I am on a pilgrimage from Ladonia to Santiago de Compostela on a Kickbike. In the first ten days I was already in five countries*.
*in order of my border crossings: Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Ladonia, Sweden, Denmark, Christiania, Denmark, Germany.
With all due respect, Ladonia and Christiania are of course not internationally accredited countries but self-declared micronations – I still count them, as I particularly wanted to visit them and their nation status is an integral part of their self-definition. 😉
I started my journey at my parent’s house in Lichtenberg, Upper Franconia, Germany, took a train to Nürnberg and a Flixbus to Kopenhagen. (A warning here: you have to reserve an extra bike space on the bus, however, kickbikes cannot be attached there! Luckily, my kickbike is foldable, so it was taken into the luggage compartment.)
From Kopenhagen I went 20km north to visit Thor and Maia and then north towards my actual pilgrimage starting point: Ladonia. The detailed route is at the end of this post – for all the map enthusiasts, cartographers and route inspirationists.
On the ferry from Helsingør to Helsingborg I also met Antonella from Argentina, who is cycling from Italy somewhere north, at the moment to Sweden. She already had around 2500km done on her trip. And her bike including all luggage is 47 kilograms! Wow. My kickbike is around 30kg. So I can still lift mine up stairs. Antonella wears a wide leather hat and looks just fabulous with it.
I spent the night at the north-most tip of the Kullaberg peninsula at the resting place.
Next morning I went southeast again to Himmelstorp. I left the heavy (and not so expensive) luggage at a shelter and hiked down to Ladonia.
I would super NOT recommend to carry an adult-size kickbike to Ladonia! It’s not just that the path is full of stones and roots, it is also really steep down and up again! You would really really need to be motivated to do this, and even then it is slightly crazy. But, well, I want to apply as Ladonian Minister of Kickbiking, so I should do something for that job. 😉
And then went all the way up. For the 2km to the next cycleable way it probably took me an hour. 🙂
This is not a thing I would recommend to do, to make this again clear! You see these rocks around the kickbike? Well, this meter here was one of the little flat places that were suitable for a picture from that angle of the way up. The rest is covered in rocks like that in more unhandy steepness.
I did not want to stay a long time in Sweden, so I quickly went back to Helsingborg and took a ferry in the early evening, went along the northern coast line and chose a shelter near Hornbaek in a forest. There were also four students of the area there that took a picture of me. (One of the seldom pictures of me as I am not a big selfie-person myself.)
If you are around on Zealand you should definitely visit Tisvilde Hegn! It’s my number one recommendation!
This post only covers the route up to Hundested, day 7 and kilometer 250. Because in Hundested there was the incredible sand sculpture exhibition that requires the entire next post!
After Christiania I was absolutely delighted with shooting panoramas, so there should be more of them in one of the next posts as well.
And I realized that I do a lot of flower photography, so there will be a post just about Flowers in Denmark. 🙂
See you soon,