Last nights sleepy spot
On the Rhine (60.4714620 8.305374)
Hours and hours of mind numbing Auto routes in France.. Belgium (The Cook hates Belgium ) and Germany although it has to be said the German Juggernauts did behave impeccable and kept to the right hand lane ..The Cook amuses herself with her childish lavatorial humour being satisfied at most Motor way exits with a cheery Ausfahrt.. German for exit ..sniggers ..
We roll into Austria ..Grab a vignette €9.40 (tax for use of Austrian roads) at the services and there is the Tyrol ..Mountains ..Snow.. and Heidi houses .. The rain stopped and a hint of sun warmed us up .. It’s was a beautiful sight
Tolls came next .. €9-40 followed by a tantrum from The Cook as she tried to pay ..find cash .. open door ..too close to machine to climb out forwards ..reverse and squeeze out backwards .. Put the arm up said He ..Will give you more room .. Cant .. says She .. Have to hang on TT the arm as it’s as high as a lorry and no step to speak of ..The Cook has made up a new swear word for the indignity of being squashed between a toll machine and Hetty Hymer .. Never to be repeated ..Pride and bottom bruised on a non alcohol day ..Naw.. That’s tomorrow 😂😎♥️
After another peaceful sleep in the carpark at Oberammagau but our need to empty the facilities was getting nearer ..Not worrying too much I went on line as I was still on vodafone network to our very helpful website searchforsites.co.uk which came up with an empty only spot …Ok HE said lets go ..In other countries such as Spain n Italy there are these facilities at Motorway service stations but we have yet to see one in Germany ..This secret sneaky emptying and rubbish dumps up a mountain at 3600 ft was at a Ski village by the look of it and in by the back door went us..Where we found water..an empty service point and bins ..For any one struggling to find a spot like this its at GPS 47.427671 10.94166..and onwards we trot a little lighter to a place called HORN on the shore of Lake Constance on the Swiss side..
Horn …well a bird and a sailboat behind its post …
The drive continued through what we thought to be the high alpine meadows..but even as we dropped down to another valley we were still at 3000 ft..Green lush flower strewn with cows and Ski lifts ..Gamish Partenkirken was one of them and John says its one of the venues for Ski Sunday ont telly ..The sky was over cast with a hint of rain in the air but as we wandered on it became apparent there was a storm brewing ..our excuse to pull off the road in a carpark ..where a nice chap gave us his 24 hour parking ticket so we stayed ..This village was Buhl am Alpsee and the carpark was for tourists going to the lake down below ..No tourists tonight as the heavens opened and the rain came down ..not that we cared we had Fray Bentos Steak n Kid pie ..Mushy peas and Oven roasted potato wedges which is the only solution for a wet Monday night
Just an aside …..The German road signs tickle our infantile sense of humour with Ausfhart which means exit and Einfhart meaning enter …But when we saw a sign to Wesslewang via Wank …well need I say more….
I was getting a little bored with Germany until realising we are just a cat spit away from the Black Forest route …info re: Black Forest Regroup and got my mojo working again ..A TUNE IS CALLED FOR all together La la la la singing “A walk in the Black Forest “ A tune from the 60’s ..Horst Jankowski
John found a new hat ……In Triburg…..Lots of cuckoo clocks ..one the size of a house ..We originally park up for the night opposite this clock but as it cuckoo’d every 15 mins decided to move on .. I wanted to buy my Ruby one but ….Lets start for a decent one at €200…This is the town that had American as the language of the info leaflet …No English ?? But as my cousin twice removed has informed me ..This part of Germany was occupied by the U S of A forces back in the late 40’s post WW2 ..Now I understand but I am still going on about it to John ..
An overnight stay was a hillside carpark with a river to one side and very quiet ..Only us in it but seemed safe enough ..well Im here to tell the tale ..Didn’t see a axe murderer …Its just outside Triberg GPS 48.13596 8.25298..
Wonderful scenery ..lots of trees ..yawns ..Yes Ok its nice but all to clean for me..not even a dead rabbit on the roads …Give me the Mediterranean countries every time and as we crossed the border into France I breathed a sigh of relief ..I don’t know why but I won’t be back any time soon ..We are now in Alsace ..France and going to do the wine trail tomorrow up to Severin …Then where ???
The map shows the loose interpretation of the intended route by road and sea
AN EXCITING 24 HOURS
The adventure started well until the first traffic jam ..
Then the fatal crash on the opposite carriageway .. (Bodies)…
Then the alternator belt started its whine.. This has been fixed .. Oh No it hasn’t .. New alternator New belt Grrrrr HE says its bedding in and needs adjusting.. I say it should be good to go as its a reputable garage that fitted it .. Make my hair stand on end when it screeches
Then the radio wouldn’t work .. No leccy to it .. I blamed the burglar alarm fitter..
THEN the water heater didn’t work
We put a message asking for advice from a Facebook group called Classic Hymers … Hetty is a Classic Hymer
Lots of help came back very quickly.. It’s the fuse someone said ..
Rang Ashley at Pendle Caravan and Motorhome repairs and he talked John though the intricacies of potential problems as he had to open up the boiler area .. Removing drawers and finding the offending circuit board
Yes the fuse had blown .. Now to go off to Canterbury to find a Maplins .. Of cause the store was two bus rides away at the other side of town
Fuse bought ALSO came out with a Dash Cam .. So now we can film the Arse who may run into us ..
Back to Hetty via Canterbury Cathedral .. Magically Spendid
Lots of useful info had come in from CH group re: fixing the boiler
A bite of lunch before J started … One hour later it’s fixed .. What a star of a husband I have ..Next the radio.. Wires out … Now fixed so apart from the screeching belt we are fit to travel and having a beer at The Plough and Harrow 51.211853,1.299569. A Motorhome stop over pub 8 miles from Dover ..
Ferry tomorrow 10am Force 8 forecast ..fortunately only a two hour to Dunkirk and we will be in France