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Esbjerg to Copenhagen cycle trip (2011)

Packing for cycle trip Packing for cycle trip
Preparing our panniers, the night before the trip.
Gareth Gareth
We board the train at Liverpool Street station.
Olympic Stadium Olympic Stadium
Work is progressing well on the 2012 Olympic Stadium.
Olympic Stadium Olympic Stadium
View of the stadium from our train out of Liverpool Street.
ArcelorMittal Orbit under construction ArcelorMittal Orbit under construction
The red tower of steel has been designed by Anish Kapoor and will offer observation platforms.
Paul Paul
We occupy an area between carriages until the guard moves us to the dedicated bicycle carriage.
Gareth Gareth
Gareth on the train from Manningtree.
Paul Paul
Paul on the train from Manningtree.
Gareth at ferry terminal Gareth at ferry terminal
We have to wait about half an hour before boarding the DFDS ferry.
Paul at ferry terminal Paul at ferry terminal
There's a 17-hour crossing between us and Denmark.
Parking bikes on ferry Parking bikes on ferry
We struggle for twenty minutes to make sense of the cables provided on the car deck.
Bikes on ferry Bikes on ferry
Eventually we have to give up on the cables, and lock our bikes to the nearest pipe.
Classic car on ferry Classic car on ferry
This car was quite a spectacle on the car deck, especially when attempting a three-point turn.
Our cabin on DFDS Seaways Our cabin on DFDS Seaways
We were pleasantly surprised with the modern and well-equipped cabin on board our ferry.
Gareth enjoys dinner in cabin Gareth enjoys dinner in cabin
We bought a picnic dinner prior to boarding, to avoid the hefty prices on board.
Gareth on deck Gareth on deck
On the deck of our ferry, Dana Sirena.
Harwich International Port Harwich International Port
The port of Harwich as we depart.
Harwich International Port Harwich International Port
There are regular crossings from Harwich to both Denmark and the Netherlands.
Paul on deck Paul on deck
Sunshine as we leave Harwich.
Leaving Harwich Leaving Harwich
In the distance, a Danish Maersk Line container ship.
DFDS in Harwich DFDS in Harwich
Another DFDS Seaways ship docked in Harwich.
Peninsula Peninsula
A small peninsula just south of the town of Felixstowe.
Sailing out of Harwich Port Sailing out of Harwich Port
We'll be at sea for 17 hours.
Gareth Gareth
Gareth on the deck as we leave Harwich.
Paul Paul
Paul on board MS Dana Sirena.
Paul Paul
Paul on the DFDS Seaways ferry.
Gareth Gareth
Gareth looks out to sea.
Harwich International Port Harwich International Port
Goodbye Great Britain.
DFDS Seaways DFDS Seaways
At 18:00, we begin our long crossing of the North Sea.
Gareth Gareth
Gareth enjoys the sunshine on deck.
Gareth Gareth
We now have time to relax ahead of our 320 km cycle ride.
Paul Paul
Paul looks out to sea from the DFDS ferry.
Navigation screen Navigation screen
Our cabin television has a dedicated channel, showing our position at sea.
View from DFDS porthole View from DFDS porthole
Looking out to sea through the porthole.
Sunset at sea Sunset at sea
The sun sets over the North Sea.
DFDS ferry DFDS ferry
There are 196 cabins on board Dana Sirena.
Gareth Gareth
Breakfast is served as we approach the Danish coast.
Paul Paul
Breakfast offers an excellent buffet of cereal, fruit, pastries, meats, cheeses and cooked food.
Peugeot salt and pepper Peugeot salt and pepper
Apparently the French car-maker also produces salt and pepper grinders…
DFDS at sea DFDS at sea
Containers on our ship.

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