Hi,

this site will be about my bicycle trip from my now hometown Katrineholm, Sweden to COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland, Great Britain.

Why am I biking to the COP26? In short: It is a sustainable way to travel and I hope, I can make a difference by biking all the way as a 70year-old. I hope, the political leaders of the world will understand, that they have to act now, when a 70+ year old woman is coming by bike. I know, it is a dream, but sometimes dreams come true and if I do not try, I can never change anything.

What means COP26? The COP is for UN Climate Change Conference and the no 26 is for, because it is how it is count. You can read more about COP26 by following the link. The COP 21 was held in Paris from 30th November to 12th December 2015. Negotiations resulted in the adoption of the Paris Agreement on 12th December, governing climate change reduction measures from 2020. In real, not much has changed in benefit for the climate.

When and where will I start? The start will be 1st September 2021 in Katrineholm, Sweden

Below I list my route and I will add content, while traveling. I prepared, because it will be the easiest way to update my blog even with limited access to Internet.

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1st SEPTEMBER 2021

Katrineholm – Norrköping; 77 km; host: Peder af Geijerstam (warmshowers)

After month of preparation and looking for travel buddies, it finally is time to start the ride. The plan is to use “warmshowers” and “couchsurfing” for the overnight stays. Even this a sustainable way to travel. There are some hosts, who already have invited me and that feels good. Other hosts I have to find on the way. Most hosts does not like requests more than a week in advance and a lot of hosts are happy about last-minute-requests as well. Though, fingers crossed, that I will find hosts in every town or village with overnight stays. – I did not find any travel buddys, but that does not really matter, because I am used to traveling by my own.

By the way, it is too dangerous to ride the Highway 55 between Katrineholm and Norrköping by bike, therefore I had to ride around 70 km instead for 40 km, using smaller roads.

I thought, I need to charge my bike battery around halfway av my daytrip, but actually it was not necessary by using assistans level 2 and 3 most of the time.

It was a wonderful day, biking on small roads enjoying nature and even some deers crossing the road. I came close to the home av MaryAnn, my vegetable supplier, but not close enough to greet her. Once I used the forest as a bathroom, the other time I found a rest area. There were some camper vans as well and I had to trust that the travelers won’t take anything and they didn’t. I imagine, that people with camper vans have so much money, that they are not interested in stealing.

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I used maps.me most of the day, but when the app told me, that I have to take a fenced and closed road, I switched to Google Maps. It worked fine, because I was already close enough to my goal for the day – to Norrköping.

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Somewhere in the Municipality of Norrköping

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By the way, my smartphone run out of charge, though I took a rest and charged it by my powerbank – enough for being able to continue, meanwhile I had a small meal. At that time I was in an old village, called Virå bruk.

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Later, I made a stop to mesage my host, that I soon will arrive and by that, I read an email message of a journalist, working in Norrköping. He was interested in, to write about my trip. We agreed to meet tomorrow. By the way, in Katrineholm no journalist did met me in the citypark, what I had hoped. Nearly outside, I met a woman of my circle of acquaintances, who was on her daily walk, stopped by and wished me luck on my travel. I was very happy about it. Luckily I have had friends at home for some days. They left today. Before they left, they did take photos of me.

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It was a little difficult to reach my hosts home by street work, which parted his street. Finally I found my way and his address. Peder dit take my bike up into his apartment on the fourth floor for security reasons and you have to know, that the house does not have an elevator. He also carried my big bags up. I only tog my cooler bag and a cotton bag with groceries – it was not even fuĺl. Close after showing me his apartment, especially the bathroom and the kitchen, he had to work online for an hour again. I think it is amazing, how he lays the jigsaw without being stressed. In the contrary, he was calm and very nice.

During dinner, which was a sallad with beans, carots and rice as a side dish. As simple it was as delicious it was. We talked about our travels, of course and were going to sleep around 10pm, because we had to be up early the upcoming day.

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2nd September 2021

Norrköping – Linköping; 48 km; host: Heinz Ericson (warmshowers)

We took an early good-bye after Peder had carried down my panniers and my bike. I had splendid of time to fasten my panniers on my bike, even he already had left for work. I also ate a banana and had a mouth full of a cold coffe drink from a bottle.

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Afterwards I was going to the city center. I stayed on S:t Pedersgatan / corner Gamla Rådstugugatan on a bench with my bike close to me. It was only +10°C, though it was a little cold, but it may become worse soon. I waited for an email from a reporter av Folkbladet, which I have got soon. He asked me, if 10am would be fine for an interview. It was only 8:30am, though I asked him, if it was possible to meet earlier and explained the situation for him. Meanwhile I was waiting for him I really needed a bathroom. A driving school, right at this corner was already open and I was allowed to use their bathroom, having my bike directly in front of one of their bid windows. The assistant at the counter agreed to have an eye on it. Though I was ready to meet the reporter and we met at 9:30am. After the interview I asked him to email his text to me before publishing and told him my bad experiences from Katrineholm and Gnesta. He accepted my wish and luckily sent me the text in the afternoon, because there were two wrong facts in it. He promised to correct them. He also had taken some photographs with a Canon system camera – even when I was cycling.

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Meanwhile I was taking this photo of the Göta canal, a cyklist passed by and made thumb up. I think it was for the text on my security vest.

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Going by bike to Linköping should have been very easy, but I had head wind most of the time. The landscape was not as flat as I remembered. Therefore I got concerned about my battery – using much more as I expected. Fortunately it is not such far between the two cities and I arrived around 2:30pm as my host. My battery had not run out off charge, but was close to it. I also was happy about the wide shoulders on the highway I was using. It was a very secure road.

Coincidentally I met my warmshower host outside the house of his apartment with his trash. He welcomed me, opened the front door and told me to park my bike under the stairs, because it is saver than outside. The door is always locked.

He showed me around in his apartment, cooked a coffee for me, served some Digestive, butter and cheese and told me then, he has to continue working. It was really nice, giving me that time even I arrived earlier than expected.

When his work was done, we had a chat at the patio e.g. about climate issues and nuclear energy. We also have seen a hedgehog.

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Hedgehog, Igel, igelkott

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Later he cooked a meal – a vegetable pot, which was delicious. Even we were talking about different issues during the meal, we continued our chat afterwards and actually had discussions about different faith and humanism. I really enjoyed it. He also invited me for an vanilla icecream with bananas and plum jam. It was very good.

Around 10pm we said good night after we had agreed about the time for breakfast.

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3rd September 2021

Linköping – Tokarp Lyckebo; 80 km; host: Jon and Matilda Forsärla (mp/Naturskyddsföreningen via fb)

My host Heinz served a good and generous breakfast. He also followed me on his bike to help me find my way further. I am very greatful to him.

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The weather was nice, but a little cloudy today, even it was a little windy. Heinz told me, it was the perfect weather for biking. Even this day, there was no incidence. I was going by bike to Mjölby, but during that ride, Google sent me via an odd dirt road, I never had chosen by myself. There were three farms on the side of this road and in front of the last one was a “Mind the dog” sign. I had to go through there anyway, but fortunately there was no dog. At a gas station I used the bathroom and bought a yoghurt drink. Later I stopped at the outskirts of Mjölby and had lunch sitting on a bench.

