Saturday 18th August 2018 🌞🌞⛅⛅🌧️🌧️🌧️⛅
Mileage 42 from a wild camp near Hirtshals on E39 to Grenen and then back to Rabjerg Mile Camping
Also about 3 👣👣miles
Parking Co-ordinates 57.65368, 10.45227
|A 'borrowed' pic!|
Grenen lies at the northernmost point of Denmark right at the end of a sand spit, and it's the place where the Kattegat Sea (which leads to the Baltic Sea) and the Skagerrak strait meet head on, (the Skagerrak is the strait running between Norway, Sweden and the Jutland peninsula of Denmark and it connects with the North Sea).
Swimming isn't allowed here because of the very strong currents but it's possible to stand in the water with one foot in each Sea. However, it's another tourist hot spot, so to do so you'd have to wait in a very long queue, and anyway, John and I didn't fancy the water after everybody else had washed their feet in it 😂😂😂!
|Us debating if we should dip our 👣👣or not!|
But we did stand and watch the waves colliding for a while which on this windy day was quite a spectacular site, and we also very much enjoyed our walk along the almost white sand beach that was backed be windswept dunes.
|The Waves Colliding|
Then once we'd done at the 🏖️ - and emptied all the sand⏳ out of our shoes we had another very enjoyable experience! After nearly 7 weeks of being extremely careful and only putting essential items into our shopping trolley we visited Lidl - and I was like a kid in a🍬 🍰🍡 🍩🍬 🍡 🍩🍬🍰shop!! All manner of goodies got chucked in, and if you know me and John that also included the 🍺🍺and 🍷🍾🍷that we've been mostly deprived of while we've been in Norway and Sweden - so this weekend should be a very enjoyable one!!!
When we'd hauled all our goodies back to T4rdis2 we turned our wheels towards Rabjerg Mile Camping which has just come back into ACSI season. When we arrived our welcome was very warm from their manager, and we were given a wide choice of pitches, so we were soon settled for the next few days and all for the princely sum of 19 euros (£18), but if we'd not had our precious green card with us the price would have totted up to about £30 - so once again - cheers ACSI for saving us a nice little packet of money!
Sunday 19th August 2018 ⛅⛅⛅☁☁🌧️☂🌧️🌧️
Mileage 0 today
🚴♀️🚴♂️ 34 miles
Today was to be a cycling day, and after nearly 7 weeks of being locked in our garage our bikes we're raring to go!! John had planned a ride using some of Skagen's cycle routes but there are so many dedicated paths that take you through the the wild dunes and pine forests where old World War 2 bunkers hide we were a bit spoiled for choice.
We set off along one called 'Birds of Prey Rule the Skies', apparently the region is very popular with golden eagles, white tailed eagles and buzzards as the patrol high above the dunes before diving to catch small birds, hares or other little creatures who make their homes there, but we only managed to catch a fleeting glimpse of one unidentifiable predator as he flapped off into the distance!
|The Rabjerg Mile Migrating Sand Dune|
|Two steps forward and one back!|
|Even big kids are allowed to play in the sand|
Further on still we came across another area of deserted beach, but by this time the rain was just starting to fall, so rather than go any further we stopped off to scoff our lunch before the downpour got going in earnest. And this was where I realised I was under a bit of a misapprehension😧!
I thought John had told me our ride would be about 41 kilometres (25 miles), so as our lunch stop was at mile 18 I thought we'd only got about 7 more to do. However, when I asked him how much further we'd got to go - and he replied 'only about 16 miles' my jaw hit the floor - and that was all to be in the pouring rain😲 - but Hey Ho - our skins are waterproof so it wasn't a problem - although it was a bit challenging😂😂😂!
So as you might imagine, from there we switched on our battery power and just ran for home but even with aid it took us well over an hour - I'm not complaining - HONEST! It really was lovely to be out cycling again - and it was made all the more special because the area we were passing through was so wild, beautiful and almost totally deserted!
Monday 20th August 2018 🌞🌞⛅⛅⛅🌞🌞⛅
🚴♀️🚴♂️ 22 Miles
Today our objective was to ride into the town of Skagen and also see some of the peninsula's land marks on the way. Our main targets were the buried church, the grey lighthouse and also the 'beacon' that has saved many a mariners life! However, to get to these targets we needed to cross about 8 miles of dune land, but this was very easy because for most of the way we were rolling over a sealed track that cut through the hilly dunes like a very long convoluted noodle. And the dunes were far from boring on this lovely sunny day because there were loads of swathes of purple heather that was just coming into flower, and also lots of wild roses that had just finished, but now they were smothered in bright red and orange rose hips so made a perfect splash of colour. Additionally, there were lots of birds about and also some magnificent views out towards the beach and the Kattegat Sea.
First on our agenda was Saint Laurence's Church - which is now mostly buried in sand! The church can trace it's history back to the early 1400's, and at that time it's walls stood about 5 metres tall and were of red brick. But over the following centuries the shifting sand started to swallow it up, and by 1795 the problem was so severe that the King gave his permission for the church to be closed. Some of it was demolished and the stone was recycled, but the sand hampered this process and up to 3 metres of the walls are still standing under the sand, along with a magnificent alter screen that has 60 gilt figures. The tower was preserved as a navigation mark, and to make it more pronounced it was painted white - and this is the only bit that is still visible today. However, the outline of the old church is marked out with stone pillars, so with a bit of imagination, and with the aid of the pictures on the info boards it's possible to see what it was like many years ago. It also made me wonder, if at some stage in the future, will the old structures reemerge as the sand marches on to claim other things that might be in it's path!
|How it used to be|
After that we pottered around Skagen's shopping precincts which were filled with lots of boutique and unique shops, but because we've mostly got 'a one in one out rule' within the limited confines of T4rdis2 we didn't buy anything. And finally, it was just a retracing of our tyre tracks back across the lovely open dunes for a cuppa in the last of the late afternoon sunshine.
Tomorrow we'll move on again so we'll see you from wherever our ship lands next
Bye for now 😙😙
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