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Two different worlds

skapad 2011-08-19 i 'Green Adventures Blog'

 

I grew up in the outskirts of Helsingborg, just a few kilometres from Helsingör on the Danish side of the Öresund strait. So I kind of know the east side of Själland pretty good, but the west coast of Jylland remains a mystery to us, even after 13 days of paddling in this area. All along the sandy beach, there is this wall of sand dunes that divides us from them. The landlubbers from the seafarers. You hardly ever see any houses, villages or towns. We are living in two separate worlds and we don't have a clue about what's going on on the other side of the great sandy wall. The "others" might be hiding behind the sand dunes, watching us, but we can't tell if that's the case. In a kayak, on the sea, you lose all kind of perspective. It's a strange feeling, not having experienced an awful lot of the Danish culture, its people or its villages on our way so far. We have briefly stopped at small places like Nordby on Fanö, Thyborön, Lökken and today, Lönstrup. They have all been cozy villages with small winding streets, full of colourful houses made in stone but they have also been taken over by Mr Low Season, so they have all been very quiet. And yes, Mr Rain has also had a hand in it I guess.

But I can also tell you that Miss Sunshine has been seen around the west coast over the last few days. After we left Thyborön, a few days ago, we had some really good days with tail winds and sunshine instead of rain. This made be abandon my Palm drysuit for the Duerm Tourlite paddle jacket I got from Leif at Aterra. It was such a relief to paddle in light clothing for a while. We paddled about 50 km every day and saw the coastline change slowly but surely. Bulbjerg surprised us with its 47 meters of height for instance. We are now also getting up earlier in the mornings, which sometimes is a struggle for some parts of the team...

Then the weather changed again today. Leaving Lökken this morning, we aimed for Hirtshals. The weather forecast had told us light winds in the morning, but becoming stronger later in the day. It was just that later became sooner and when we paddled past the Rudbjerg lighthouse and the steep slopes underneath it, we realised it was quite a committing day in our boats. So we had to abandon our plans after 14 km. The sea state and the increasing winds made it difficult for us to move forward and we ended our day in Lönstrup instead. A good call I would say. Especially since we got a roof over our heads tonight and the winds are roaming outside and the rain is pouring down. But hey, let's see what the morning brings...

Last thing today is some stats, for those who are interested:

Number of seagulls that have landed on Nicks kayak: 1
Number of ice creams we've had so far: 0
Number of showers taken during the first 13 days: 2
Number of porpoises we've seen jumping up from the sea: 5
Kilometres we've paddled so far: 393
Number of chocolate bars we've been eating while paddling: countless
Number of times Nick has had a shave: 0
Number of kite runners we've seen on the beach: probably at least 300

A morning splash to get through the waves. At least the drysuit got a real rinse.

A morning splash to get through the waves. At least the drysuit got a real rinse.

Chubby fishermen boats resting on the beach in Nörre Vorupör.

Chubby fishermen boats resting on the beach in Nörre Vorupör.

Lovely break on the water. Time for a chocolate bar. Or two?

Lovely break on the water. Time for a chocolate bar. Or two?

It's more fun to carry the gear in the kayak, than on a trolley uphill I heard someone say.

It's more fun to carry the gear in the kayak, than on a trolley uphill I heard someone say.

Sorry, but I just thought this was quite a funny sign. ;-)

Sorry, but I just thought this was quite a funny sign. ;-)

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