Afterwards I tried to find highway 32 by Google maps. It took a while, but finally I was on the highway. It was much more traffic on it as I expected, especially more trucks. The shoulder was very small and sometimes even smaller. Therefore I did not feel safe.

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Entering Jönköpings län, Småland after I have been in Sörmland and Östergötland

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In the town of Boxholm I took a rest, because I understood, that I have to charge my battery, because it would not last all the way to my host for this night. I found the Boxholms New Viennacafe. I parked my e-bike at their outdoor place, entered and told them, that I will have something soon and asked, if I am allowed to charge my battery. That was OK and I ordered a cappucino and a bit of carrot cake. I was sitting at the café for around one and a half hour and I was not asked to leave. There were also a group of men sitting there. They were there, when I was entering and still when I was leaving. They started a small talk with me. One of them told me, that I should not use the highway 32 from the town of Sommen to Tranås, but the older road, called Mjölbyvägen. I already read this on maps.me. He added usefull tips.

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The Boxholms Nya Wienercafé

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I was happy, when there was a bike path from the town of Sommen and it was followed of an old road with much less traffic and no trucks.

Arriving in Tranås on Mjölbyvägen

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In Tranås I met my new host: Jon Forsärla outside his work space, the firefighters. We were biking together to his home. The road was mostly going upphill and Jon also rides an e-bike. By the way, I was allowed to choose the path: Mostly dirt road or mostly paved road. I chose, of course, the latter. At the short part of dirt road I was unlucky and close to fall with my bike, but it did not happen. Entering the yard of the F. home, I was blind by the sun and was laying down my bike on the ground, but really slowly.

All went well and I was welcomed by the rest of the family. I got to know the children and the wife. The parents shortly renovated their kitchen. The most eye-catching details are the spoons as handles. It was taco-evening. It is a kind of annorlunda world to be hostet by a family with young kids. The parents had their things to do and luckely, they have Wi-fi. Jon asked me, if I have hosts all the way, therefore I answered him, that I don’t have any for Värnamo yet. He offered, to find me a host. I was very greatful for it. I will see, if he succeeds. We continued sitting around the kitchen table och were chatting a little. Matilda, the woman in the house, told me, that they have tried to get couchsurfers, but did not have any, because they are living at the countryside.

I have got an email from the reporter of Folkbladet. The artikel about my “BikingForFuture” was on side 6, but there was also a notice on the frontpage:

Later, Jon changed a couch into my bed, but with a cosy madrass on the top. It was nice to sleep on it.

The Forsärla couple and I have a lot in common. We both care for the environment. None of us has a car and we like to have guests. We also know the same Green Party member. I thought, it was for him, I was invited to this family, but actually it was because of my blog.

By the way, both Jon and I have written to the Tranås’ newspaper, that I will come to Tranås. Jon got a thank you for the information. I didn’t get anything and also they missed their chance, because tomorrow I won’t be in Tranås. I will go the shortest way further.

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4th September 2021

Tokarp Lyckebo – Jönköping; 74 km; host: Hojjat Erfani (couchsurfing)

I awoke twice during the night. The first time I only was to the bathroom and immediately to bed again. The other time was around a quarter past three. I did continue with my blog, wrote to Jönköpings and Värnamo newspapers. Around six o’clock, the family awoke and breakfast was already before 8am. I forgot to tack my medicines, but did it before leaving. For breakfast there was a lot to chose and they ecplained to me, that they usually have it this way for the children – that they find something they like.

After breakfast I was first in the bathroom brushing teeth etc. Not many minutes later I left – after photos wer taken:

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The children have the unusual names Frey and Gro.

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I was only using paved road this day and mostly without Google Maps. I thought, I can remember where I should go and find my way easily. I had to go to the left twice, but I was counting wrong I found out, when I came to a dirt road. Though I was going back. Later I saw a sign to the little town of Sunhultsbrunn I was on my way to. In the continueing direction was another name. Later I found out, i should have continued straight, because I soon entered a bigger road, which was not fun to go by bike. Sometimes it feeled very dangerous, because this road also had a tiny shoulder only. Before I came to Sunhultsbrunn I saw the highway 132 and that was the one I should use, which I did, but I did not come through all the towns and villages I know and should have passed. Maybe this way was shorter. Anyway I nearly run out of battery and asked at a service shop with an automatic gas station for allowance to charge my battery. I did get it, had a coffee and a cake and updated my blog meanwhile I was waiting. All the time it was easy to have my eyes on my bike. Though I had left it with the panniers.

By the way a reporter from Värnamo Nyheter did contact me by email and I answered him during my lunch, which I ate sitting on a bigger stone. I had already continued, when he called me, though I had to stop. By the traffic, I could not really hear him, but I understood that he was awaiting me today in Värnamo. I had to tell him, that I will arrive in Värnamo the next evening. He told me, he need a picture of me – which I later sent him by email. I did not here anything of him for hours.

I continue on my way and had to use the serpentines down to the town of Huskvarna. I hade been a little afraid for going there by bike, but fortunately it was working well. This is the sister-town to Jönköping. There was a point, I didn’t understand Google maps. I had to cross a European highway, but could not see, where. There was a bridge, but for me it seemed, it was for trains. I called my host and told him, where I am in the hope, I will get some help. Unfortunately he thought, I was closer to their home, but they sent me their directions by WhatsApp. This was exactly the same, which I was using. When I had followed Google maps directions and was for the second time at the same gas station, I was entering it and asked the shop assistant and he told me, the bridge is for pedestrians and cyklists and also, where I could enter it. The cycle pass was very close to the street, which Google maps did not tell me. It only told me the name of the street.

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I had to photo the sign, though my hosts understood where I was

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Going further it first went well, but soon I had the sun in my eyes and it was hard to see the cyklist and pedestrians, which came against me. At one point, two cyclist met me on the site of the cycle pass, one on the pedestrians site and there also was a pedestrian. I had to go between them and I shoutet, I cannot see well because of the sun. Nobody cared, but it was going well. I don’t know, what the cyclist, going on the pedestrians pass was thinking, but he must be a bit crazy.

When Google told me (again), that I was understanding it’s direction wrong, I was walking my bike. There were so many opportunities, I had to check the map all the time and it was hard to know, where to continue when it told me southwards. Finally I was close, but felt, I might be wrong again. Therefore I asked an elderly lady with her dog. Luckily she had the same goal as me and I could follow her. By the way, I was following the wrong street, when I met her. Soon we were at the discribed house and I was looking for the correct number, because it had two entrances. At the bell system I tried to choose the name of my host, when he was coming out of the house, welcoming and helping me.

First we were going downstairs to the garage by elevator and put my bike there. He told me, it is safe there. We did take my panniers to the elevator, he was carrying the most of my luggage. When we were at the fourth floor, we entered his apartment.

His wife welcomed me as well and I was offered to choose somewhere to sit, though I chose the most comfortable place on the couch. They have a beautiful dog, a Golden Retriever. He loves to greet people, but because my light allergy against dog and cats hair, he was held came and a bit out off my way.

