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A stormy good bye to Denmark

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It’s very difficult to plan the unexpected. In fact, it’s impossible. We didn’t plan this trip to be cut into two parts and we weren’t really expecting a storm to hit Denmark exactly at the same time we had decided to go back and finish the trip. Of course we knew that November can be a tricky one when it comes to weather so maybe we were taking a bit of a chance to be able to paddle the last bit, but with work demands and other things happening in our lives, this two week period was the only time we could set aside to go back to Denmark. It would have been lovely to have done it during the three weeks that were leading up to the storm, cause during those weeks it was extremly calm and quiet on the sea. But hey, once again, it is impossible to plan the unexpected.

So what happened then? Well, we were taken to Denmark by my favourite brother, Stefan, on the Thursday and after having collected Nick’s kayak from Martin and Lars at Kajakkaeden, we were dropped off at Greve, where we ended the trip last September. I felt really good about being back there again and I was feeling strong and very upbeat to paddle into the big grey fog that was surrounding us. I really like the world when it’s showing it’s grey scale and I could only imagine what was expecting us when we dissapeared into the fog. After a few hours paddling it got dark, just as we arrived in Köge and there we got a wonderful greeting from all the senior padllers in the Köge Kayak Club. They were having a Christmas dinner and we were more than welcome to stay at their club house for the night.

The morning after Nick wasn’t feeling very good. He had a big fever and wasn’t looking very healthy. Still, he wanted to get on the water and so we packed our kayaks and left Köge behind us. But pretty soon I realised that something was wrong. I was paddling faster than him. Hrm, that has never happended before and it probably won’t happen ever again, so he was in a pretty bad condition. We landed at Ströby Egede and got the hot drinks, the sandwiches and the sleeping bags out of the kayaks and after a while we both understood that Nick wasn’t going to do any more paddling that day. So we called Leslie, a very good friend of ours who lives near by and she came and picked us up.

During the weekend Nick started to feel better but at that time the storm with winds up to 30 m/sec (Bft. 11) had reached Denmark and after having checked about 5 different weather forecasts it was all clear to us that we definitely had chosen the wrong two weeks to finish the trip. The low pressures were lining up the following week and it was obvious that we were going to fight pretty strong head winds for the rest of the remaining time we had on our hands. And at that moment we made the decision to abandon the trip plan. We knew we wouldn’t be able to reach the German border, so why struggle like maniacs just to paddle a few more kilometers? It was a though decision to make, cause we both wanted to finish what we had started in August but Denmark is still there and I guess one day we just have to go back and do it all over again! :-)

So now we are moving on and instead of crying tears over not being able to finish the trip (I just do that at night when no one else can hear me...) we are planning what to do during the coming year. And it looks like it’s going to be a year full of exciting paddling trips, some challenging courses to join and lots of work related sea kayaking. Let’s get ready for 2012, shall we?

Arriving at the beach to continue the paddle.

Arriving at the beach to continue the paddle.

Into the big wide grey.

Into the big wide grey.

Apples and ginger bread cookies is all you need.

Apples and ginger bread cookies is all you need.

There was a lack of water in Denmark we came to realise when we were about to launch.

There was a lack of water in Denmark we came to realise when we were about to launch.

Nick not feeling very well on the water. I guess we had brought the wrong kind of chocolate bars.

Nick not feeling very well on the water. I guess we had brought the wrong kind of chocolate bars.

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