Day 61: June 18th, Tønder to Husum, Germany
Our campsite was very close to the border, and we had Danish cash that there was no reason to carry home. The only town between us and Germany had exactly one store: and it was boarded up. We backtracked a few kilometres to Tønder. It turned out to be a good move; the town’s old centre is really beautiful, and though it was Sunday, and the stores were closed, many cafes were open, and had tables set outside.
We explored a bit and chose a bakery/cafe, taking a table in the pedestrian-only street. We spent about $40 Canadian on coffee, macaroons, sliced bread, chocolate milk, cheese, raisin brioche, and buns. We had coffee and macaroons there, and packed away all the goodies for later. We had just a tiny amount of change left over.
After riding across the border into Germany we saw why the store in Sæd had failed: there were giant supermarkets in the first town, with parking lots full of cars. Food, and particularly alcohol, is much cheaper in Germany. In Sweden they all go to Denmark to buy their alcohol, and so on as you go farther north.
We were riding mostly along a busy road, but on a separated cycle path. In one town we stumbled into the middle of a festival. We walked our bikes, and stopped to listen to a rockabilly band (with a mandolin!) that was quite good.
We ended our ride in Husum at an Airbnb. Jan and his wife made us feel right at home. We cleaned up and walked to the touristy port, where we had patio beers.
Back at ‘home’, Jan invited us to join them in the backyard. We stayed up late enough to see stars, which was very late for us. Jan, a tattooed triathlete, turned out to be a pastor who teaches at a boarding school. His wife speaks five languages, and spoiled us with food,
Distance: 70 km