This week has been a very exciting one as it was the week of our 90km hike on Denmark’s oldest road. Sunday we spent the majority of the day preparing for the trip by washing clothes and packing my bag with all the necessary things. Luckily one of my friends was able to collect my winter clothes from Copenhagen which is about 3 hours away since she was there for the weekend. If my clothes hadn’t been collected I would definitely have gotten pneumonia as it was extremely cold on the hike as winter is coming.
Monday morning we had to get up quite early to pack the last things as well as lunch and have some breakfast. After getting everything sorted out quite hastily, I then headed out to the bus and onto a lift as it is one of the double decker buses where the bottom level is for baggage. Once everyone was strapped in and seated on the bus we then headed off to the starting location of our hike. It was a very quiet and chilled bus trip where everyone was, either listening to music, reading or sleeping. Once we reached the starting location we were then taken out off the bus and then we prepared the Joggers for all of the wheelchair users and were then transferred into them ready for the first 21km part. It was raining quite a bit and the path was very muddy. Søren started off pushing me and boy did we go fast. We ended up overtaking everyone except for the jogger up the front which was going a bit too fast for us and had also had a bit of a head-start. There were a few parts that were extremely tough to push through and had it been completely dry we would have gotten through no problem. There were a lot of steep hills on the first day too which also made it a bit difficult for everyone. When we got a bit closer to the town which our accommodation was in, there was a bit of an asphalted slope with a tunnel at the bottom and then a slope up on the other end. Søren and Christoffer were pushing Jonas and me in joggers and they decided to give us a push, let go, run after us and catch us again. We were going quite fast in the tunnel and Christoffer had given Jonas a push but with more power than anticipated and the jogger was veering ever so slightly closer and closer towards the wall. Suddenly Christoffer shouts “Catch Jonas! I can’t make it!” to which Søren replies “I can’t! I’m going to fast with Philip!”. Out of the corner of my eye I see Jonas all the way over towards the wall before he disappears from my sight. Søren looks back and apparently Jonas had fallen out of the chair and since there was no sound from the crash and the fact that he sounded very calm you would never have known. Luckily he was fine and he hadn’t sustained any injuries from the fall which was very lucky.
The following day, we had a quick breakfast before heading back out on the road again ready for another long day of walking. We started the day off by going to the church where we were shown around and got to look at all of the amazing artworks throughout. After a bit of a wander around, we were then seated again where we were taught a pilgrim song about safe travels which ended up being sung way too much on the trip and almost everyone was sick of it by the end of the week. After a few times of singing the song, we then had a bit of time to wander around the town to have some lunch before continuing our hike. We stopped at a lovely café for something to drink, a candy shop to get some supplies and then a kebab shop for some lunch. Once we were all satisfied, we headed back to the church to meet up with the rest of the group to continue our walk. Today’s walk was definitely a different challenge but definitely not less challenging. It was great having a chance to just chat with people and to get to know them better. We arrived at the accommodation first together with Magnus, Peter and Johannes which was quite an achievement. It was a very nice place and was similar to an old style cottage. The teachers presented the skirt of shame which had to be given to someone who had either done or said something silly. There were a lot of people who nominated others and told stories about the silly things they had done. I decided to tell the story from the previous day with Jonas and everyone cracked up laughing. As a result, Christoffer ended up having to wear the dress all of the next day.
Wednesday was another long day where almost everyone faced a challenge of their own that had to be overcome. The first challenge started pretty early on the walk where there was quite a lot of mud. Kenny decided to try and find an alternate route where there was less mud and ended up falling into the mud leaving his shoes completely filled with mud. As a result the rest of the day was done bare-foot for him. We went on through some very picturesque locations and through a grassy paddock on a hill where there were a few friendly horses that came over to greet us. It was a very icy breeze and icy cold droplets of rain which made it very cold on my face as that was the only part of me that wasn’t completely covered up. After walking a few kilometres there was a grocery store which also had a café which we had some lunch at. This shop is located along the ancient road so they get a lot of visits from different people from all around the world who come to walk along the road. After a well-deserved break, we then continued on our way towards the next accommodation we would be staying at. We continued and suddenly I started speeding along and turns out that the driver had been swapped out which explained the sudden increase in speed. It was good to have a bit of a change in company as it allowed me to get to know some more people. The road started to get a lot more difficult and there was a point in the path where there were some big rocks I had to get lifted over and then there were some steps I had to get lifted up to get to a very narrow ledge. It was so narrow and quite a difficult path and we ended up having to have one person pulling from the front and then one pushing to make sure I didn’t tip. There were 2 close calls but luckily nothing happened which was good. Later on, Team Jesper lost a wheel on their jogger and ended up having to tilt the chair so that it was only resting on the back 2 wheels. We managed to make it despite these few challenges. The accommodation was a massive Airbnb house which was able to accommodate all of us which was very impressive.
Thursday was also quite tough as the path was filled with mud and water a majority of the way. Despite the challenges, we managed to get through the day which was the main thing. It was tough and Søren and I managed to be the first to get to the backpackers lodge first. Since we wouldn’t be walking very far on the Friday we spent the afternoon celebrating and drinking a few beers. It was a lot of fun and we played various different drinking games.
Friday was a very short walk of less than 8km and when we got to the end we all cheered and sat down for a well-deserved victory lunch. We had an hour and a half before the bus arrived where we just chilled. When we got back to the school we started off by getting unpacked and then went out and had a chat with some of the others about their experiences on their trips. Later on in the afternoon there was a music quiz where I got pretty peeved off about as our team didn’t do too well which was unfortunate. Saturday was just chilled where my mum and sister came to visit where we just relaxed and played a few different board games.