A Nice Bike Ride

Trip Start Apr 29, 2011
1
84
109
Trip End Sep 03, 2011


Loading Map
Map your own trip!
Map Options
Show trip route
Hide lines
shadow

Flag of Sweden  , Gotland,
Friday, August 5, 2011

The second washing day. It was yet another warm, sunny day. This can't last, it’s been so good for so long – we’re actually having a summer! Today it was the turn of the sheets and also, in keeping with carrying out tasks in preparation for laying up the boat, we washed all the cushion covers. Woe betide anyone that gets any dirt on them as of today…

We’d planned a little outing today, a bike ride southwards to the limestone cliffs at Högklint, 5km from Visby. But first we had a mission to accomplish. Yesterday, despite our best efforts, we failed to find replacement Crocs. The only store left for us to try was quite a long way out of town and inland ie eastwards. I had the bright idea to ask the friendly staff at the tourist office to give the store a call to enquire as to the availability of my size in a colour I could live with and the young lady obligingly did so, they had Croc copies (good, 'cos cheaper) in blue, green and black. Incidentally, the English spoken by the staff in the Tourist Information centre was flawless, at least as good as, if not better than one normally hears being spoken by equivalent – aged young people in the UK.

So we hot footed or pedaled out to the store, situated in a typical US style out of town shopping development and I successfully purchased two pairs, one blue one black. Why two? Well it was 150 SEK for one pair and two for 200 so I couldn’t resist the bargain!

Rather than retracing our steps back to town and then turning left at the sea, we decided instead, intrepid adventurers that we are, to take a tangential route that should hit the coast to the south of Visby. Whilst we did actually (finally) achieve this, it did prove a somewhat circuitous route. Having said that, we now have a better inkling of how normal Swedes live, as the plethora of cycle tracks that we followed took us into and through housing estates of all calibres, from council-style maisonettes through to quite nice houses on individual plots. And oh, I forgot to mention the huge disused army barracks, the shooting range that happily was not in use with its road that became a dead end and finally, a dirt road that got us back onto the coast road. Quite an adventure and a lot of fun, at least I thought it was. Julie took some more persuading!

There was quite a strong breeze from the SW in our faces as we pedaled along the cycle path towards Högklint. This would mean that the ride home would be easy, I assured Julie. On the way, we passed the entertainment park at Kneippbyn, that apparently has Pippi Longstocking’s house, Villa Villekulla as part of the attractions. Hurrying past, we continued the last couple of k’s past the smart houses on the cliff with fine views out to sea and along to Visby and finally got to the nature reserve that is Högklint. Here we parked the bikes and our bottoms and enjoyed the peace and quiet and the very fine view and had our lunch.

Having recovered from our exertions, we explored the area a little, taking in the scenery and enjoying the warm breeze. Then it was time to head back to the boat, which we did at a stupendous rate thanks to the wind pushing us along and the long hill down into Visby – I think Julie almost melted her brakes!

After a cup of tea, we went to the library to check on the latest weather forecast. We felt that we could stay another day in Visby quite easily but if the wind was more favourable, we would leave in the morning. However it transpired that the forecast was for better winds on Sunday, so the decision was made to stay and we would use the day to explore the town some more, maybe visit the museum and do some shopping.

Having recovered from our exertions, we explored the area a little, taking in the scenery and enjoying the warm breeze. Then it was time to head back to the boat, which we did at a stupendous rate thanks to the wind pushing us along and the long hill down into Visby – I think Julie almost melted her brakes!

After a cup of tea, we went to the library to check on the latest weather forecast. We felt that we could stay another day in Visby quite easily but if the wind was more favourable, we would leave in the morning. However it transpired that the forecast was for better winds on Sunday, so the decision was made to stay and we would use the day to explore the town some more, maybe visit the museum and do some shopping.
Slideshow Report as Spam

Use this image in your site

Copy and paste this html: