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Amanda takes a few days to ride and decompress in Denmark. Along the way she finds food, friends, trails and adventures, but most of all, she finds balance.

As I stood on my tiptoes with the waves aggressively carrying me further away from the shore, I felt like I was like looking at the world through several Instagram filters… varying shades of blue and moonlight teasing the hazy silhouettes of docked boats. The outline of our hotel in the distance was just enough to convince me it was reality.

I could hear muffled shouts of concern from my adventure buddies. It was nighttime, I’d been drinking rum, and I was in the North Sea off the coast of Denmark. This is no doubt a regular occurrence for many of the locals, but for me it was quite new. I’ve been scared of the sea for most of my adult life. Although I don’t have some far-fetched tale of a near shark attack or a jellyfish encounter, I’d just developed a huge anxiety around open water. Yet there I was trusting the water to take me wherever it wanted, with only the moon providing any light.

I started to make my way back to the group, relieved that there was no way they could see that I’d been crying – not from fear or frostbite, but from an overwhelming happiness that I had overcome another of my stupid anxiety-induced quirks. One of many things I can thank Denmark for.

Think of Denmark

When you think of Denmark, you’d be forgiven for having mountain biking low down the list of highlights. After all, it’s quite a flat country and it rains a lot. Not exactly prime riding conditions. And there’s the wind, too. What we would consider to be a blustery day is a gentle breeze in the North of Denmark. But when it rains, it’s brief, and it dries up equally quickly. The wind serves a purpose too – it stops you from being tricked into thinking you’re in a remake of The Truman Show. At times the only sounds or movement are given by the wind, a reality check you often need when surrounded by untouched landscapes and fairy-tale woodland.

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