Day 113: I Knocked The Bastard Off

Rødekro Aktivitetspark Shelter to Flensburg 

Distance: 40km


An outrageous amount of calories found the way into my stomach yesterday, challenging my digestion and thus making me comfortably warm throughout the night.


Getting up on the last day is never an issue, especially not today as I'm looking forward to a warm place to stay for tonight. Great motivation. 

But I have to deserve it. It's a long walk, the first half in rain (which wasn't forecasted) through very wet terrain. Shortly before crossing into Germany, I stop at the church of Bov. Not for a prayer but these churches usually feature a warm toilet. No exception here and I use it to change for dry, city-suitable clothes.

Crossing the border is - as usual - a rather emotional thing. Another milestone. 

Denmark, country number four done and dusted. Or as my Kiwi friends would say: I knocked the bastard off.


Now let's tackle country number 5: Germany! For now it's only for a couple of kilometers but somehow they manage to ignite my Germam Wanderlust for next year as I stroll through the adorable old town of Flensburg in the last rays of the sun with it's bustling Christmas Market. There won't e Christmas Markets next summer but longer days and milder temperatures will definitely make up for that.


So that was it! A hike across Denmark in November. 13 days, a bit more than 500 kilometers. 

It was certainly very different to my previous hikes. Not necessarily the landscape (which is similar to Sweden's southern part) but the hiking in constantly cold temperatures. Something, which turned out to be more challenging as I was anticipating. Luckily it was mostly just the cold. Rain was rare and only light when it did. Being outside nearly 24/7 and thus keeping myself warm wasn't always easy. It required a lot of eating. Fuel for my body. I could have worn morn but I more often than not had the impression the cold came from inside as well. Lack of sleep maybe despite the long nights.


Long nights. Another point I want to take up. When deciding to head to Denmark, I completely neglected this point. With only 8 hours of daylight the days are awfully short, requiring me to walk in the dark. Initially I had to get used to it but it somehow grew on me. Time at night was passing quickly and the moment the eastern sky turned from black to blue was always magical. In fact I remember every dawn of this little hike.


Last but not the people. Well, I can't say much about them as I have hardly met anyone on my hike. The few people I did meet though were wonderful.

I didn't mind to hike in solitude these two weeks. I actually enjoyed it. Still, if I'd continued, it might have become lonely.


Would I do it again? Maybe not. Do I regret it to have done it in November? Definitely not. I loved the challenge and am super happy I could master it. 

Christmas mood last night
Christmas mood last night
Is the bridge strong enough after my feast yesterday?
Is the bridge strong enough after my feast yesterday?
Trying to keep my hiking spirit up despite the rain
Trying to keep my hiking spirit up despite the rain
Border crossing!
Border crossing!
Leaving Denmark behind
Leaving Denmark behind
Sunny Germany
Sunny Germany
Santiago? No, I will stick to Switzerland...
Santiago? No, I will stick to Switzerland...
The hitchhiking-bench including signs, where to hitch. Such a fantastic idea!
The hitchhiking-bench including signs, where to hitch. Such a fantastic idea!
Perfect thing to stumble across as I just finished my other book
Perfect thing to stumble across as I just finished my other book
Flensburg
Flensburg
Downtown
Downtown

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Comments: 2
  • #1

    Rob (Wednesday, 01 December 2021 00:23)

    Lol ... we have to laugh at your title, but knowing you are quoting one of our (Aotearoa NZ) most famous and decorated kiwis - Sir Edmond Hillary. He who's conquest was Mt Everest. As you have done with another country. Nice to be doing it, but good to be home.
    Take care. Stay safe. Noho haumaru

  • #2

    Shelley (Monday, 10 January 2022 16:32)


    Me & my boyfriend was planning to get married last month, just last week we had some argument that made him get angry on me just because of the argument, he said we will not be married again and the next day he left me and we broke up. I still loved him and I wanted him to marry me, for me to get him back i had no choice than to contacted Robin sonbuckler11@ gmail com, to help me and he helped me to bring my lover back to me so we can continue our plan to be married. he came back after 3 days����������

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