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Leaving the west coast behind us

skapad 2011-08-24 i 'Green Adventures Blog'

 

Bye bye west coast, hello east coast!

Lönstrup, just south of the big harbour of Hirtshals, was such a wonderful village. Actually so wonderful we decided to stay another night in the cabin we rented. And because the winds were too strong and the sea state too uncomfortable to travel in. We just had stay another night. So instead of paddling, we spent the day on the beach, walking around the village, looking at people and eating lots of sweets and Danish pastries. So we weren't really complaining to be honest. Though we wanted to get moving again and so we did 60 km the following day and made it to Nordstrand,the most northerly point of Denmark. The morning after, we paddled about 4 km before we could jump out of our boats at Grenen. This is the place where two seas meet, Skagerrak and Kattegatt. And it is true, you can actually see them meet. The waves come from two directions and it looks like they are fighting over who can control this tip of Denmark. I guess it's always going to be a tie...

It was a wonderful feeling to have managed to paddle the whole Danish west coast and when we started to head south, it was now the east coast we had in front of us. Now everything will be easier, we thought. But just because we had done the hardest part of the trip didn't mean that the rest of the paddle was going go be a walk in the park. And they do have headwinds here. And waves. And shallow waters. What a way to greet two paddlers! Headwinds the first day. Then headwinds and some crosswinds the second day. Add really shallow waters south of Säby, that made some of the paddling to Asaa quite a wet one. The third day, today, was way too windy for us, so we, once again, had to explore the surroundings of the harbour of Asaa. Which turned out to be an real adventure.

Walking back to the harbour from the village without having found a cafe, we see this big motor boat on the sea and it looks like it got stuck in the shallow water outside the harbour. Suddenly we see smoke coming out from the boat. Then a rescue raft in the water, then a German sailing boat approaching the motor boat. Then two people in a small dinghy boat. The sailing boat and the dinghy both headed for the harbour while the rescue raft started to drift away. The motor boat was sat in the sand and didn't go anywhere. Then the fire department arrived. And then we heard the sound of a helicopter in the sky and then suddenly the whole village had gathered in the harbour to see what was going on. So within an hour, the place had gone from a very sleepy little harbour to the scene of a full rescue action with lots of people in different kinds of uniforms. And luckily, the people on the boat weren't hurt. Let's just hope the sea calms down tomorrow. Both for people in big motor boats and for paddlers wanting to head south towards Grenaa.

We stayed another day in Lönstrup, cause the white foam in the sea was just too fluffy to enter.

We stayed another day in Lönstrup, cause the white foam in the sea was just too fluffy to enter.

Where the two seas of Skagerrak and Kattegatt meet, at Grenen, on the north tip of Jylland.

Where the two seas of Skagerrak and Kattegatt meet, at Grenen, on the north tip of Jylland.

Finally the compass is showing a southerly bearing.

Finally the compass is showing a southerly bearing.

Camping south of Strandby, close to Frederikshavn.

Camping south of Strandby, close to Frederikshavn.

Oh, I so wanted to be the person being sent down from the helicopter...

Oh, I so wanted to be the person being sent down from the helicopter...

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