It was going to be a tedious 230 mile motorway ride from Møgeltønder in the South, to Hirtshals on the Northern tip of Denmark, where I'd booked an overnight ferry to Bergen and the fjordlands of Norway.
To break up the monotony of the journey, I stopped off briefly in Denmark's second-largest city Aarhus, on the East coast of the Jutland peninsula.
Parking the Triumph in a nearby alleyway, I took a stroll along Møllestien, a beautiful cobbled street of colourful houses that look well out of place amongst their metropolitan surroundings.
I had intended to visit Den Gamle By, an open air museum featuring centuries-old timber-frame buildings, but I had spent too much time at the excellent Ribe Viking Museum and was running perilously late.
It's a lovely little spot, with a charm all of its own, and has a quaint ancient village feel that almost makes you forget the bustling industrial quarter you just walked through to get to it.
Most of the houses still standing here were built in the late 19th century, replacing the timber-built originals, which dated back more than a hundred years before that.
Despite its cute facade, it has a surprisingly bloody history. In 1688, two women who lived on the street where burned at the stake for witchcraft.