I noticed large bags of cut wood that were sitting behind our hotel as they are preparing for
their COLD winters. After breakfast we got our bikes from the basement and headed out riding
in perfect conditions-- overcast, cool and no wind. However, we traveled on a short stretch of
gravel road, but opted to ride along the interstate so we didn't have to do more gravel roads.
Since it was Sunday, the road wasn't that busy.
As we approached Kalmar it appeared that a flying saucer was hovering over the city, but it was
only their communications tower. We got to tour the "BEST" castle in the world, Kalmar Castle.
We really enjoyed it as we had an English guided tour. We had lunch in the king's cafˇ!?! I had
the best carrot cake of my life and the food was inexpensive. The Swedish want their people to
be able to visit the historical sites without gouging them; not like the USA. All was great until
Aaron found someone had stolen his watch that he had left on his bike, like always. Everyone
was worried about us when we were in Poland and the Baltics when they should have been more
concerned about us in Sweden! We then walked around the town and got a couple of strawberry
milk shakes at $2.50 each at McDonald's. We figured we might need them to get thru the next
85K as we decided to ride to the south coast. The Swedish language has far too many vowels,
and the Polish have far too many consonants so they should share each others letters. And then
the Polish waste what few vowels they have by putting one at the end of the word!?
The ride was gorgeous with many cliffs. The milk cans that are still used as milk cans in Poland
are used as flower pots in Sweden. What a world of difference across the sea! I couldn't help but
notice the beautiful paintings on so many of their mailboxes. What a beautiful sunset on the Baltic
Sea as we arrived in Karlskrona. We stayed the night at First Hotel where our TV welcomed
"Erin Bishop!" Our window was inside a mall. It was too bad I still had a couple days riding left
or I could have done some power-shopping!