I don’t really remember, what we were talking about, but I remember, that it was interesting conversation. Two of the subjects where about painting, because he is an artist and about, how they were coming to Sweden. When they left their homeland Iran, they first lived in India for ten years. The reason for leaving Iran was the government. They did not like the Shah either. What they really like is democracy.

I was invited to an Iranian meal. It was vegetarian only because I am a vegetarian and was an Aubergine dish with walnuts, Iranian bread and a cucumber dip similar to Tzatziki. That was such a delicious meal and the cucumber dip was a very good supplement to the Aubergine dish.

We were now talking about customs and traditions in different countries, especially in Mexico and Iran. They showed a documentary about Iran as well. There were so much beautiful art expressions and also a lot of ancient culture. I would like to see that country as well. I was told, I could knock every door and the people living there will give me a bed for the night and food to eat.

We were going to bed around a quarter past ten. Actually when they asked if I was tired some minutes before, I told them, I am not. It was magic that I became sleepy so fast.

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My host in Jönköping

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5th September 2021

Jönköping – Värnamo (Ulås); 98 km; host: Peder Thorén (Naturskyddsföreningen)

In the middle of the night Jon messaged me, that I have got a host. It is a member of the board at Naturskyddsföreningen i Värnamo. He is living some kilometers outside town.

I was awake around 7am and tog my medicin and stayed up, but my host was still sleeping – we had agreed about 8am. I was happy, that I could take both my medicines before breakfast and I didn’t need to apologize for waiting to eat breakfast. They served both tea and coffee as well as honey and an Iranian jam plus two different kind of bread. I was happy with this breakfast. At the end, we tasted a ginger shot, but it was very hot. It felt, like it burnt my tung, though I was served a cup of tea and I was surprised, because it helped immediately.

After I had taken a shower – I am really surprised about all the famous equipment in their apartment, even they pay around 10.000 SEK/month for the one bedroom apartment.

Time was come to take good bye. It was later, that I am used to, but that I only realised later. They helped me with all my things I have to carry and they were right, my bike had been safe during the night. Last but not least they showed me the shortest way out of town. Even this I was very happy about.

Leaving Jönköping in the direction of Värnamo is by heavy cycling. Without my e-bike it would have been very hard and I should have walked my bike for more than one km. I took a rest, when I was out of town and during this my alarm clock told me, it was already high noon.

By the way, Google maps made me confused att one point (next right, then left plus next left, then right) and I was happy to meet a couple of cyclists, who told me the correct direction. Later Google told me too early to go to the left and still later, it want me to take unpaved road. I did not do it, but as soon as possible I stopped a car and asked for the correct way. I had to go back to the place, where I had turned left. The rest to Vaggeryd was easier. There I have seen a Preem gas station, where I could both buy something to eat as well as I could charge my battery. Here I read an email, offering me a bed for a night in English (in the subject). The name of the sender was Swedish. There was no more information. I answered her, that she was the second one in line and I already had agreed staying at the first ones home.

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Halfway to Värnamo

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The shop assistant was great. First she told me, that I don’t need to feel stressed for charging my battery. I bought a meal. Later she invited me to a cappucino and also sent bananas with me. She told me, that she could not sell the bananas anymore, because they were getting brown. She explained, that I could go all the way to the next town by a bicycle path and also told respectively showed me the direction. I was not able to remember all of it, though I asked a young woman, who was out and running, when I did not remember the directions. It was very easy to come to the next town, Skillingaryd.

To leave Skillingaryd in the right direction was not so easy. I had to ask Google maps and it was directing me to a dirt road – I was turning around, but could stop a car and ask for help. They told me, that it only was around 500 m of dirt road, then I had to go the the right and later to the left. I thanked them and did walk my bike the 500 m. I did as I was taught, but unfortunately was too early to go to the left. Therefore I came after a while to another dirt road, but it seemed to be OK to ride. Unfortunately after a while it got so bad and also was going downhill, that I had to walk my bike again. I also sliped on the surface which made it hard for me to hold my bike, but I succeeded. I was happy, when after more than one km the road was paved again. Now it was accompanying a rail road. After some kilometers I reached a village and the road was crossing the railroad there. It was the village to which I should have come by paved road all the way. I was very happy when I after a while came to the sign of Värnamo kommun. Even it was the outer border, I understood, that I do not need Google maps for a while.

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Close to my Goal

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There were no hills any more and I could ride my bike in a good speed. Entering Värnamo I had to decide in which direction I had to go and I chose the town center. Fortunately I did choose right. Anyway I had to contact my host for this night for the directions. First I tried by text, but got no answer. Then I tried to call him, but the answering machine was activated, though I asked pedestrians. The first two had never heared about the village of Ulås or the address Ulåsledet. Afterwards I asked a small group of pedestrians and two of them started to explain, but my phone was ringing. It was my host. He asked me, where I am and by his answer, I understood that he knows the town very well. Luckily I only had to go further. Anyway, I had to call him one more time. Less than halfway, he met me and that I am very greatful for, because it already became dark. My light was working great meanwhile he did neither have a light nor wear a helmet.

At his home, I had to put a “waterproof plaid” over the bike for not getting vet, because the bike had to be outside. Peder invited me for a dinner (a Felix pie). We were also talking about the environment and biodiversity.

Later he made his bed for me and he was sleeping on his couch. Good night!

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6th September 2021

Värnamo – Ljungby; 45 km; host: Daniel Elwér (warmshowers)

I awoke several times during the night and also got cramps in my feet – mostly the right one. Luckily I felt asleep again every time. At 7am I took my medicin. Peder awoke att that time and asked me, if I wanted breakfast. Though I told him, I first have to take my medicin and breakfast can wait. He was happy to have time to sleep a little more.

When I had taken my medicines, I cared about my bike battery and a powerbank as well. Afterwards I checked the trip of the day, wrote a tips to the newspaper in the next town, where I will stay, wrote a reference for my host in Jönköping and updated my blog somewhat. Unfortunately the connection was to bad for uploading photos. – The photo of my host in Ulås and me I uploaded at Daniel’s home, where I had Wi-fi.

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I had no problems at all in going to my next destination – to Ljunby. I took a photo, when entering Kronobergs län, which is a part av Småland. I have seen Canada geese and stopped for a photo as well. From the place Lagan there was a bike path all the way to Ljungby. A part of it is called “Banvallen” and is a part of the bike path network Sweden.

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Daniel, my new host, really pampered me. He shared his Wi-fi with me, serves everything I want and bring it to me. I was sitting on his balcony meanwhile he was working (he works from home) and in between his job he served me coffee with chocolate and dates as well as goat milk. Actually goat milk in the coffee is tasting good.

For the shower he provided me a towel and I also was allowed to use his soap, but I used my own soap. It feels so good to have a shower in a clean home. I used the Wi-fi, when he was working and even, when he was out for errands. By the way, he carried my panniers as well as my bike into his apartment on the second floor.

