TUBT-13 – Göta Kanal Edition. Day #1

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This is day one of our bike trip, named The Ultimate Bike Trip 2013 – Göta Kanal Edition, or TUBT-13 (yeah, I know, we watch too much TV, sue us). We started this morning by taking our everyday bikes and all our bags to my mother’s where we prepped our TUBT bikes with every possible gadget imaginable.

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Then we packed ourselves, our bikes, our bags and my mother into the car and mum kindly drove us to Mariestad, three hours away, where our trip began.

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The plan is to ride along the Göta canal, partly because biking is fun and good for both body and soul and partly because a canal trip by boat was way too expensive. It looks like we will be going for about 250 km (155 miles, give or take) but we won’t know for sure until we’re finished.

Since day one involved a lot of car driving we didn’t want a too long bike ride and only did 17 km (10,7 miles) today.

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As we rode from Mariestad we followed the lake Vänern, Sweden’s biggest lake. If you look closely you might see the sailing boat in the middle.

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Pretty soon we had a change of scenery though, and went on a dirt road through the woods.

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The long and not so winding road. We only crossed this road though, and continued on our dirt road. When the dirt road ended we continued on the country road for a few kilometers where we were passed by big lorries going very fast and it wasn’t that nice at all.

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When we finally arrived at our destination for the day, the Börstorp castle, we were greeted by these little sweeties, two calves that were grazing near the road.

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The castle itself is pretty mighty, but we’re only having breakfast in there tomorrow morning. Instead we’re spending the night in a connecting building such as the one on the picture below.

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Please note the canon! Good to have in case the Russians come (or something like that, I doubt you could scare away any burglars with it). Our building looks exactly like this one but is to the left outside the picture.

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We took a walk in the surroundings and tried to avoid stepping in cow dirt.

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If the cows were curious when we came, this cat was more reluctant to greet us and stayed safely in it’s chute.

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In Mariestad we also ran into a yarn sale. UnFortunately, we can’t bring more than we can carry on our bike and all our bags are pretty full. I wouldn’t want to have to leave my rain coat due to execive yarn shopping. At least not on this trip.

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Now it’s getting a bit late and it’s time to pick up the knitting for a few rows before bed time. Stay tuned for day #2 of the TUBT-13 – Göta Kanal Edition. Good night!

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