Travelled: 277 kilometres from Grogingen in The Netherlands to Gluckstadt in Germany.
Visited: Just the road, Elbe River Ferry €17
Stayed: Municipal Stellplatz on the canal in Gluckstadt, €10 and no services other than a bin. Wifi is free at the marina.
We don’t get away from Grogingen until after lunch, then we muck around at the nearest Lidl topping up on more beer, wine and some other German bits and pieces. It’s a long afternoon of driving but the roads are mostly excellent. From Grogingen the non-existant German border is only 50 kilometres away and we continue towards Hamburg. Once the 130kph limit drops off, the fast movers are on there way and we have a couple of black Audis give the Hymer a shake as they pass us at probably double our speed.
Then we turn off heading north-east towards Demark and the Elbe. The traffic slows as we go from dual to single carriageway and then back regularly. It’s mostly dairy country the smell of cows in huge sheds (not pleasant) fills the cab of the Hymer every now and then. We are surprised at how busy this road is, but it’s not really as the Elbe Ferry privides a short cut from The Netherlands and western Germany to Denmark and the north whilst avoiding the chaos of Hamburg.