Trelleborg to Odense

It was a blazing hot day, as it has been for a while. People seem quite relieved that they are having some decent weather.

Trelleborg reconstruction

I got as far as Odense, about 50 miles cycling, having spent a couple of hours at Trelleborg. I haven’t had much time to spend in museums, but did want to visit at least one Viking site. Trelleborg is of course the most famous.


Copenhagen: IT Pol and Danish digital rights

Niels Larsen, of IT Pol

I met Niels Larsen and a couple of the IT Pol (English pages) crew yesterday, so talked about the digital rights challenges in the UK and Denmark.

I talked about the current surveillance data collection proposals (the Comms Data Bill); and Niels and IT Pol told me about a few disturbing Danish policies.



Tim Dobson asked me what my set up was like, so here it is. I can’t claim anything original or exciting, but here it is.


I used a very cheap one man tent from Gelert. It was too small for my luggage, so next time I’ll try to find one with storage space. Given it was summer, I used an oldish cheap sleeping bag, which I would change another time.

I bought a very small Thermarest roll up, inflatable mattress, which was very good and took little space in the panniers.

Cooking equipment

I took no cooking equipment, not least because I had no space. I wouldn’t have worked well, carrying oil, washing up liquid…

Using Open Street Maps on a Garmin

As you may know, I am today taking a ferry from Harwich to Esbjerg in Denmark, from where I hope to cycle for about three and a half weeks. I’ve already learnt a few things about my bike, including that nearly nobody seems to mount lights near the front wheel anymore, and that carbon forks can’t support front panniers. So I might be downgrading my forks sometime.

But what I want to share a bit of information about is how Garmin and OpenCycleMaps function, and how you get the Garmin unit to give you sensible directions. It isn’t as straightforward as you may think, and I have to say I think it is mostly Garmin’s fault.

Let’s start with choosing a OSM map and using it for routing on…

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