25.05.2013 - 28.05.2013 16 °C
So on Saturday the 25th we headed to Odiliapeel in the south of Holland to surprise the van der Schans family at their get together. We had a great time with plenty of beers, braai and games. Thank you very much. We spent the night in the old nunnery and after a big family breakfast all went our separate ways, with us heading to Legden in Germany...we ended up there because there was a decent hotel nearby, which we ended up getting our room and breakfast free :-) on the way we saw many windmills and a castle.
Next day we headed up to the north coast of Germany next to Holland, we stayed right on the Norddeich, which is literally north dyke. The weather was slightly better now as it had been raining the day before, so we setup tent at around four meters below sea level then headed up to the dyke to check out the North sea...rather muddy and the tide was far out, I have never seen a beach like this...where are the waves? Anyways we had a stroll amongst the sheep and had a beer then went to bed with a randy bull trying to mate with the cows behind us!
Next day we headed off towards Cuxhaven further along the coast next to the river Elbe. The rides had been uneventful as the land is very flat and there are just green fields of livestock, we stuck to the back roads as the weather started clearing up, then just as we got to our destination there was a thick mist on the coast. We setup camp at one of the many campsites and went exploring...another dyke. The was also a fort and a thing called the Kugelbake, which was made of wood about 20 meters high but we could not figure out what is was. Again we strolled the beach and looked out to the small islands not far off, also many ships headed up and down the river. Must take some skill to pilot them as the tides are huge here with a massive difference when the tide is out, you could walk out for a mile or more. The weather took a turn for the worse so we headed to bed after bouncing some nice beers.
More rain the next morning and we packed up in it and set off, north towards Denmark. We got a ferry across the Elbe river. We then drive up towards Romo in Denmark in driving winds and rain. We were wrapped up warm and watertight so it didnt slow us up too much.
Guess we have done just over 2000 km now and the bike has not skipped a beat, although one of the spot lights rattled loose and the tank bank broke, but managed to fix the both with some zip ties.
Will attach a few photos below and let Jennifer fill you in on the next day or two