Ive enjoyed many ride reports - so here's my first long ride.
Way back in March 2015 there was a solar eclipse visible in the Faroe islands and Spitsbergen
and since you (probably) can't ride to Spitsbergen i went to the Faroe islands on the ferry from Denmark. That and had wanted to see them for a while and the ferry company was doing a deal - 800 euros for the return transport and five nights half board accommodation on the ship while there
I'd planned to ride an Enfield 350 and use the Harwich to Esbjerg ferry saving a load of miles . . .but that stopped in 2014 - so Transalp it was then with some winter compound tyres, an eBay satnav, a camera, and as many warm things as i could wear.
After stopping on the A303 about 50 miles from home because the tyre pressure monitor said the front tyre was going down!! i passed London on the M25 then got the ferry from harwich to hook of holland overnight (which left about an hour or two late)
Once in Holland i followed the satnav to my destination - the youth hostel in Stade near Hamburg. mainly on motorway but the last 30 or so were better local roads. Arriving in the afternoon gave a chance for a wander about
being nearly winter the tide was out
the next day i crossed the Elbe on local ferry to Glukstadt (probably) and took in some german country roads not that i took any photos!
but you could get a coffee in the below deck saloon on the ferry
The ride up through the peninsular of Germany and on through Denmark was..... cool. Not much rain, but a constant Easterly wind that strengthened during the day as the clouds cleared. oddly the coldest part of me was my ankles, fixed by adding a pair of walking gaters on top.
when i got to the next stop a the YH in Roslev it was unmanned with a note to call if i needed assistance
turns out that the door was open for me, but since i need the bedding too they came over and opened up. its a bit odd staying in an empty hostel and this one was a mix of hostel and kids football training club, especially at breakfast when the wardens set out a massive continental selection for you. I did have to go to the local shop to get teabags though! and again the next day for more petrol - almost all the filling stations in Denmark were self service put your card in the machine type
another ferry crossing and local roads got me to Hirtshals - this isn't Hirtshals though!
where i was the first bike to arrive - there were only three and all from the UK!! I had expected a few more and was surprised there were none from germany