31.07.2009 - 01.08.2009 24 °C
Well the Heineken museum was really good! We got eth discount thanks to the booklet that we picked up and that made it really reasonable. We also got two glasses of extra cold Heineken and a few tasters on the way around. There was a ride as part of the experience which was good.
After we finished in the Heiniken museum we found our way to the Hardrock Café and decided not to buy anything as it was really expensive! Instead we went on a Mission to find a supermarket to get the ingredients for Fajitas for tea. By the time we got back to the tent it was pissing down with rain so we committed the cardinal sin and cooked inside the tent with the stove. I wouldn’t recommend it was it was really dodgie and not a pleasant feeling but the food tasted really good :D The weather soon cleared up though which was good and we were able to have a nice cup of tea in the sunshine.
We got up early the next morning and packed ready for the 620mile mission to Copenhagen. The tent was a bit wet which was rather annoying but we just decided to bin bag it up and be on our way. The thing that shocked me most during the drive was the amount of wind farms! There were hundreds of the things and it was a real surprise that the UK hasn’t made more of the same and followed the example. Once we got over the border into Germany I needed a nature stop and an unintentional wrong turn later we were in a suitable place to take such a stop. I took over the driving from here and took us all the way to Denmark. Driving on the continent is easy apart from the crazy people that don’t indicate its pretty sound. We didn’t see ANY other British cars on the way to Copenhagen it was actually kind of surreal in a weird sort of way. We got to drive over a nice long bridge on the way to Copenhagen and when we arrived in the city we noticed that it carried many of the traits we had seen in Oslo. The place was empty! There was little or no traffic and when we arrived at the Lonely planets recommended campsite we were delighted to see the sea and lush green grass. Sadly the grumpy woman at Charlotte Fort camping told us there was no space for us so we would have to find somewhere else. After a VERY long drive this is that last thing that you want to hear and we were a bit gutted!
So we went on to the TomTom’s next listed recommendation Absolon camping. On the way there we notice that the price in fuel varied by over 1DK from place to place and that actually Denmark was pretty cheap so we would fill up here before leaving. Upon arrival at Absolon we were greeted by a very nice man who took my CCI card (thank god I had one as I saw on check out that you must have one as a form of ID!) and told us we would pitch where ever we wanted.
While trying to find a spot a stray child on a bicycle nearly impacted with the front of the car...would have been a terrible shame as it might have damaged the car. Silly girl didn't even look but we are noticing a theme emerging with cyclists and them just doing their own thing on the continent. The campsite was really quite and there was plenty of room for us so we pitched up and had a delicious evening meal of Butter and pasta and nice cup of tea. An early night was just what we needed after the noise and excitement of Amsterdam from the previous two nights.
The next day after packing up early we headed off to the Carlsberg factory pinned with high hopes it would be the best tour in the world…sadly it was not but not bad value for the price we paid (althought the lonely planet is clearly well out of date as it said it was free and it cost is €9 each). We met a nice man in the bar there who recommended some nice beer and let us keep the glasses they camp in. He also got us sponsorship from Carlsberg for the road trip to be breathalysed! Result! So next it was onward to Stockholm! We nearly hit a Cyclist again this time while performing a safe and legal U-turn for the much loved McDonalds...I think she was a bit pissed off :-p
Miles Driven:about 1000
Near Misses with cyclists: Countless
Serious near misses with Cyclists:2