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They took everything

skapad 2011-09-06 i 'Green Adventures Blog'

 

I never thought a thing like this could happen. Never thought the trip would end this way. After 900 km we had most of our kit stolen from the kayaks yesterday on the beach in Greve, south of Copenhagen. The feeling that ran through my body when I realized someone had been at our kayaks while we were away shopping for food, is undescribable. This is what happened:

We woke up in the morning, in a harbour in Copenhagen. The rain was pouring down and we decided to stay in the tent until it had calmed down a little. When it finally did, we got up, packed our kayaks and started to paddle through the canal of Copenhagen. It was a grey day, but beautiful in a very special way. The rain was falling, the mermaid was still sitting on her favorite rock and Nyhavn was very quiet with no people in sight. Paddling down the canal, we suddenly stumbled upon Kayak Republic, a kayak business situated on pontoons with loads of kayaks, paddle gear and a coffee shop. One of the guys running the business saw us, waved us in and gave us free coffee and tea. A wonderful break in the Copenhagen morning. Continuing through the city it felt like we had the whole canal to ourselves. No one else was to be seen on the water.

This day we were running out of food and decided we should make a stop further down the coast, in the Køge Bay. On the long beach that stretched from Ishøj and south we met a woman that gave us directions to get to a supermarket in Greve. So we followed her advice and landed on the beach a bit further south. Nick was feeling a bit weary and not very well this afternoon and we decided to go and get some food together. After having prepared the kayaks so that they wouldn't draw too much attention, we went to the supermarket. We were away for one hour...

Returning to the kayaks I can see that my PFD and spray deck have been moved. And the front hatch cover is not properly on. I lift it up to see... an empty hatch. Totally empty. Then I look in the small day hatch. Empty too. I shout at Nick to come down quick. We open all his hatch covers on his boat. Everything is gone. EVERYTHING!!! They have taken everything in Nick's boat. We have lost the iPad, two SLR cameras, one small digital camera, the GPSs, all the charts and maps, most of our camping gear, Nick's mobile phone and his passport,lots of safety equipment, all Nick's clothes, some of my clothes, cutlery, stove, pans, VHF Radio, sleeping bags, sleeping mats, tent, sunglasses, compasses, hats, underwear, knives, head torches and more. Unbelievable!!!

What hurts me the most is of course that all the pictures are gone. They won´t mean anything to the people that took the cameras, but for us they mean a lot. We've been really keen on taking a lot of pictures on this trip to use for writing articles, giving slide show presentations and above all, to bring them back as memories from a wonderful, but difficult paddle around Denmark. Now they are all gone. 4 weeks of paddling memories are lost. And I also feel so sorry for Nick. The only things he´s still got are the clothes he is wearing. A set of thermals, a cap and a pair of neoprene shoes...

So this is where the trip must pause for us. For now at least. All the love and the energy we had for the trip is gone for now. We have been offered help to try to continue the trip but it´s just too much at the moment. After the struggle we've had with the rain and the winds, and the short time we have left to actually being able to finish the trip, the both of us together, we have decided to stop here. With only 300km to go. We've got some wonderful help from all the people that have been involved in our destiny the last two days. Peter, who we met on the beach and took us to the police station, then invited us for dinner. The very kind police man at the police station who offered us coffee and tea and let us use the phone as much as we wanted to. Leslie, who came and picked up us in Greve and let us stay in her house, use her car and had bought wine for us last night. Nicolai who offered us to get some equipment to finish the trip etc. A more wonderful and caring welcome is hard to find.

BUT don´t think the adventure ends here. Oh no! We are coming back! Work assignments, kayak training and courses are keeping us busy for the next two months but we have agreed that we are going back to Greve, to the exact spot on that beach in November to finish this trip. We are going to paddle around Denmark. As simple as that! Have we come this far, we are definitely going to paddle the last 300 km, that´s for sure. Guess we need to get some thicker thermals though...

I´ll come back in a few days with a summary of the trip and with more reflections about what has happened. Until then, happy paddling! :-)

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