He also served me a late lunch and in the evening we cooked together (with his ingrediens). We had vegetables, bought by a Reko-ring, from the oven for dinner together with a salad (he also has a garden outside the town). We were still sitting with the kitchen table and talking about the lifestyle, he would like to have – a small house att the countryside with a garden, growing vegetables etc and also about traveling until we were going to sleep around 10pm, but i actually sent some emails and requests to hosts in Denmark. He offered me his bed, but I insisted to sleep on the couch. By the way, in Sweden we have a locution: With friends we are sitting in the kitchen, with strangers in the living room.

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7th September 2021

Ljungby – Markaryd; 55 km; host: Lucas Berglund (couchsurfing)

I had a good sleep during the night even I woke up twice – for using the bathroom. I also got cramp in my feet, but not as long and not as hard as the night before. Finally I awoke a quarter past six and heard Daniel leaving the apartment. He had told me the evening before, that he uses to go jogging in the morning.

I was to the bathroom and sent then a message to my host for the next night, telling him, that I am in Ljungby and a guess, when I will arrive at his home. He answered immediately and told me, he will be at home at 5pm. Then I used Google maps and saw, that he is living outside Markaryd – in Timsfors, actually 5 km before entering that town. I also did see, that it was not so far to Markaryd as I remembered. I had split the tour in staying in Ljungby and Markaryd, because all the way to Markaryd from Värnamo would have been too long. Therefore I sent a new imessage to this host.

Daniel told me, he will email the chairman of the City Council (maybe he will be interested in to meet me) before he made breakfast for me. The chairman did not answer before I left.

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The Postman did Help us with the Photo.

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Daniel had explained in which direction I have to continue. Actually Google maps agreed with him at the start. Later it told me to go to the left on a dirt road. I hesitated, but the road was not bad, though I continued. After a while Google maps told me to go to the right, what was not possible, because the road I should use now, was only allowed for vehicles with special allowance. I turned around and was going back. At the junction, where I had turned into the dirt road, I stopped a car and ask the driver, an old man with a beard, which way to go to Markaryd (my goal for the day). He told me, there is a motorway and I replied, there should be another road close to the motorway. Finally he answered “to the left” and then it is signed. I was on the road again, where I first came from, turned left, where possible and was happy, that there was a bike path. Most of the time, there were bike paths beside the roads. Once I also was directed to a very small, but paved road. I used the highest assistans level nearly all the time, because I had only to go between 50 and 60 km. By the way I discovered, that Google maps distances sometimes are incorrect and it can differ about 200 m. At one point, I was directed to turn to the right, where no road was to turn into. I need to have that in mind next time, when I am asked to turn into dirt roads.

I had got two phone calls from the company “3”. I know that, because I tried to call back the first time and the answering machine told me. I sent a message, that I am going by bike and therefore don’t have the possibility to answer. After the second call, they stopped calling me. I also had contact with Moa, a journalist at the newspaper “Smålänningen”. We agreed a time and place to meet. Furthermore I have got an email from the chairman of the board at Naturskyddsföreningen in Helsingborg. Unfortunately she could not help me, but promised to find someone else for my overnight stay.

I arrived 5 min before the agreed time and at the agreed place meeting Moa. She had a lot more questions as the other journalists before. She was writing down all my answers. Anyway, I asked her to send me the text before publishing it, which she promised.

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I was fascinated of Lucas home

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I was at Lucas home half an hour earlier as he arrived. Julia, a neighbor, came over and talked with me. She told me how good Lucas is working with the garden and how handsome he is as well as the house from the inside is cute.

Time was running fast and Lucas arrived by car. He is working too far from home to make it without car. He first showed me the rooms in his house and afterwards he showed me his garden – the flowerbeds and the vegetables.

Later, in the kitchen, when Lucas prepared our dinner and even afterwards we were talking about doctor / patient related issues. It was the first time a doctor had time to listen to me since I am back in Sweden (from my jobs abroad). I also could ask him about different medical issues like autoimmunity and COVID-19. He was very good in explaining.

If I remember right, we were going to bed around 10pm and he had told me, that he will leave for work at 8m. I slept in the room under the roof with morning sun.

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You can see the window of the room I slept in

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8th September 2021

Markaryd – Åstorp; 67 km; Milano hotel

Even I awoke in time to leave with Lucas, I was too tired to get up. Though I didn’t take my medicin either, but later. Lucas was up half an hour before he left. He did not only manage to dress, but also had a coffee and sandwich.

I made him company during breakfast, but I just had taken my second medicine and had to wait for half an hour more. He trusted me so much, that he left a key to me and asked me to leave it, when I was leaving the house as well. I promissed – and did, of course.

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In the garden

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Around 10am I was ready to leave. I took my bike out of the shed, where it had been during the night and packed it. After a while I had finished and was going further.

I have not found a host in Scania yet and tried it with Facebook. I also was waiting for answers of the four couchsurfing hosts in Helsingborg I requested to stay days ago. I never got an answer of one of them. Furthermore I was in contact with the board at Naturskyddsföreningen. Unfortunately I couldn’t get a host this way either, because of health related problems of the intended hosts.

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I really was thinking to try my luck at the firefighters in Åstorp, where I had arrived with a very low battery, when I saw a sign for a hotel. Actually I had to ask pedestrians for the directions, because there were no more signs. The first one told me, he don’t know, he is only working here. The other one gave me the exact directions. Well there, the reception was closed and I was rounding the house for asking at the pizzeria Milano – the same name as the hotel has, but they were not related. Though I went back and checked the Internet. First I found out, that there is no hostel in Åstorp, then I saw, there may be no vacant room and finally I found the website for this hotel. There was an opportunity to book a room, but I was not sure, that it would be cared soon for that booking. Therefore I called the owner. He was driving a car and the connection was really bad. He told me, that he is on his way to the hotel and will arrive in half an hour. I waited for him. He only had an empty hut for 715 SEK (70 EUR)/night. That was the one I have seen on the Internet. I rented it, because I felt, I have no other choice.

The owner put my bike on the patio of that hut, for locking it to the railing. I put all my belongings into the hut, tried the offered Wi-fi, which was very bad and only worked somewhat outside the hut. I was going to that pizzeria Milano and had one. The owner was not serviceminded and spoke in a raw tone – in the same way the owner of the hotel had spoken to me before. Maybe it is related to the area. After a rest I walked to a nearby grocery shop and bought some food. Back at the hut I was sending a request to Susan in Rødbyhavn, Denmark. My host for Vordingborg i Denmark was already fixed. I also tried to update my blog, but I was too tired and going to sleep.

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9th September 2021

Åstorp – Helsingborg – Ramlösa – Malmö; 25 km + 8 km + 2 km. Host: My daughter Maria

I sleept like I have done at my hosts, during the trip – no better, no worse. I didn’t use the shower. It didn’t look inviting, even I think, it was somewhat clean. I had the breakfast of the food I had bought the evening before and cooked two eggs in the electric kettle.

When I left at 10:30am (it got late because of the breakfast) the owner of the hotel came to me for collecting the key. He might have seen, when I attached my belongings to my bike.

My first stop ( Helsingborg) depended on, that I was visiting my son Marcus in Helsingborg. We had a late lunch together, which we cooked together, a chat (of course) and a barbeque with two neighbors of him. Unfortunately I had soon to leave afterwards.

