Day 6 - Nørre Aaby to Roskilde

Trip Start May 20, 2013
Trip End Jul 05, 2013

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Saturday, May 25, 2013

We awoke about 0830 after a totally peaceful sleep to find that it had rained a bit during the night. We both had showers using the chip equipped credit card style plastic that measures the amount of hot water you have used and adds any extra to your bill. Fortunately we both lathered and scrubbed sufficiently quickly to avoid any surcharge. At least they don't ask you for a PIN to start the water flowing. That could have ruined my day.

Before leaving we decided to fill the water tank and dump the Porta Potty. Neither were critical, but why pay for facilities and not use them? Overall the campsite was excellent and cost us a very reasonable Kr 130 (£15) including wifi which we used to excess.

Then to the local supermarket to replenish supplies. This was our first shop in Denmark and to be honest I was pleasantly surprised. The prices were expensive but not extreme. Waitrose prices, rather than Tesco, if you like. Even wine wouldn't have been too bad but couldn't compare with our German purchases. We took great care over the milk, as we had no wish to repeat my cock up in Prague when my incredibly cheap litre of milk turned out to be drinking yoghurt which curdled when poured into coffee.

Onto the motorway in intermittent light rain. By the way, vehicles in Denmark must use dipped headlights at all times and I had initially thought that the driving lights on the VW would meet that requirement. However close observation of newer German cars made me conclude that you need lights at the back too, so dipped headlights it is. Remembering to switch them on and then switch them off at the appropriate times is a challenge for my old brain but with Alison nagging me we've only travelled a few hundred metres incorrectly illuminated so far. Note the 'so far'.

The highlight of the journey today was the bridge between Fyn and Sjælland, a mere 23km long! The carriageway was silky smooth, unlike the bumpity bumpity bump of most suspension bridges. The only downside was the toll, an eye watering Kr 235 (£27) ! Makes the 60p you used to pay when there were tolls on the Erskine Bridge seem very reasonable.

We arrived at Roskilde just before 1500 with the intention to have a quick 2 hour sprint round the Viking Ship Museum. Wrong on two counts. The museum closes at 1600 not 1700 and a cursory glance at the outdoor exhibits convinced us that we had better put the visit on tomorrow's schedule to do it justice. Where else can you watch 5 Viking ships (replicas) sailing together in the bay?

We wandered round the harbour. The various clubs there tend to be joint sailing/rowing/kayaking clubs, which the Commodore of Garnock Canoe Club found a bit strange, although she spotted a pair of Prijon Kodiaks identical to her own vessel. In a rowing club. With a lovely clubhouse. And a bar. A far cry from a couple of shipping containers. Bet their subs are more than £20 a year.

After driving out of town to inspect the local campsite (we weren't that impressed - it was 'under renovation'), we decided to wild camp in town. Although the main parking at the museum has 'No Camping' signs, there are others in the area without signs. We are in a quiet 5 car bay surrounded by hedges just across the road from the old gasworks. (Not as bad as it sounds as it is now an art gallery.) It occurred to us that, apart from the pub meal we had in Dover we haven't had a meal out on this holiday yet. This we had to remedy. We walked up the hill to the Roskilde Cathedral and found the Main Street in town. In a courtyard off it, we ate at the Rib House. We both had different types of hamburger and a beer. Any resemblance to a Big Mac was coincidental. So was any similarity to Macdonald prices. It cost us Kr 348 (£40) for two including the beers at Kr 49 (£5.60) each. However it was excellent. Just not cheap.

After yet another wander round the harbour we retired about 2230 for a night of stealth camping with the lid down. A good nights sleep required because tomorrow we are going to play at being Noggin the Nog ( or should that be Ronan the Bog, because the original longship was actually built in Dublin, albeit by Vikings).

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