My inner travel spirit, however, is raging skyward, on a travel high from being able to say I explored like a local and saw some hidden gems in a somewhat hidden part of Denmark.
The maybe appropriately named “Killer Route” winds down along the southeastern coast from our homebase in Gudhjem, through the seaside towns of Svaneke and Nexo before hitting the famous Dueodde Beach on the southern tip (where its sand is put into the finest hourglasses), before winding its way inland through Aakirkeby and the Almindengen (“The Common”, a nice-sized forest in the heart of Bornholm) before heading back to Gudhjem….
It DEFINITELY wasn’t easy at moments (try every uphill on the back half), but I feel extremely encouraged that I managed to get through 65 kilometers without jumping in someone’s car or onto a bus for help.
AKA one monstrous loop that needs a whole day in itself.
Looking back, it certainly wasn’t pretty at moments (as if watching myself bike ever is pretty…might be entertaining for some).
Well…you obviously go on the 65 kilometer route along the southeast coastline and exterior to hit a number of them, of course. My hands were sore from grasping the handles so hard, half-praying I wouldn’t smash my face open.
BUT, Robby, how do you go on such a long bike journey if someone (say, your favorite UT student-turned-Danish travel blogger at the moment) is a young novice biker, having only ridden maybe three kilometers in his entire life? The desire to explore an unknown land and not be held back by sheer lack of skill on two wheels? My legs are still (and probably will be) sore from biking, as well as hiking for 10 kilometers on Sunday to finish my trek.
It was at a reasonable cost and everything was planned out to a tee.
I didn't have to worry about the stress involved with planning out...
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I was able to see some awesome places that I wouldn't have been able to do on my own.
One is that I don’t like holding the group behind (since I am so slow overall and new at biking); the other is that I tend to stop at everything and take pictures of everything (in case you didn’t notice…), and I feel as if biking is more of a method to get to point B, not to necessarily help to enjoy the journey from A to B.
Maybe our group going in the middle of the off-peak season helped, but I felt like the road was all mine most of the time.
I started and ended in two different groups, but for the most part, I took advantage of some individual travel.