I was going by train of three reasons. I was tired of biking and really in need of a rest, I had not got a host in Helsingborg and I had planned to visit my daughter Maria as well as she had booked the laundry room for the upcoming day (for washing my dirty clothes).

From the closest train station only “Pågatåg” (the regional trains in Scania) are going. I was happy, that there was no need to go to the train station in the city center. Anyway, even on these trains one is allowed to take a bike on board. I was not sure, that I could use the elevators at the train station (for the size only), though I tried to find out, if I could. I couldn’t find that on the Internet, but I could chat with the train company and I was told, it should be possible. Though I tried after I had said good-bye to my son Marcus.

It was only eight km to the train station. Before I took the elevator down to the rails, I had to install an app for booking and paying for my trip. Fortunately I could get in my bike into the elevator, but it was no space left between the door and the bike.

Finally, the train I had booked my ticket for, arrived. There was only one car of four for carrying bikes. Luckely I had seen at the train before, how a girl entered with her bike. The first place for bikes was already occupied, therefore I had to round it and take the next place, but it was difficult. I have got help of the ticket collector.

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The young man with his bike left soon and in Lund a young woman entered with her bike. She told me, she has the same panniers as I and even in the same color. We did chat with each other. I could see and hear, that she was not comfortable with the Swedish language. She told me, she is from Germany and studying in Lund. She also told me, that she tries to speak Swedish at the university, but people are switching to English instead to help her using Swedish, though I continued to speak Swedish with her. When I was leaving the train with my bike, she helped me to leave.

In Malmö they have elevators, really big enogh for bikes. It was easy to move up from the underground. Looking for the way out of the railway station, I found out, that there only is one opportunity. I used that one. I used Google maps to find the directions to my daughter. By my experiences with Google maps I did not trust it. Though I was walking my bike to my daughter’s.

She is living in an apartment house for students. There are no names outside the doors and I had to call her. Soon she came down and helped me to put my bike in a save place. Then we were taking the elevator to the sixth floor, where her apartment is.

She shared a meal with me, we had a short chat and afterwards we were going to bed.

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10th September 2021

This day was my first official day off, but actually the day before I did not go by bike a lot either. I really needed this day off – and actually should have needed it a couple of days before. I was tired – the whole of me. I also finally got time to update the list of my hosts and check, where I am missing one. Anyway, the most important was mig feeling about the trip. I was no longer really sure, that I can do it – the whole one, I mean. I wondered, if I just should turn back home, but then I was thinking about my mission and also, that I had in the morning met a journalist from the newspaper “Sydsvenskan”, who will write about my mission.

I decided to try and go further by bike the next day. I also thought, that it is good, that I have put in a day off once a week. I know now, that it is really necessary for me.

My daughter used the laundry and I did my laundry, too. I only had dirty clothes for one washing machine, of course. I think the laundry room and the booking system is good, but my daughter told me, that she don’t like the big windows, so everyone, who passes by can see, what one put in or take out the drying cabinets. When I was thinking about that, I agreed with her . There also is a football table in the laundry room and I am wondering, why it is standing there. The art in the contrary, I really like. It is a part of the history of Malmö.

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My daughter did gave me breakfast and lunch, though I invited her for dinner. I was looking for a real reataurant, but Malmö is an expensive town. At the end, we chose a pizzeria. I had invited my son Daniel as well, but he was so tired and told me, he has to go to sleep.

When we were going to the pizzeria, we first turned for the wrong way, but we then found the right direction. It was nice to see a little more of Malmö.

I had a falafel plate with French fries and my daughter had a chicken plate with French fries. Back at home we were early to bed again.

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11th September 2021 – Entering Denmark

Malmö – Kastrup airport – Vordingborg; 98 km from Kastrup airport to Vordingborg; host: Klaus Michael Jensen

For crossing “The Sound” (a strait) between Sweden and Denmark we have to take the train, because no bicycles or walking people are allowed on the bridge. I was at the train station around 10am and took the first train I could catch. It was announced, that it should be a short train, which means a train with only three cars, but it was a long one. I didn’t see all the people sitting in the low floor departement, though I entered. All foldable seats were occupied and nobody raised, when I entered with the bike, therefore i was staying in the passage. The ticket collector neither said anything nor checked the tickets. I always thought, these low floor departements were mainly for prams, strollers and bikes and for people it only was allowed to sitt there if available. When it was time to leave at the station Kastrup airport, I thought, all the people with suitcases will leave, too. I was wrong. Most of those people were going further and I had to ask them, to make space for me and my bike.

Out of the train, I was lucky. I did see the signs for the elevators straight above my head. There were lots of people going to the elevators with their lugage, prams or strollers. I waited until all the others had left by the elevators. Meanwhile I was waiting for the elevator coming down again, some more travelers came and queued with me. I asked them for using the other elevator, where only three persons where waiting by telling the newvomers, that the elevator will be full, when I have entered with the bike. First they were going to queue for the other elevator, but suddenly they were going further, I think, they were looking for the conveyor belt instead. I had to wait for a while, before the elevator was at my level again. I was going up one floor only – to the hall for arrivals. There I tried to find my way out. The doors were not suitable for leaving by bike, I thought but then an information assistans proofed me better. I had expected, that she would show me the place, where I officielly could enter Denmark – with the whole procedure – that I had to show them my COVID-19 vaccination document etc.

Outside the building, I first took a picture for you:

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and then tried to find the way out of the area. I guessed the One Way Road was the one to use and it was right. When I came to the mainstreet, I was wondering in which direction I should go and asked Google maps for help, but it couldn’t find my exact position. First I was going in that direction I thought, I have to go, then I ask a worker and he explained to me. I thanked him så much and was going by my bike as he told me, but a couple of streets further, I had to ask again. The first three or four couldn’t answer me, because they didn’t speak English or they didn’t understand my question.

Finally I was going into the right directions. After a while I was looking for a gas station or a café for rechatging my battery. I hoped, I found one at my side of the street, that I don’t need to cross the street. I passed by some, but they all did neither have a shop nor a toilet. When I did not find one for along time, I anyway crossed the street, but instead of the usual shop at a gas station, there were only a flowershop. The owner or seller did deny to charge my battery. Luckily I had some energy left. After a long while I came to Tureby and found, what I was looking for:

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The gas station and shop had CCTV and i had put my e-bike directly under one of the monitors, without knowing it. I asked here, if I am allowed to charge my battery and I was. I bought a snack and was waiting outside for taking care about my bike. From time to time I checked my battery, if it was charged enough. It took long tim before it was for continueing on the trip.

I had messaged my upcoming host, that I’ll be late. He answered, he is at home. During the rest of the ride it became dark. I first tried to use the bike path, when there was, but there were no lights on that bike path and no white lines. The light of the bike was not good enough to see the whole wide of the path and to espy the vegetation on the side of it, therefore I was cycling on the road again.

