Losing My Way in Denmark

Most of this year has been about the move. The big move from Seattle, USA to Copenhagen, Denmark.

Moving is time consuming. I hardly have had any time to go out on hikes or take my bike out before we left. Then, after I got here, unlike every other person who lives here, I didn’t even have a bike! My LHT was shipped with the rest of our personal stuff and now we wait for its arrival.

While waiting, I decided that I really needed to get a bike. Living without one here, with real bike lanes and biking trails, was just becoming too difficult.

So, I purchased a bicycle. It’s a heavy, but extremely cute, city bike. It’s the color of green curry and thankfully, it has front and back brakes (as opposed to the back pedal braking that most city bikes here require).

The first morning that was free of appointments and other commitments, I took it out on a trial ride. It didn’t exactly go smoothly…

First of all, I forgot to start my Strava! Considering how excited I was to finally gain some biking miles, that’s just dumb. I biked well over a mile (from the Sorgenfri neighborhood where I now live to downtown Lyngby), when I got to a dead end. Trying to avoid cobblestones of the old downtown, I chose some side trail, which quickly turned into “no bikes allowed” trail. Confused, frustrated and near tears, I decided to walk my bike along this trail. I was certain that I knew where it lead, by looking at the map earlier (for some reason all my navigational apps were refusing to load!).

This is where I finally started Strava, so the initial 0.1 mile or so was walking.

Then I got on my bike and got lost (there’s construction around the Lyngby Storecenter, with a lot of rerouting going on). I meandered my way around town and then, at last!, I found the road I was looking for.

My plan was to get to the coast, in the Klampenborg neighborhood. But at some point, I was lured by this sign:

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I followed this sign, and instead of ending up on the coast, I ended up in the Charlottenlund neighborhood.

It’s important to note here that although Denmark is thought of as a flat country, it is NOT flat when I’m out on my bicycle! Leave it to me to find every hill in Denmark, especially on my first bike ride.

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No, this is not the hill….  Just a picture of a street in Charlottenlund.

By the time I got to Charlottenlund I was exhausted by all the hills! And considering that the main road, which I took, Klampenborgvej, was straight down a long long hill, I knew I didn’t want to go back the same way. (My map apps were still refusing to load. I was still completely lost).

Charlottenlund is a nice neighborhood, and the nicest thing about it (at least in my mind, that day) was that it has the S train station! Once I spotted that beautiful, bright S sign, I was like the Magi following the star of Bethlehem.

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Charlottenlund train station.

I came back home by taking the train. LOL. Taking your bike on a train is super easy. I love it!

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  • This Ride: 4.6 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 145 ft
  • Coming Back from the Train Station Ride: 0.4 miles
  • YTD Biking Miles: 15.7

 

 

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