.
|The harbor in Flensburg|
|The crossing into Denmark|
As soon as I hit the main road, Fjordvejen, I was on National Cycle Route 8, heading east. The road hugs close to the north shore of the Flensburg Fjord and its sparkling Baltic water.
|Danish bike route sign|
|Kayakers along the Flensburg fjord|
|First break in Egernsund, and first Danish junk food|
The view is nicer here at the water, and there is no road noise. A few sections of the Gendarmstien trail have no-biking signs, but then I just pushed the bike when walkers approached.
|Along the Gendarmstien trail|
|The church in Broager|
|Sand cliffs at Broager Srand|
Now you just ride downhill to cross the bridge over to Sønderborg on the island of Als.
|The castle, with a wood-sculpture event|
|Sønderborg: old houses|
|That hits the spot!|