Finally I reached the house of my host, opened the gate, put in my bike into the garden and closed the gate again (of course). I ringed the bell and was welcomed, but had to ask for, where to have my bike. Klaus, my host, showed me to the back part of his garden. There were a small passage to it, between to parts of a hedge. I nearly did not come through, but he told me, it is OK. I had to carry all my luggage by myself into the house. Klaus asked me, if I have had dinner and I answered “no, unfortunately I have not had time for it”. Though, he offered me the usual dinner of the house, I think it was – bread, cold cuts and something to drink. He later hade a short conversation and a young men joined in. It was him, who was more talkactive, even it stayed at the questions about my route, but starting with, that Klaus had been cykling all of South America.

I was expected to go to bed after the meal, but they were concerned, that I did not have bedlinen or a sleepingbag with me. They put a sheet on the bed and a thin, lightweight sleepingbag. Klaus also told me, that breakfast was at 7:30am next day and added, that I have to bike further.

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12th September 2021

Vordingborg – Rødbyhavn; 66 km; host: Susan Daniels

I became cold during the night, but anyway I have had some hours of sleep. I was up in good time before breakfast and had all my things ready before breakfast. I was dressed as well, of course. I was very surprised when I saw, that the people of the house (now there was also a little girl) already have had breakfast. The men where sitting in armchairs, reading newspapers. The woman asked me, what I want for breakfast. I answered porridge, because she just held an empty porridge pot in her hands. Some minutes later I was served breakfast, which was porridge, raisins, watermelon and tea. I asked for milk and had the porridge with raisins and milk.

During this breakfast, the woman was sitting at the table with me for telling me, that warmshowers is just what the name says: a warmshower. I told her, that on warmshowers hosts describes, what they are offering. She was interested in to see the app and the text Klaus had written. She was surprised about, that the notice was “dinner provided, breakfast provided”. – He has not changed it yet ;-).

The atmosphere was cold all the time, maybe they are different to male warmshower guests. Anyway, they were very different to the Danish people I know. Before I left, he asked me to write something in his guest book. I did, but it was only a short notice, thanking for bed and bord.

I biked further in the direction of Rødbyhavn. Google sent me via a beautiful cycle path.

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One of the Extra Street Lamps on the Cycle Path

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Later the paths were not so beautiful any more. Actually there were no bigger problems to find my way, but once. However, I found it out very quickly. I arrived at Susan’s home earlier than expected. Her garden gate was open, though I put my bike there and also tog a seat in one of her garden chairs.

I had to wait a quite long while, before she arrived. First she thought I was one of her B&B guests, but then she understood better. Not being a B&B guest meant, that I could not put my bike a bit longer into her garden, but that, actually, did not matter. She explained, that she mostly has B&B guests, but sometimes takes couchsurfing guests and she accepted my request, because I will go such a long way. She also added, it would be too expensive for her, if she welcomed couchsurfers more often.

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When she showed me “my” room, there were three beds in it, but nice anyway. The stairs upp there were steep, but OK. The tiny bathroom was on the “1 1/4 floor” and on that “floor” only the bathroom was. She asked me for my own sheets and I explained, that I am travelling light as well, that I was not thinking about that, because we don’t need to have sheets with us i Sweden. Though she told me, I have to buy a sleepingbag of silk in Hamburg, because they are not heavy att all and don’t need a lot of space. I remembered, I have had such one on my first part of my “travel around the world”, but can’t remember, why I don’t have it anymore.

Despite this harsk comment, Susan and I had good conversations during my stay. She also served dinner and breakfast and did have the breakfast table beautiful decorated. Even here I was early to bed.

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13th September 2021 – Entering Germany

Rödbyhaven; 2 km; Puttgarden – Neustadt in Holstein; 85 km; host: Kirsten Jöllenbeck

I left Susan’s home together with her. Meanwhile she was going to work, I was going by bike to the ferry to cross the Baltic Sea. There is no other opportunity. Susan had explained to me, how to go to the ferry as well as how to continue in Germany.

I had read on the Internet, that the ferry is going every twenty minutes, but when I arrived at the top of my lane after I had paid the fee at the counter, of course, I read, that the next ferry was at 9:40am. Time of my arrival was around 8:50am. By the way, I had to pay 116 SEK and was told: No coins. Though I gave the cashier 120 SEK – and got 5 EUR change.

Meanwhile I was waiting for the ferry, I was thinking about, how I could manage to cycle upwards the ramp. When I saw the ferry come in, it was not tied at the pier I expected. First I could not see the ramp for the cars. Finally, I was advised to go forward just a couple of meters. I had to wait there until all the trucks and cars were on board. When a car with a caravan had past, I was asked to follow him. I was cykling as fast as I could for not being a reason for delay. I had not to use the ramp, I came to the department for trucks and buses. At the ferry, I had to go to the most right there are. There were two places for motorbikes and bikes and a simple fastener for them. I did not know, how to use that, though I was shown. It was very simple indeed. The service employee told me, to take my valuables with me and I showed him, that I already have.

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I had to go upstairs – to the 6th floor, where the restaurants and the shops are. People were advised to use face masks, but I did not realise that and had mine in my panniers. I saw people looking at me suspicious, but in the shop, where I bought a Ritter Sport chocolate and something to drink, the cashier didn’t say anything. I stayed away from the crowds, but when it was time to go down the stairs to the cars etc, I was mitt in between them.

Before I left the ferry, I had opened my European COVID-19 vaccination document as a pdf on my smartphone, but I did not need it. I was not checked. I also had heard of Susan, that not everyone was checked any longer, but they only make spot checks.

I was looking for the road to the right, but biking in the first one, it was continueing in the wrong direction, though I was going back and tried the next one, which was right. I now was cycling on the island Fehmarn, looking for the way to the Fehmarn Sound bridge. There were cycle paths most of the way and also a lott of signs for the cycle pass, but I missed the one for the bridge and ask a citizen in the village of Strukkamp. She told me, there is no way from Strukkamp up to the bridge and added, that I have to go the next to the right and then to right again. I tried that, but I could not enter the bridge anyway, but was soon back in the village of Fehmarnsund (where I had started to look for the bridge. I took another round and luckily found a sign for the bridge. I became confused after a while and asked a cyclist, who seemed coming from the direction of the bridge and he really were coming down from it. He described, that there is a bicycle path up to the bridge at the end of the road and added, that I have to go there, where other cyclists are coming from. So I did.

At the end I have seen that steep (upwards) path. There was a sign, that cyclist have to walk their bike, so I did, but som others were trying to bike there and had to go off their bike when meeting other bikers. Also upon the bridge, the bike path was very small and for bikers in both directions. In addition to that, roadwork was happening. Though I walked my bike all the way over the bridge, but most cyclist did use their bikes. There was a little problem, meeting me with my panniers on the bike.

For leaving the path down from the bridge, one had to open a gate, which was not easy with my heavy equipment. Fortunately there was a bench very close to that gate, where I had my lunch.

The original plan was to visit an ex-class-mate in Kiel, but she will not be at home from 7th September onwards, though I could use a shorter route instead and had less stress.

On the way to Neustadt in Holstein, Google showed me the wrong way again, therefore there were some extra kilometers again. It was a similar situation like in the harbour, where I was not allowed to go further.

