Cycling northeast: Boels Bro Through open landscapes past Vollsmose, manors and working class decay towards this trip's unknown highlight: Boels Bro

Cycling northeast: Boels Bro
Sport | Monday d. 27. Apr. - Sunday d. 3. May. 2020 | Boels Bro, 5330 Munkebo | Price: 0 Kr. | Written by: Bo Jessen | Translated by: Laura Malahovska

Location: Boels Bro
Organizer: Dig selv

This tour takes you out into the open countryside and blooming rapeseed fields and is perfect for a day with lots of sun, but without too much wind. You can download the route here.

You cycle out of town along Skt. Jørgensvej. Here it is worth noting the most incoherent link between the city center and a suburb of Odense's otherwise rather incoherent roads out of town. Past the old townhouse idyll with hollyhocks and newly planted rainbeds, past ... Yes, past what? On the left, a terrible newly built two-story apartment building, a funeral stone business, over the railway, the sad big-box store area by Biltema and Bauhaus. On the right Vandcenter Syd, the firefighters' playground, a parking lot and a gas station. Over the multi arrowed crosslight on one of the oversized roads that surround Vollsmose, through a suburban landscape, over the River Odens, and with a little maneuver through the street junction in Åsum along Ryttervejen / Rågelundvej to the east.

Past the Åsum church, some of Odense's finest older timber frame houses, up the steep hill and past the former Åsum Assembly House, which is now - quite obviously - taken over by the Harbours Gourmet (Havnens Gourmet). You have now started on what is many kilometers of meditative pedaling without the great external forces.

So, had it not been for the season that spoils you with sweet bouquets of scent from the hundreds of rapeseed fields that - right now - are in full bloom, a natural intermezzo by the River Vejrup, where the road goes steeply up and down, hides the fantastic dilapidated canning factory, located on Mejerivej, well hidden by the trees that are taking over the area. It is reportedly still in use (?) and resembles a mix between Danish welfare construction from the 70s, the hidden - and now vanishing - post-war avant-garde architecture from St. Petersburg, which probably was a rebellion against Stalin, a farm and Danish industrial architecture from the beginning of the 20th century. Yes, you should see it for yourself.

Follow the Mejerivej past a - at this time especially - beautiful willow forest on your left. Turn left on Kertemindevej onto the cycle path. Then you can choose two things: you can continue straight on Odensevej if you would like to see Ulriksholmbakken. First turn left onto Hundslevgyden and follow it until you reach Ulriksholmvej, where the hill starts on the left under the crowns of ancient chestnut trees and up past Ulriksholm Estate, once owned by Christians IV's illegitimate son. Granted - this is perhaps the most beautiful road, but we instead have to turn left on Ørnefeldtvej. Here you also find a chestnut alley, Ørnfeldt Estate, and then you pass Geels Kro, where there is a memorial to the opponent, Gunnar Carlo Nielsen, of the Walther group, who was killed by the Gestapo here in a fight in 1944. The rest of the group was deported to concentration camps.

Turn left at the end of Ulriksholmvej, continue on Kølstrupvej with a bit of beech forest on your right and fields on your left. Close to the imposing manor, Østergård, which also allegedly once belonged to the same illegitimate son and now the Liberal Fischer-Boel family.

Turn right onto Kølstrupvej, which leads you past Munkebo's newly built neighborhood overlooking the inlet. Through the roundabouts, up the hill, under Kertemindelandevejen, and you’re in Munkebo. An inlet village divided between fishermen and farmers, home to the painter, Lars Rastrup. A town that then became a shipyard worker village and that is now ... on its way to a new place. - "Monkæbothæ", of the word monk and "bo" - building for temporary residence. A city that has always been on its way to something new and which can brag about some of Denmark's finest Viking treasures. A composite place, one must say.

You must cycle straight through Bycentervej - the name smells like a reality created when the Lindø shipyard boomed, the ultimate dream was a redstone house and the Asian and Eastern European shipyards were not yet competitive. Past Munkebo's famous skating rink, to the right of Lindøallé, through the roundabout. Now you are in the middle of Munkebo's industrial center. Where the plane trees still stand tall and well-trimmed and have a height that corresponds to the age of the shipyard's heydays, but where retail areas in the center always seem empty. Turn left in the small roundabout and up Rosendalen.

Continue up the Rosendalen, where a steep hill takes hold - in fact, it is Munkebo Hill you are on, which you can visit by turning right on Loddenhøjen Allé, but you don’t have to. If you continue straight, you’ll reach Boels Bro, one of Fyn's steepest hills that descend towards Odense Fjord, and where you have a fantastic view of the fjord and all the way to the lighthouse on Enebærodde.

You must go down the hill and meet the fjord, look towards the Lindø, and then look up again - approx. 500 meters with an average rise rate of 8%. When your legs hurt, you can maybe think about what it's like to work in the engine room of one of the many container ships that have past behind you.

You have to cycle back through Munkebo, towards the oversized avenue that leads the morning workers down to the Lindø yard and back towards Odense to Kertemindelandevejen. A noisy stretch of road with a poor bike path, but it doesn't matter too much - you're on your way home.

36 km. An altitude of 190 meters. Through open countryside, past mansions to a killer hill with a view.

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Written by Bo Jessen

Odense er et had-kærlighedsforhold. Det er byen som betyder meget for mig, men som jeg kun kan bo i hvis jeg lægger mine kræfter i at forandre den. Jeg føler et ansvar for hver halvfyldte koncert o...

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