The last lap. Short drive to ninth ferry trip from Faaborg on the southern tip of Fyn to Helved in Jutland to reduce driving time. Pretty area, more fields of grain perfused with wild flowers. Poppies, forget-me-nots allowed to flourish.
The drive through Germany was arduous, hot and stricken by first major roadworks around Hamburg. We limped into Holland. Arriving in familiar Hindaloopen, our first campsite was full and the next one was full but squeezed us in. Warning us that their was a kite-boarding festival and live music until 1.30am. We had a great time until we were falling over with tiredness, earplugs in and zonked for ten hours.
Restful two days followed at Welgelegan. Bursting with nature, birdsong all day, barking bullfrogs all night, mama duck walking her procession of fluffy ducklings under the breakfast table, swans wing beats moved the air as they fly over head. Nesting curlews and lapwings swoop in aerial combat, guarding their nests by the canal cycle ways.
Cute wee ferries bridge gaps in the cycle paths. €1 pays the ferry man. Villages along the way provide sustenance. Appeltart met slagroom research continued, every one was different. In the marginally cooler evenings we ate Kibbeling and prawn croquettes until we burst.
The temperatures were soaring to 30 degrees and a swim in the bath like IJsselmeer helped.
The last days short drive via Petten for lunch at another specialist seafood van. Then down to IJmuiden near Amsterdam. The temperature roasted us to a distressing 32 degrees on the beach for a last swim in the more refreshing North Sea.
Then the last ferry. DFDS chugs overnight, after a good dinner, lulls you to sleep. Then wakes you with a massive wave slap on your cabin window.
From Newcastle to Edinburgh we worked out and perfected the Christmas single.
‘On our amazing trip to Norway my true love gave to me..
1 Sperm Whale, 2 Arctic Circles, 3 Boat Rides, 4 Thousand Miles, 5 Massive Moose,
6 Tanks of diesel, 7 Sea Eagles, 8 lots of seafood 😉, 9 Different Islands, 10 Ferries, 11 Borders and…. Dozens of cute reindeers.’