Gray day outside, temperatures are going down and evil weathermen are talking about snow.
This is the time to reveal the inability of today's transport system to transport kayaks and the like. Very troublesome if you don't have a car.
Long time ago:
In the fair Kingdom Of Denmark the postal service is privatised to better the service and lower the cost. Same thing happens to the cargo transport by rail. And there is much rejoicing.
In the same Kingdom, a man makes an inquiry about the cost to send his 5,2 m. and 30 kg. kayak by ‘Post Danmark’, the semi private postal service. ‘No can do’ is the answer, ‘it is longer than 2 m.’.
‘No problem’ the man think ‘Post Danmark has competitors because of the privatization so maybe UPS can do it’. But they can't, and DHL and everyone else involved in parcel service cannot either. Not that they don't have the vehicles to drive it, but it’s too big for their scanning devices (they obviously haven't heard of hand held scanners).
‘Then the rail system must be able to do it’ he thinks, but alas, the cargo by rail is now on german hands, and they are only interested in dealing with companies who needs to move a lot of goods.
The freight companies moving cargo by lorries won't do it either. ‘It’s the insurance’ they say. ‘It only cover damage if you are a company, and you are a worthle.., umm, private person’.
One place a nice logistic assistant by the name of Kenneth say yes. ‘We, The Blue Water, will lift your kayak from our terminal in Albertslund (Denmark) to our terminal in Göteborg (Sweden) if we have spare room in our truck. You will deliver and pick up your kayak at the terminals yourself’. ‘For that we will charge you 1250 DKR. (220 US$, 139 GB£, 168 EURO) each way’ (It’s a 4 hour drive).
So: Only one company in Denmark seems to be able to transport a kayak, and with that in mind, no competitors at all, their price is almost fair. But I have a sneaking feeling of living in a developing country transportation of cargo wise.