Following the rainy and short third day on the bike, we were welcomed by sunshine immediately in the morning on the fourth day. Fortunately, our clothes and bags were dried overnight. This meant that we could pack everything in a relaxed manner. We wanted to start early and make the most of the day.

We had originally planned to ride about 70 km on this fourth day, but we definitely had to add the kilometers from the previous day, which we were unable to complete due to the rain. Despite everything, this decision turned out to be the only right one.

But then this happened: when we were almost ready to leave, the binding on Björn's bike shoes completely disintegrated and the shoe fell off his foot. What options did we have to fix the shoe? Duct tape it up? Wrap cable ties around it? Of course, all this could have worked, but it would not have been a permanent solution for the next few days on the bike.

Again, luckily, we were still in Hvide Sande, which meant that there were a few stores selling outdoor accessories and clothing. New cycling shoes? No way. It was going to be weatherproof outdoor shoes. No problem thanks to Björn's two-sided pedals. The only catch? The stores didn't open until about an hour later - which meant we had to wait.

Björn entered the outdoor store right after it opened and walked out a few minutes later with new shoes, he said goodbye to the old ones, and now we could finally really set off.

We were in high hopes that from this moment on, the day could only get better. After all, we had tailwind and a sense that the landscape would be particularly beautiful on this day. In addition, we had also selected an exciting shelter site for this evening.

Due to the tailwind, we made really good progress and quickly made up for our kilometer deficit. Due to the longer break the day before, we felt additionally full of energy.

In the small harbor town of Thorsminde we took a short lunch break. Here we had a great view of the Nissum Fjord and the North Sea, which meet there.

As we had already expected: with every pedal stroke and every kilometer we covered, the nature became more and more beautiful. The paths took us very close to the coast of the North Sea, so that while riding we could watch the waves on the sea again and again and absorb the fresh air deep inside us.

The strong wind that day was pushing the waves with great force against the rocks and beaches. The sky was darkening again and the atmosphere was breathtaking.

Our route took us right along the edge of the impressive cliff Bovbjerg Klint, which is part of the UNESCO Global Geopark West Jutland. The impressive cliff shows traces of the Elster, Saale and Vistula ice ages.

From a distance, we could also see the lighthouse Bovbjerg Fyr and the small coastal village Ferring. One thing we can say, this was so far the biggest highlight on our route on the North Sea Coastal Cycle Route. In retrospect, we were even glad that the sky was not blue or the sun was shining because so everything got a much more impressive mood.

We were getting closer and closer to our destination for the day and gradually the sky was clearing up. Just in time for the evening, even a sunset was waiting for us on this day. How beautiful it would become, we could not even guess at this point.

We also met and said hello to the family from Belgium, whom we had already met the previous day, several times that day. No surprise, since they had about the same destination as us.

Our destination on this day four was set for the first time even before we had left: Thyborøn. We reached it after about 94 km.

Thyborøn is a small town in the Danish region of Midtjylland. It is located on the North Sea coast on the northern tip of the headland Harboøre Tange, which is separated from the headland Agger Tange by the Thyborøn Channel. From there, we also wanted to take the ferry the next day.

The beach in Thyborøn is quite impressive and at the same time quite thought-provoking. The former fortification in Thyborøn was part of the historical Atlantic Wall, the defense line of the German occupying forces during World War II. Today, the historical remains are partly covered with sand, others can still be visited.

While there were bunkers all along the coastline of Jutland, Thyborøn is a special location. There are more than 60 bunkers spread all over the sandy beach.

For this night, we had chosen a special shelter - between the dunes, directly by the sea in the protection of an old bunker. This is officially used as a shelter, but due to its location it does not have toilets, a water connection or a fireplace. For us, this was no reason not to use this shelter for the night. About 1 km away there were toilets and water, and so we had everything we needed.

We had been worried that this particular spot might already be taken by other fellow bike travelers, but that wasn't the case. However, since the bunker itself was a bit too scary for us to simply spread out our sleeping bags in it, we pitched our tent in the entrance under the roof. So, we were protected from the wind and could make ourselves comfortable for the night.

The sun was slowly setting in the sky, and we were only a dune away from seeing the sun set on the horizon. We also didn't miss the chance to finally enjoy some seawater on our skin on the fourth day. The temperatures and the sun allowed for it, and so we had a refreshing swim in the cold waves.

We didn't cook that night because we had some leftovers that we ate and then we fell into our sleeping bags with our heads full of impressions that now had to be processed ... the end of the day was perfect.

At that point, we didn't yet knew what would be in store for us the next morning ...