We were the first ones off the ferry and biked to Ystad starting at 7am. Nothing on the road that early and a huge tail wind. Ystad is where Wallender tv show is set. Visited the town square and other streets shown in the series. Had brunch in a little outdoor cafe off the town square. If I can figure out how to add pics, I will add to my blog.
Next leg was from Ystad to Malmö but now we had a headwind. Tough going but we made good time on a highway we weren’t supposed to be on. Motorists started honking at us so it was time to get off. The rest of the way was largely on gravel lanes and paths. Chris is using his phone for bike directions. Maps would not have any of these paths on them.
When we got close to Malmö, primarily on paved roads, it started pouring rain. We got soaked. Clothes in packs got wet and some other things like books and unfortunately Brian’s phone. If it looks like I am killing him on step count, it’s only because his phone is dead and he can’t sync. He is still keeping track manually and reminding me he is still ahead. He’s not competitive!!
Checked into a really nice Radisson and had a room to myself. Met an old friend of Chris’ for dinner. Very enjoyable getting to spend time with a Swede to ask and be asked a lot of questions about our respective countries from politics to economy to history.
All of our clothes were laid out and hair driers and irons got a workout getting everything dry. Bike shoes took the longest to dry out. All is good and the hot shower in the hotel was magnificent after getting soaked. All in all a great day despite the soaking.
Sounds like you’re all surviving just fine without your SAG lady! And it sounds like a blast overall. I’d love to see pictures — maybe Chris can help you upload some.
I’d also be interested to hear a comparison of doing this type of ride in the US vs. Europe.
He hasn’t figured it out yet himself but he will. Brian definitely misses you because now he has to keep the receipts himself. We are traveling light as you would expect. For me not being the navigator is definitely a new feeling. I’m getting used to letting someone else do it. Now having any maps is definitely unsettling.