Distance: 57.4 km
Ride time: 3:40:14
Average: 15.7 km/h
Max speed: 35.3 km/h
Total: 58201 km
Day 2200 on the road, 6 years and 8 days since I left Copenhagen with the idea of cycling around the world, and now I was about to finish it all.
My first thought as I started to pack my tent was how much I will miss this nomadic lifestyle. The fresh air, the exercise, the new friends, the extraordinary landscapes of our planet, that fact that all my belongings fit into 3 bags, the hospitality of strangers, and above all the freedom. Then I attached my bags to my bike as I have done so many mornings over the last years. After all, it was time to go home.
The towers at the Cathedral of Roskilde welcomed me proudly to the suburbs of Copenhagen. There was nothing foreign or exotic about the landscapes, and I knew my way by heart; no need to look at maps or the GPS anymore.
For a moment I considered to turn around, make it down through Europe the same way I had just come up, but I realized that this would be the easy solution. For the last six years the predominant goal in my life had been to cycle around the world. When I sometimes stopped for a job or for a break it was always with the thought in the back of my mind that the cycling would continue. Now I would have to find something else to occupy my body and mind with. Perhaps a scary thought at first, but being the optimist that I am, also an exciting position in life. The end of one adventure, but at the same time the beginning of a new.
I had told my family and friends that I would be arriving at Town Hall Square at 4 o’clock, but before that I had a visit to make. I truly wished my mom would have been able to wait for me there at the square together with the rest of my family. Now her presence would have to be more of a spiritual one; after this important stop I could sense her smile from above as I continued on.
It felt utterly strange to be cycling through the busy streets of Copenhagen where other cyclists were going back from work on a perfectly ordinary day. I went to a coffee shop and sat down to savour the moment of being so close to the finish line. The feeling of actually having completed what I sat out to do six years ago, despite all the challenges and all the hardships. The feeling of joy and accomplishment was intense.
I thought about the people I met and the almost unbelievable amount of help and hospitality I have received in every corner of the world. I couldn’t have made it without you and will be forever grateful. Thank you. If you take one thing away from all of this, it should be: The world is a much better place than the media would make you think these days.
I then turned around the final corner and cycled into the Town Hall Square where my family and friends were waiting. This has been the best six years of my life. Thanks for letting me share them with you.