Sweden/Denmark Trip: Trolley Cycling

(journal entry from August 27, 2019)

This morning we woke up and decided to take a walk around outside our Airbnb. It is this cute little red cottage that is on a mini farm – complete with a few sheep. 🙂

As we were walking around, we stumbled into our hosts, Emily and Frederik. We chatted with them for quite a while. They told us that their farm (and all the buildings on it, including the little cottage we were staying in) used to be used as a summer camp.

At one point in the conversation, we were talking about what things there are to do in the area and they mentioned Trolley Cycling. It intrigued us, so we decided to look into it. 🙂

We went back inside, ate breakfast, and then got packed up and ready to head out for the day.

We are staying tonight in the same area (not same Airbnb though) and we have a pretty free schedule today, just with a few specific things that we want to squeeze in as this is our last day in the Osby area.

We invited my parents to do the trolley cycling activity with us, but they weren’t interested so we just dropped them off in a little town called Broby (where the trolley cycling was as well) so they could walk around and go to a few shops and such.

After driving back and forth to a few different places, wondering where/how to rent the trolley cycle, we finally ended up at the right place.

We went to the little shop to pay and get the key to unlock the trolley cycle and then we headed to the railway.

The trolley is basically a bike (the wheels connect to the railroad track) on one side, with a seat/bench next to it and a third wheel that connects to the track on the other side.

You just pedel the bike like a normal bike and it rolls down the track.

In the past, these inspection trolleys were used by the railway staff, but today many of these railways are no longer in use. Instead, the trolleys can now be rented and you get to bike down unused railroad tracks through the forests and countryside of Skåne.

We had a blast. We couldn’t stop laughing. 🙂 Since it was the off season, and also a weekday morning, we had the track all to ourselves. Along the way, we stopped to explore a moss carpeted pine forest that was so beautiful and peaceful.

This wasn’t on our original itinerary for this trip (since we didn’t know that it existed), but we are so glad we got to do this. Such a fun experience. 🙂

After we were done with the Trolley Cycling, we met back up with my parents and went to a secondhand store. I found a Swedish table runner, a wall hanging, and a candle holder. I am excited to use them in our home and help to bring in more Swedish touches.

After the secondhand store, it was time for lunch so we stopped by the grocery store and picked some things to put together for lunch. We decided to drive to Osby lake to have a picnic over there and we ended up in the middle part of the lake where there is a peninsula (a piece of narrow land that extends out into the middle of water.)

We got lucky and there was a picnic table, on a dock so we were pretty much on the lake. It was fun to look across the lake and think about where Swen and Thilda (and their kids) were most likely baptized.

After eating out lunch, we decided to go for a little walk on the peninsula. It was just a wooded area with a walking path and had views of the lake. As we started walking, I saw a cute, unique mushroom so I decided to take a picture of it. … and that turned into taking several pictures of several unique mushrooms during our walk. I think I ended up with photos of over 20 different mushrooms. They were all so cute and looked like they were straight out of a storybook.

After our walk, we decided to go check into our Airbnb since it was close by and my mom wanted to check to see if her luggage was delivered (she was still waiting for it to be delivered and we were really hoping today would be the day since we head up north tomorrow).

When we got to the Airbnb, we had to wait a few minutes to check in since we were a little early. We were also happy to find that my mom’s luggage was indeed delivered that day. Such a relief! She was very happy to be able to put on new garments and clothes after wearing the other ones for 4 days straight. haha.

 

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