Archive for February, 2010
Except for a few visuals from the expedition, this might not have your greatest interest (it’s all in Danish/gibberish)…
21 FEB 2010: Article in Fyens Stiftstidende (part 1, Danish)
21 FEB 2010: Article in Fyens Stiftstidende (part 2, Danish)
21 FEB 2010: Article in Fyens Stiftstidende (part 3, Danish)
21 FEB 2010: Article in Fyens Stiftstidende (part 4, Danish)
There’s more media-related WT-stuff HERE!
(Danish version only)
Jeg blev i weekenden inviteret til at komme ind i studiet i DR-byen til et interview på Go’ Morgen P3, landets mest populære morgenradioprogram med mere end 700.000 lyttere (sagde jeg gisp!?).
Jeg måtte op ukristeligt tidligt (skal vænne mig til denne vækkeurs-tilværelse) for at kunne være i studiet før kl. 7 og var i æteren fra kl. 07.18 – 07.23 i morges.
Du kan høre hele interviewet på linket herunder:
Sådan så det hele ud…
Interviewet kan som de meste andet medie-relaterede WT-stof også findes på Media-linket på forsiden.
(Alle rettigheder forbeholdt DR)
This is it. The final log update is here. I’ll miss see it growing and growing.
In the unlikely case you’d happen to be interested, the infamous WT Hall of Fame has just been updated.
We’re having a Midnight Madness Everything MUST Go Freak Show, Zülle (my alter ego) and I – don’t hold yourself back. I don’t. How could i possibly, with only 30 km to go in the WT era?
Nicolai (from Roskilde)
(UK version only)
As expected, the last few hundred meters to my parents house in Middelfart – the house where I grew up – were emotionally very heavy pedalling. Massive waves of emotions, of relief, of utter joy & happiness, of longing, of being back, of accomplishment had been rushing through me over the last few days, and now – after more than 1.400 days on the road nonstop – I was finally back home with my loved ones.
Seeing them all standing in the driveway, waiting for me, with Danish paper flags all over, was without a doubt one of the strongest moments in my life, and the tears automatically started flowing, freestyle. I don’t really remember the last meters towards the open arms of my mum, my dad, and my sister, but the hugs were the best and deepest the world has ever seen. So unreal. So good. (See photos from my arrival here)
After 5 days with my parents in Middelfart, I’m getting ready (practically rather than mentally) for the very final leg of the WT-expedition which will bring me back to Copenhagen, where it all started 4 years ago.
I’ll be leaving tomorrow (Thursday) and will arrive on Saturday 20FEB2010, 12.00 PM/noon, at the Rådhuspladsen (Town Hall Square) in central Copenhagen (see my planned route into Copenhagen here).
Undoubtedly, this, too, will be a very special moment for me. The official end of my dream, my reality over the last 1.414 days. If you happen to be in the ‘hood, come and share the moment with me. I’d be happy to see you there (tears allowing)…
Late in the evening there’s a knocking at the front door. Childhood friends, Jens (of earlier WT-fame) and Thomas surprisingly drop in for a happy chat and a cold beer. Wonderful and how I’ve missed just hanging out with good friends, speaking my native tongue, cracking jokes and sharing anecdotes together.
No, it’s not quite over yet.
I’ve just made a visual presentation of my time in France, that turned out to be much colder, much longer than expected. I also made much more great friends all over France. C’est la vie.
You can also see the WT Gallery on Flickr.
Nicolai (Middelfart, Denmark)
What Else Could Be New?
The Homecoming – Article in Danish paper…
…and as always:
**** 1.410 days, 62.008 km, 53 countries, 6 continents ****
I wonder if he’s missed me as much as I’ve missed him?
Most of the day’s spent trying to get organized, re-packing my beloved bike bags for tomorrow’s take-off, leaving everything behind that I don’t absolutely need, and stocking up on off-bike clothes for my arrival (and first weeks/months?) in Copenhagen.
Being reunited with my old wardrobe anno April 2006 is a feat that cannot be overestimated – and is all part of my on-going process of becoming a “normal” (or less Lycra-clad, at least) citizen again.
WT-media-wise, the highlight of the day is Line, a journalist from the Danish newspaper Fyens Stiftstidende, who pays me a visit at home with her photographer Asbjørn for a longer interview (come back shortly for the article, in Danish only).
Så kan jeg snart ikke trække den længere. Den fysiske del af WT-ekspeditionen nærmer sig for alvor sin afslutning (jeg forventer den åndelige del vil fortsætte), og den vil jeg gerne dele med dig.
På lørdag den 20. februar 2010 kl. 12.00 vil jeg trille ind på Rådhuspladsen i København (se ruten her), hvilket officielt betyder afslutningen på det, som har været min drøm, min virkelighed, mit ét og alt (og Danmarkshistoriens længste cykelrejse) gennem de sidste 1.410 dage.
Jeg håber du har mulighed for at være der til at dele dette store øjeblik med mig.
Hvad der herefter skal ske (med mig, med cyklen, med fremtiden, med boligen, med kærligheden, med livet, med drømmene…blandt andet), er én stor åben dør. Og det er vist bedst sådan lige nu.
Tak for opbakningen og opmuntringen gennem de sidste 4 år.
Kærligst – og på forhåbentligt gensyn,
Yesterday, as I crossed the German/Danish border, I was met by the Danish media. The first link is an audio file from the border crossing (yes, huge moment for me). It’s all in Danish.
The second link is a radio interview I just did a few hours ago, with Danish Radio Syd (Danish too)…
All rights reserved. DR (Danmarks Radio)
More news later about my arrival in Denmark. Stay tuned.
Nicolai (Sønderborg, Denmark)
Yesterday, my arrival in Denmark, after 1.402 days, 61.850 km through 53 countries on 6 continents hit the news…Have a look via the link below (but don’t blink, you might miss it!)
All rights reserved. DR (Danmarks Radio)
I had a few minutes to spare before the border crossing into Denmark, scheduled at 12PM. And I needed a little something to take care of those butterflies inside of me…
For now, you’ll have to imagine all the emotions that went through my head at this point, just 100 meters from the isolated Danish border post. Suffice it to say, it was a salty, strong moment for me. Unforgettable.
Happily back in Denmark.
For months I’d been waiting for this moment…and true friendship rarely disappoints.
Over the last 1.402 days I’ve cycled 62.000 km on an uninterrupted solo ride around the world – the longest in Danish history, by the way.
Since the departure from Denmark April 10, 2006 I’ve cycled through 53 countries on 6 continents and now, 4 years later, it’s almost over.
Tomorrow, Tuesday February 08, 2010 I’ll thus cross the Danish/German border at noon, 12.00PM at the Niehuus/Padborg crossing (see this link for more info).
Officially, the WT Expedition will finish at the Raadhuspladsen (Town Hall Square) in Copenhagen (more info to come on www.worldtravellers.dk).
If you feel like sharing that (personally) epic moment with me, well, see you tomorrow at the border at 12.00PM/noon then.
Nicolai (in Flensburg, Germany. 5 km to go…)
PS. Yes, I do drink hot coffee…
The following link shows a screen shot of the route I’ve cycled since I left Denmark on April 10, 2006.
6 continents, 52 countries, 1.400 days, and 61.500 km later I’m in Holland, only 500 km from home.
Click here for the WT Route Map 2006-2010
Nicolai (Enschede, Netherlands)