Cycling the beautiful Mosel River


Ganlose! New home near Copenhagen

Submitted by mag on Mon, 07/16/2018 - 03:57

From Lubeck we had a choice of ferry (about $150) or long drive.  We chose the long drive.  there was a long jam at the Danish border as they searched vehicles including ours for immigrants. They are very serious about not letting illegal immigrants sneak into their country and very happy they did not join the EU where so many problems abound.  From the border there were gorgeous long bridges as we crossed from Jutland (the peninsula) to Funen (middle island) to Zealand the main islands. Copenhagen is on the very eastern edge of Zealand.   The last bridge is over 20 km long and has a $40 toll.  It turns out there is really no cheap way to bring a vehicle into Copenhagen.  Denmark is one of the most expensive countries in Europe... we were happy to have stocked up on German wine!

The bridges were spectacular with views of lighthouses and ships of all kinds from sailing yachts to huge cargo vessels.   We were happy when we finally arrived in the quaint and charming town of Ganlose where our friends Jack and Linda had arranged a home exchange - a lovely home with a fabulouse garden and greenhouse.  Once we got settled and watered the many plants, I took off by bike to the nearby Spar Markt for essential groceries for dinner.  Within a km of the house there is  a windmill, the Ganlose Kirke, a Bagari (bakery) and a market.   A wonderful place to stay for a week!

In the morning we picked up Jack and Linda at the airport (they took the train from Malmo to avoid the $150 RT toll across the famous but very dear Oresunde bridge/tunnel). Once settled we all took off for a "short" (we thought) tour of the neighborhood and the route to Vaerlose where we can catch the S-tog to Copenhagen.  Without a much of a plan, a few wrong turns, and a very steep downhill run that we wanted to avoid on the home-ward windward segment... we wound up exploring all the logging roads in the area! We wandered like little red riding hoods through the forest on very rocky roads until we finally emerged at the proper route to Vaerlose and had an enjoyable ride along the bike trail back home.  Lovely dinner at the Ganlose Kro... all in walking distance from our charming home-for-a-week.