Don Feidner

Last Update:  30 August 2015

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1 Westerland and Braderup

2 Keitum and Morsum

3 List, Kampen and Wenningstedt

4 Ellenbogen -
The Elbow

5 Romo

6 Rantum and H÷rnum

7 Hallig Hooge

8 Denmark

9 Sylt Wattland to Hamburg

10 Elbe in Hamburg to Home in Hessen

Map Denmark

The green line markes my route. As you can see, I first headed north. The open treasure chests mark the geocaches that I found.

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The road next to the dike was empty and the fresh air smelled good - well, that is, except for the odor of cow dung. Along the dike, there were more sheep than cows.

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The view to the ocean is somehow romantic. Miles of open sea and a haze of mist hanging in the air.

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This stone commemorates the cooperation between the Germans and Danes in building this dike near the border of the 2 countries.

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Tonder  is a Danish municipality (Kommune) on the Jutland peninsula in south Denmark. It covers an area of 1,278 km┬▓, and has a total population of 40,367. See area in red to the right. The island is the Island of Romo.

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The bicycle trails were well marked near the border to Denmark. In Denmark itself, they were sometimes very colorful and in English.

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This national park appeared to be filled with sheep and cattle.

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Tourist Attraction?  Nope, Just an Ordinary Picnic Area in Denmark

By the way, a geocache was hidden in this hut made of reed and wood. I ate lunch inside and looked for 20 minutes before I found it.

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This Danish Windmill was also a pastry and coffee shop with pastry and bread made from grain milled in the shop.

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So I went the long way, 2 km down the road, then to this cliff.

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Inland was a network of canals.

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A Day in Denmark

Why only a day? I was still in the rehab clinic on the island of Sylt and was not really allowed to leave the island. OK, I cheated, but I was getting island fever and decided to take the train to the mainland and just ride my bike for a day through the part of DEnmark just north of the German border.

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Cattle - As Far As the Eye Can See

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The wind on the coast of Denmark is constant and strong, which means a guaranteed means of electricity production.

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Border Marker - German Kingdom (Das Deutsche Reich)

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The border crossing furthest west on the German/Danish border┬ has an interesting story. At this point there was a round bar gate, like at many border crossings today. For decades,┬ it was only possible┬  to cross this border with special permission. Initially, it caused a lot of problems, because it was far away from any towns and in the middle of a very deserted area of the country. It was especially a problem for Bauer Broder P who lived on a farm on the Danish side of the border - but the road that led to it was on the German side of the border. That meant that every trip he made to and from his farm, he had to cross the border twice.┬ To go to the next Danish village, Rodenaes, in his car , he had to unlock the border gate and raise it, cross over, put it back down and lock it again. Then he had to take a long detour to go to the next official border crossing to get permission to go through it and continue back to the village. Eventually, he got revenge by just leaving it open. What happened then? You can guess the rest of the story.

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The chamber in  this passage grave mound is built up of 10 supporting stones and 3 cap stones. It has a 4-meter long narrow passageway.

The grave mound was excavated and restored in 1914. Large stones several meters in height stood around the location of the original burial mound. Hundreds of years later when the mound's soil had covered all the stones, the burial mound was built up to increase its size and a fresh row of smaller circle stones were placed on top of the old ones. Among these stones was a cresset stone with 15 cup marks and some figures intertwined with one another;┬ you can see them in the National Museum.

The passage grave was used for burials during three historical periods with intervals of 1000 years. A one centimeter layer of completely decomposed skeletal fragments was found on the floor of the chamber along with 75 amber beads. One thousand years later they had been covered with a layer of earth 20-40 cm thick and new corpses were then buried on top of that, along with various objects including 8 flint daggers. During the late Bronze Age, this passage grave was used as a burial place for the last time. This time it was an urn with traces of burnt bone and some bronze jewelry which were buried in the mound right next to the passageway. The mound has not been excavated completely so there are very likely more urn graves inside. It was last restored in 1990.

Bring a flashlight if you plan to visit it.   I always carry a bright LED flashlight in my handlebar bag.

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I began looking for a geocache that was near the trees far away in this field. When I got to the trees, I found --a cliff with a drop-off

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Then the tide came in and revealed this beautiful view toward Sylt.

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The villages didn’t impress me much except for the buildings that were topped with a roof made of reed.

It was getting late and I had cycled far that day, nearly 100 kilometers (60 miles) by the time I reached the German border (left). So I headed for the train station that would get me back onto the island in a hurry. This time, I took the train all the way back to Westerland because my legs were tired.

Continue to the RIDE BACK HOME from Sylt to Hamburg

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