RAD RACE x AURORA Tour de Skandinavia – Day 5
5th stage – 05.09.14: Nibe – Göteborg / 125 km
There really are only a couple of occasions when getting up 6am in the morning kicks ass. One of these rare days was today.
We only had 125 k to go BUT we neeeeeeded to catch the ferry to Gothenburg 1.30pm. If we miss this boat we need to wait forever and pay another fortune to get from Denmark to Sweden. So the plan was to ride quick, not to take many brakes and just make it to the ferry in time.
So far so good. A quick breakfast. Packing our shit together really is a great teamwork on day 5, so we got on the road pretty much in time. It was just 12 of us since the two brave fixie riders Gunja and Flo needed to take a break from us roadies. The only thing was: the road really wasn’t anyting special. To be honest the road sucked hard. Like yesterday it was just a damn huge street and it was 12 kids against some trucks on a 40cm pavement.
And this damn street never ended. Pretty much the whole way to Fredrikshaven was just like that. And it totally broke our group into pieces. Urban was so fucked up he wanted to ride alone against the wind and the trucks. Danny’s pedal broke. We didn’t take enough tubes (we stupid idiots) and so we lost Benny and Dirk and the van needed to pick them up.
So in the end it was only 7 riders that made it into Fredrikshaven on their bikes. The rest was just fed up or too destroyed to cycle. The other 7 split up into a faster and slower group what really also was kinda shitty.
But when we met at the ferry everybody was smiling and I saw a lotta high fives and Gerri, Eti and Benny were already filming some great footage again for our documentary. So we took our bikes and cycled into the stomach of this huge ship (I didn’t really expect the boat was bigger than any other ship I’ve been onto).
Beeing on the ship for 3.5hrs with the crew was just perfect for that time of the trip . Imagine 16 people sleeping on the floor, browsing around this huge ship, enyoing the perfect view with the best possible weather.
We were the only ones with bikes on the ship so we could depart from the ship right before the giant trucks rolled out.
From the moment we touched swedish ground Göteborg was only nice to us. Some first coffees, some riding in the city, some bike stuff to repair the bikes.
For the first time on this trip we’re staying in a real bed. We’re kinda bummed to miss a day in the Heimplanet tents but some bus and outfit cleaning definitely was the thing to do!
We’re super stoked and so excited to ride our first day in Sweden tomorrow. For tonight we’re just happy to made it to Göteborg alive after 2 crazy days on a danish highway...
The Rad Pack!