At around 6pm I was in front of the house of Kirsten. She has her own health care company. Actually it is only her and she is a podiatrist. She has her company in a speciell room in her home and on the window of that room is her company’s name.

When I ringed the bell, she opened with her grown up son behind her. I asked for her, because at that stage I didn’t know, that “only” she was working there. She told me, she is, looked confuse for a moment and then she quickly understood, that I am her couchsurfer.

She did care about me well, introduced her son and cooked delicious pancakes with plums for all of us. Later we were talking about children etc and had an interesting, cosy time together until we were going to bed. Her son did show me a selfmade giraffe in glazed ceramics. It was very beautiful. I was sleeping on the couch in the wintergarden. Should the sky had been cloudless, I would have seen the stars.

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14th September 2021

Neustadt in Holstein – Lübeck; 35 km; host: Andreas Schneiderbanger (couchsurfing)

I knew, Kirsten had to work from 7am and would not have time to say good-bye to me this morning, though we already hade done that the night before.

I did not have a hurry, because I only had to go fore around 30 km this day. When I had taken my medicines Kirsten surprised me with breakfast, served at the bed. She told me, she had got a cancellation. We had time for a chat, before she had to go back to work. Around half an hour later I was on the road again.

I mainly could follow the road 75, there were bicycle path beside it. I really like that and that is also, what I wish, we would have in Sweden. It would e.g. reduce the number of kilometers between Katrineholm and Norrköping nearly half.

Unfortunately (and I am ashamed about it), close to my hosts home, in the outskirts of the city of Lübeck, I tried to shorten a little to enter a cycle path, but the curb was too high, which I had not seen in time. I fell with my bike. I didn’t hurt me. Even it was on the side of the road and not a hinder, the cars on the other side stopped and two drivers were coming to help me. The first one helped me on my feet and also raised my bike. The other one told me, where I had to go ;-). Another accident happened to me not far away. I couldn’t stop in time at a junction, when I thought, I was on the wrong way – on the path for pedestrians and cyclists. I ended up in a hedge. Two teenage girls, who have seen that, shoutet something and I answered “ursäkta”, which is Swedish and means “sorry”. They didn’t try to speak to me anymore. I was more careful, of course, when I continued and arrived at Andreas home around half an hour later.

I was chocked, when I saw the house, he was living in. I was wondering if he became unemployed and/or if his profile on couchsurfing is a fake. I didn’t feel safe there. I won’t leave my bike for a moment, though I messaged him to come and meet me. It took a while, before he came – from the bakside of the house. His home was 100% different as I had expected and very clean. Moreover, it was beautiful decorated. Everyone could see, that he loves the sea. He also told me, that the rent is low and he loves his backyard. He had made it into an oasis with quirky figured out details like the two benches on the flight of stairs (with longer and shorter legs.

He already had prepared a meal (with pasta), but did talk so much – explaining me all about his apartment and his way to treat couchsurfers and other guests as well as about the books he is writing. He also told me, that he has to go to the post office and pick up a parcel. At the post office, he was told, that he was at the wrong one. He had to pick up theFurthermore he had to go to the supermarket (the only one for the whole suburb) and buy cat litter and more. After a while, we were really walking to the named places. Unfortunately the supermarket did not have cat litter, but Andreas bought a lot of food. He had to pick up the parcel further away at a kind of box station.

Back at his home we had the pasta meal and continued with our chat. We had so much to talk about, though it became late. Before we were going to bed, I asked him, when I have to leave. He told me, breakfast will be at 9am.

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15th September 2021

Lübeck – Hamburg; 40? km; host: My friend Michael and family

I will meet another befriended family as well.

Rain!

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16th September 2021

Day off

Spending the day with friends

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17th September 2021

Hamburg – Hammah; 65 km; host: Peter Seifert (couchsurfing)

I hope I can meet my cousin Ursula in Hamburg, before leaving the town.

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18th September 2021

Hammah – Bremen; 85 km; host: ?

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19th September 2021

Bremen – Bad Zwischenahn; 70? km; host: Lydia Eibach (warmshowers)

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20th September 2021 – Entering The Netherlands

Bad Zwischenahn – Bijham (Winschoten); 80 km; host: Anneke Hidding

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21st September 2021

Winschoten – Yde; 40 km; host: Liesbeth Koerts (warmshowers)

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22nd September 2021

Day off

Visiting Groningen (2 times 10 km)

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23rd September 2021

Yde – Meppel; 60 km; host: Inge Leonora de Ouden (warmshowers)

She told me, she is a Jehovah’s Witnesses, but we do not need to talk about God. I will see, if she really can help it. Otherwise I have to find another host.

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24th September 2021

Meppel – Apeldoorn – Beekbergen; 80 km; host: Krista van Velzen (warmshowers)

Invited for dinner with people from Extinction Rebellion

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25th September 2021

Beekbergen – Utrecht; 60 km; host: ?

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26th September 2021

Utrecht – Rotterdam; 60 km; host: Hanneke Vis (warmshowers)

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27th September 2021

Rotterdam – Bergen op Zoom; 80 km; host: ?

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28th September 2021

Bergen op Zoom – Middelburg; 65 km; host: ?

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29th September 2021 – Entering Belgium

Middelburg – Bruges (Brügge); 50 km; host: ?

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30th September 2021

Day off

Sightseeing Bruges

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1st OCTOBER 2021 – Entering France

Bruges – Dunkerque (Dunkirk); 70 km; host: ?

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2nd October 2021Entering Great Britain, here: England

Dunkerque – Calais-Coquelles – Folkestone; 50 km on land; host: ?

We intend to go by train throughout the Eurotunnel under the Channel, but if we are unlucky it is not possible by bike and we have to take a ferry from Calais harbour and will arrive at Dover.

Before leaving France I have to take a COVID-19 test, not older than 72 hours. I have to find out, where this opportunity is offered and that will not be easy, because I do not speak French. I really hope, I will find a host, who is both speaking English and French.

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3rd October 2021

Folkestone or Dover – Maidstone; 65 km; host: ?

I will use the National Cycle Network (NCN) as much as possible. There should be less traffic. I have been in contact with Sustrains, who manage these NCN and I am thinking about to buy one of their maps, but that depends on the price.

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4th October 2021

Maidstone – Rayleigh; 65 km; host: ?

If nothing is changing in the meantime, I have to take another COVID-19 test. As I know, it is for £68 – if it won’t be changed again.

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5th October 2021

Rayleigh – Colchester; 65 km; host: ?

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6th October 2021

Colchester – Woodbridge; 50 km; host: Ruth Redgrave (warmshowers)

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7th October 2021

Woodbridge – Norwich; 75 km; host: Julia Gooch (warmshowers)

I had an offer from another host in Norwich, but she told me, that I have to leave my bike outside and to go through a narrow alley as well as her house has difficult steep stairs. She assumed, that I am nimble. Actually I do not feel nimble and I am sure, I will have problems with her stairs, though I decided for Julia instead. She is living outside Norwich, four miles off the NCN1.

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8th October 2021

Norwich – West Dereham, King’s Lynn; 70 km; host: ?

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9th October 2021

West Dereham, King’s Lynn – Stamford; 90 km; Paul McCormick (warmshowers)

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10th October 2021

Stamford – Nottingham; 70 km; host: ?

