318km Total: 318km 4h 24m Total: 4h 24m 441km Total: 441km
This years trip is meant to go to Italy and Malta.
To avoid too much dull motorway riding when I'm going this far south I've chosen as many shortcuts on trains and ferries on the way down as I possibly can.
Unfortunately I got the message that the train I'd booked from Hamburg to Innsbruck had been cancelled due to a strike just the day before departure so that really threw a spanner in the works as far as routing was concerned.
Instead of travelling in the "comfort" of a bunk through almost all of Germany I will now have to ride the almost 1000kms (620mi) on the autobahn.
I've already booked hotels and ferries so I'll just have to bite the bullet and try and get through most of Germany tomorrow.
But today's stint is and easy one as I'm not going further than Göteborg and the ferry to Kiel.
As per usual I've not managed to switch over from my usual nighttime circadian rhythm so I really haven't slept much and I leave early.
I use the relatively lengthy margin to the ferry's departure for pretty frequent stops, the first one as near as the Göta Kanal lock in Sjötorp.
The timing of my arrival in Göteborg couldn't have been any worse, the traffic was either just crawling or at a complete gridlock.
I had an enormous margin to begin with but I was left with just 45 minutes when I checked in to the ferry to Kiel.
But I'm finally aboard the ferry and It's definitely going to be an early evening as the entertainment value on tomorrows riding won't be very high.
There are no dramatic changes to the set-up from last year.