Stubbekobing (Falster) to Faxe Ladeplads (South Zealand): What a day - 4 Islands and we meet the Queen of Denmark - Exploring Holland, Germany and Denmark on a Recumbent Tandem - CycleBlaze

September 6, 2013

Stubbekobing (Falster) to Faxe Ladeplads (South Zealand): What a day - 4 Islands and we meet the Queen of Denmark

Arose early wanting to get the first ferry to Bogo and stop at the bakery for breakfast. Lissy ran out with the exciting news to look for the Queen's ship. The Queen of Denmark was supposed to visit Klint on Mon Island, but the winds prevented this so the plan was for her to come ashore at Bogo and travel overland to Mon.
The ferry from Stubbekoding to Bogo is a short crossing but it is noteworthy for its ferry, the M/F Ida which is the only wooden ferry still running in Denmark. Volunteers work tirelessly to keep this route running and we were looking forward to our 12 minute crossing on this historic vessel. The First Mate was very proud of his ship and invited us down to see the engine room.

As Barry gets on the ferry, we see that the ferry crossing is part of the official Cycling route 8.
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As we crossed to Bogo, we looked for signs of the Queen, and sure enough, at anchor in the channel, was the Queen's Royal Yacht. As our ferry came ashore, we were greeted by crowds of school children and Islanders waving Danish flags - the Queen was on her way!

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Lots of activity and preparations for her visit.
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Our first glimpse of the Queen of Denmark and her husband coming ashore.
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The Queen is well thought of as she travels every summer to the Islands and visits the villages....it was our lucky day!
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One of the teens in our group, whistled and she turned to give a cheery wave.
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It was a most exciting start to our day as we joined in with the local's excitement and greeted her as she came ashore.

To our surprise, a journalist from the local paper approached us and asked if we were indeed from Canada.

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She thought that our bicycle trip to Denmark (and Bogo) was more newsworthy than the Queen's visit! Few cycle tourists come from abroad and she was most interested in why we were there. It seems that the majority of tourists from outside of Denmark are German. She took our photo and interviewed us for their paper. Once again, we are struck by the humility of the Danes as they continue to express their surprise that we have chosen to travel in their country. We continue to be surprised as well, that we are the only Canadians that we have met. Last night at the campground in Stubbekobing, Lissy told us that she has had 6 "foreign" tourists camp in her campground - Australians and us.

We have been looking forward to getting to the island of Mon as we have heard about its beauty. However, Bogo also offers dramatic scenery.

Crossing the causeway to Mon over the Baltic Sea, the deep blue of the water and the rolling yellow wheat fields are strikingly beautiful. Battling the wind, we followed a winding route up and down countless hills.

Of interest on Mon are the Stone Age burial mounds. We got to see 3 sites and were able to go inside one of them. We marvelled at the living history we could see and touch. Mon is indeed a special place.

There are many Stone Age burial sites on Mons.
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We were able to enter this ancient site - about 4 feet tall at its tallest and several feet deep.
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We crawled in to the larger chamber - fascinating construction.
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From a distance we could see the huge bridge spanning the distance to the next island, South Zealand. As there was construction, the bridge had one lane open and we were able to ride on the sidewalk with less traffic zooming by. The hills continued on our route north. Even though we are feeling strong and fit, heavy winds and hills do take their toll, so we stopped for a rest at Sandvig, a beautiful picnic spot at a small marina on the open sea. To our surprise, we discovered a free campsite for cyclists - but it was too early to stop so we pressed on.

Our goal was to get to a campground in Faxe Ladeplads. The final 10 km of our route followed the water and was extremely windy. It was the hardest part of the day and we were determined to get there. When we arrived, we were exhausted and the office was closed. But, one of the residents came to us and welcomed us with shower tokens, showed us around and best of all, made dinner for us and brought it to our campsite: barbq'd Danish hot dogs. What a warm welcome!

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These people came in their unique 3 wheeled car to see the Queen.
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The Queen's dog and his walker came ashore for a walk and visit to Bogo.
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The royal treatment for this dog - he seems to know the routine really well.
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Crossing the bridge and causeway from Bogo to Mons - island hopping again.
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Beautiful rolling and hilly landscape today...plus wind makes it interesting.
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Island hopping again - this time we're on the bridge from Mons to Falster.
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What a view from this bridge.
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A recently completed reed roof.
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While taking a picnic break at Sandvig, we chanced upon this free camping site for cyclists - a special place.
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This small marina is in front of the free camping site - a picturesque spot.
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Barry's new Shimano shoes for this trip haven't stood up very well - but never fear, duct tape can fix anything!
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Fixed and ready to go!
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Today's ride: 75 km (47 miles)
Total: 2,160 km (1,341 miles)

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