“This is where it all begins – and where it all ends” In Denmark, a tiny country where the highest point is 560 feet. Yes, the country is pretty much flat and only twice the size of the state of New Jersey (16,574 sq mi).
Status is… we have had at least 5 months of hard work before we left Denmark. Now you might think, that taken a year of to go traveling is not hard work – but there where so many things to do and people to hug before we could leave everything behind, especially because we don’t have a return ticket.
We had a “goodbye” party at my (Camilla) parents’ house. All my family and lots of other friends joint us for pizza. We had a great time!
My grandmother is 84 years old and she is my BIGGEST idol. She goes to the gym every Tuesdays and Thursdays. Monday, Wednesday and Friday she swims 20*25 meters (547 yards) at 7 am. She uses her bicycle for transportation and last year she did more than 5000 km (3000 miles). I gave her a 1000-hugs!
Peter Weiss was at the party – he got us connected the a Motorcycle store called MOTOPIA, just north of Oakland, California. They have a used motorcycle for sale that we could be interested in buying.
After the party we still had two days to pack all of our things for the trip.
Trying to fit as much a possible in my new TOURATECH duffle bag the day before departure
All our gear is packed into 4 backs… and YES we have more gear this time compared to our first trip in 2009.
We will tell you more about “all the gear” when we have to load up the motorcycles.
The travel to the US got delayed. First our train to the airport was cancelled (we took the next one). When we got to the airport the flight the Stockholm was delayed. Esben decided to load up on the special Danish rye bread, which we will miss during our travel.
In Stockholm the flight to Oakland was delayed, but we got to hang out in the lounge before departure. Esben manage the eat a salad + one beer and after that squeeze down 3 good size pieces of chocolate cake in less than 15 minutes. There was only a few pieces left, when we left the lounge.
Finally, in Oakland we went through immigration after the mandatory question “How much money do you have on your bank account?”
Our good friend Emily picked us up at the airport and took us to her place in Oakland. Our very good friends Michael and Heidi were in town (they moved to Georgia), so we joined them for dinner… really Esben how much can you eat on one day? Thank God the time difference added 9 hours to our day.
Michael and Heidi invited us to a beach house in Aptos – now the weekend was planned. Heading for Aptos in the rental car/monster truck