After 2041 km riding through 4 countries we arrived at the City hall of Copenhagen!
There was a concert on the square with several kiosks selling food and drinks and also a lot of people…. but it was not for us.
It was part of an initiative of an association to increase the level of awareness on the issue of torture.
We had several contacts in the last few months with representatives of the City of Copenhagen and the Danish Cyclist Association, but none of them was present.
The city of Copenhagen organized a special event for the start of the IPCC work at the beginning of this week and had not more funds for any other event to welcome us.
Not even the Danish Cyclist Association, which had given us a formal support from the beginning, was able to involve a few people to ride with us for some symbolic km or to welcome us on the square.
But we were in any case full of happiness because in these 17 days we have really understood that, when travelling, the journey that you’re doing is often more important than the arrival at the final destination, and when you ride by bicycle this concept becomes absolutely clear.
We have cycled through such nice landscapes that it was impossible to capture them in single pictures.
We saw the variety of life with deer running not far from us and one of them crossing the road in front of us at night, a multitude of hawks, a squirrel running in front of the place where we were sleeping, a poor fox just run over by a car and an incredible variety of birds.
At every stop we met people interested in understanding the reason of our project and in the evening events we had great opportunities to discuss with experts and motivated people various issues connected with climate change, creating a sort of ideal network.
We experimented warm, cold, wind, rain, humidity, fog and serious problems with our bikes but we were determined to arrive in Copenhagen and we succeeded.
It is important to remind everyone that the meaning of our ride goes beyond the challenge of two people riding for 17 days.
On Sunday the content of the IPCC 5AR Synthesis Report will be presented. We hope that each of you will pay great attention to the content of this document as reported by the media.
This experience of Ride With Us is over, but the large support we had during this trip has convinced us that the crazy idea of promoting an invasion of bicycles in Paris in December 2015 is not so crazy.
Now let us take a rest and come back to our ordinary life… but we’ll come back soon with the crazy Paris idea.