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11th October 2021

Nottingham – Doncaster; 85 km; host: ?

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12th October 2021

Doncaster – Leeds; 50 km; Tulio M (couchsurfing)

13th October 2021

Day off

Sightseeing

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14 October 2021

Leeds – Harrogate (?); 30 km; host: ?

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15th October 2021

Harrogate (?) – Middlesbrough; 90 km; host: ?

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16th October 2021

Middelsbrough – Newcastle-upon-Tyne; 75 km; host: ?

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17th October 2021

Newcastle-upon-Tyne – Alnwick; 65 km; host: ?

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18th October 2021

Alnwick – Berwick-upon-Tweed; 55 km; host: ?

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19th October 2021 – Entering Scotland, Great Britain

Berwick-upon-Tweed – Dunbar; 50 km; host: ?

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20th October 2021

Dunbar – Edinburgh; 50 km; host: Andrew Dickson (warmshowers)

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21st October 2021

Day off

Sightseeing

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22nd October 2021

Edinburgh – Glasgow; 80 km; host: Berucri (couchsurfing) + 3 warmshower hosts

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23rd October 2021

Day off

Sightseeing Glasgow?

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24th October 2021

Day off

Sightseeing Glasgow?

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25th October 2021

Day off

Scottish Highlands?

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26th October 2021

Day off

Scottish Highlands?

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27th October 2021

Day off

Scottish Highlands?

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28th October 2021

Day off

Scottish Highlands?

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29th October 2021

Day off

Scottish Highlands?

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30th October 2021

Day off

Scottish Highlands?

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31st October 2021

Day off

Back to Glasgow!

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1st NOVEMBER 2021

COP26 – Scottish Event Campus (SEC)

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2nd November 2021

COP26 – Scottish Event Campus (SEC)

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3rd November 2021

COP26 – Scottish Event Campus (SEC)

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4th November 2021

COP26 – Scottish Event Campus (SEC)

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5th November 2021

COP26 – Scottish Event Campus (SEC)

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6th November 2021

COP26 – Scottish Event Campus (SEC)

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7th November 2021

COP26 – Scottish Event Campus (SEC)

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8th November 2021

COP26 – Scottish Event Campus (SEC)

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9th November 2021

COP26 – Scottish Event Campus (SEC)

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10th November 2021

COP26 – Scottish Event Campus (SEC)

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11th November 2021

COP26 – Scottish Event Campus (SEC)

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12th November 2021

COP26 – Scottish Event Campus (SEC)

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13th November 2021

Day off

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14th November 2021

Day off

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15th November 2021

Glasgow – Rigside; 55 km; host: ?

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16th November 2021

Rigside – Lockerbie; 70 km; host: ?

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17th November 2021 – Entering England, Great Britain

Lockerbie – Carlisle; 50 km; host: ?

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18th November 2021

Carlisle – Kendal; 90 km; host: ?

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19th November 2021

Day off

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20th November 2021

Kendal – Lancaster; 40 km; host: ?

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21st November 2021

Lancaster – Blackburn; 55 km; host: ?

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22nd November 2021

Blackburn – Manchester; 55 km; host: ?

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23rd November 2021

Day off

Sightseeing?

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24th November 2021

Manchester – Liverpool; 60 km; host: ?

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25th November 2021

Day off

Sightseeing?

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26th November 2021

Liverpool – Stoke-on-Trent; 90 km; host: ?

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27th November 2021

Stoke-on-Trent – Birmingham; 80 km; host: ?

28th November 2021

Birmingham – Gloucester; 90 km; host: Clare + Ryan Dickerson (they pick me up if necessary)(warmshowers)

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29th November 2021

Gloucester – Stratford-upon-Avon; 65 km; host: ?

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30th November 2021

Stratford-upon-Avon – Oxford; 77 km; host: ?

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1st DECEMBER 2021

Oxford – London; 100 km; host: ? (???)

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2nd December 2021

Day off?

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3rd December 2021

London – Chelmsford; 80 km; host: ?

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4th December 2021

Chelmsford – Colchester; 50 km; host: ?

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5th December 2021 – Entering Netherlands

Colchester – Harwich; 35 km; – Hook van Holland = Ferry (no host needed)

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6th December 2021

Hook van Holland – The Haag – Delft – Leiden; 40 km; host: Martin Deijsselberg (warmshowers)

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7th December 2021

Leiden – Amsterdam; 50 km; host: ?

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8th December 2021

Amsterdam – Harderwijk; 70 km; host: ?

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9th December 2021

Harderwijk – Zwolle; 45 kma; host: ?

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10th December 2021

Zwolle – Hoogeveen / Coevorden; 45 / 55 km; host: ?

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11th December 2021 – Entering Germany

Hoogeveen / Coevorden – Meppen; 45 km; host: ?

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12th December 2021

Meppen – Cloppenburg; 65 km; host: ?

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13th December 2021

Cloppenburg – Bremen; 65 km; host: ?

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14th December 2021

Bremen – Stemmen; 65 km; host: ?

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15th December 2021

Stemmen – Hamburg; 60 km; host: Friends

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16th December 2021

Day off

Spend with friends – Weihnachtsmarkt?

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17th December 2021

Hamburg – Bad Segeberg; 55 km; host: ?

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18th December 2021

Bad Segeberg – Kellenhusen; 65 km; host: ?

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19th December 2021 – Entering Denmark

Kellenhusen – Puttgarden; 50 km – Puttgarden – Rödbyhavn (Ferry); Rödbyhavn – Rödby; 6 km; host: ?

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20th December 2021

Rödby – Vordingborg; 60 km; host: ?

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21st December 2021

Vordingborg – Ringsted; 70 km; host: ?

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22nd December 2021

Ringsted – Köge; 55 km; host: ?

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23rd December 2021 – Entering Sweden

Köge – Örestad; 40 km – Malmö (train via The Sound); host: Maria

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24th December 2021

Day off

Christmas Eve

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25th December 2021

Malmö – Lund – Hörby; 60 km; host: ?

Maybe at Maria’s

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26th December 2021

Hörby – Hässleholm; 40 km; host: ?

Maybe at Maria’s

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27th December 2021

Hässleholm – Osby – Älmhult; 60 km; host: ?

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28th December 2021

Day off

IKEA museum

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29th December 2021

Älmhult – Grimslöv / Alvesta; 40 / 55 km; host: ?

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30th December 2021

Grimslöv / Alvesta – Växjö; 40/ 20 km; host: ?

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31st December 2021

Växjö – Korsberga; 65 km; host: ?

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1st JANUARY 2021

Korsberga – Eksjö, 50 km; host: ?

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2nd January 2021

Eksjö – Tranås; 45 km; host: ?

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3rd January 2021

Tranås – Mjölby / Skänninge; 50 km; host: ?

4th January 2021

Skänninge / Mjölby – Linköping; 40 km; host: ?

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5th January 2021

Linköping – Norrköping; 45 km; host: ?

Maybe going home by train

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6th January 2021

Norrköping – Katrineholm; 70 km; Home!

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