Kattegattleden: Bike Highway of Sweden

I have recently fell in love with cycling. I started riding my bike to work. Granted I only live 2 miles from work but it is a great way to get exercise and use of my bike. I am also lucky I live on Long Island and am surrounded by tons of great bike paths.

It is why I jumped at the chance to apply for the cycling FAM in TBEX Stockholm.  3 days cycling north starting in Halmstead,

Although I love riding a bike I am not totally coordinated and also as we know I have physical condition that makes it harder for me to do things. I wanted to push myself. When I first got offered the trip I almost did not take it. I was scared I wouldn’t be able to keep up and I would embarrass myself. In the end I realized it didn’t matter if I was slower. I would do it in my own time and I would do it because I loved it.

Often I feel extra aware of my inabilities and it makes me feel very self conscious. I keep pushing myself to get past it. I couldn’t be happier that I did it.

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You can easily do the bike highway and spend very little money. Had I done it on my own I would have most certainly chosen from the many hostels that dot the bike highway or even camped out a few nights. I have mentioned before Sweden has that great law where you can camp on any public property for one night for free!

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However if you’re looking for luxury they have that too. The first night was spent at the Tylosand Hotel and Resort which is a live music venue, club, art gallery, spa and has 5 star restaurants on the property. We had dinner while the band played and then watched a nearly perfect sunset.

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The next day was biking the highway. We biked nearly 20km and also had a short mountain bike ride which I opted out of and took a walk near the water with the daughter of the women who owned the  Steninge Vandrarhem. It was such a cute hostel and restaurant. We enjoyed Swedish pancakes inspired by the sea and ice cream. We all know I am a sucker for ice cream.

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We cycled to Varberg which is a surfer city.  I had no idea Sweden even had a surf scene let alone such a hipster one. We enjoyed snacks and surf stories from the owners of Surf Saloon before finishing our day at Varberg’s Kusthotell.

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Once a children’s hospital it had been refurbished into a lovely hotel which specialized in thalassotherapy. Which is basically a spa involving sea water and salt water scrubs.

Dinner was at a Brazilian Rodizo, Restaurant Solviken. I had never been to a Brazilian restaurant and it was awesome. The wine flowed freely while we enjoyed seven courses of different meats.

Our last day we cycled a few miles to the the Varberg Fortress where we explored the grounds and saw the special summer exhibit on “Bike Power”. Bikes through out the years.

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It was a bittersweet goodbye at the end. I had come to love the south of Sweden very much.

If you are interested in cycling the bike highway here is the main site to plan your trip!

 

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