Black and white Cows.
The night in the hotel was not very good, my mattress having about as much support as a sheet of paper. I wanted to avoid driving through or around Hamburg. Unfortunately, Hamburg has the first road crossing over the river Elbe, and it always very busy. So after checking the map, I decided to try the Elbe ferry at Gluckstadt. This turned out to be a very relaxing 15-20 minute crossing.
We headed towards Bremen and then Groningen before deciding to head to Utrecht. This was a very good destination in the end. We stayed in a 5 * hotel in the town center, and spent the rest of the day walking around the town. Very busy with a lot of students, and crazy cyclists, its a town i would like to visit again sometime.