Day 4

9th April

Last nights sleepy spot

On the Rhine (60.4714620 8.305374)

Weather Horrid

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 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 villageP1020122 by the look of it and in by the back door went us..Where we found empty service point and bins ..P1020114For any one struggling to find a spot like this its at GPS 47.427671 10.94166..P1020123and onwards we trot a little lighter to a place called HORN on the shore of Lake Constance on the Swiss side..P1020145

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 AlpseeP1020126.JPG 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…..P1020150.jpgLots of cuckoo clocks 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 ???


Settling down in our sleepy spot GPS 47.169152 12.812717 (thank to Joanne n Craig for this wild camping position )P1020003in the valley below Grossglockner Pass watching the last of the cars ..Bicycles and Motor cycles come over and out through the barriers now unmanned as the last entry was at hour before sunset and with 45 minutes to complete the ride of their lives ..Darkness fell and we settled in for the night only to hear the roar of powerful engines ..In the fading light the noise was coming from what looked like four of the big Lotus sports cars heading through the out barrier the wrong way and off they roared up and up and up ..Breaking the law but lets hope not their necks …Hope they made it over ..and the Police weren’t waiting at the other side ..We believe two young men from the UK where killed a couple of years back ..Too fast perhaps but off the edge they went ..down into the valley ..
Our planned route from here was to go to Salzburg as it was close ..J having been there in his Robin Reliant in the early 70’s …Brave soul ..Konigssee is on this route so off we went to have a look at what I assumed would be a similar lake to Castiglioni del Lago in Italy..quiet n peacefull…But NO !!! Its Bank Holiday Weekend here in Germany as well as Austria and the car park which is a motorhome overnight stay was like FA Cup Final day at Wembley ..Cars and people as far as the eye could see ..OK we said “Let have a walk and a look at the Lake “..31c..phew …Midday sun..typical of us ..The place was like Bowness in the Lakes on our own August Bank HolidayP1020023 ..Packed ..Sighs ..Past the Tat shops and the long queues for the boat rides up the lake J saw a chalet up and up ..I didn’t have the will to argue with him so off we went up and up ….me lagging …with the pretence of taking photos of the view and the hedgerow flowers ..puff.. pant ..and up again Surprise Surprise ..A beer garden with my name on a pint of lager in the now filling breeze with a lovely view over the massing crowds to Eagles Nest.. The country retreat of Herr Hitler ..High on the top of the far mountain P1020036..and a chat about our next destination ..We try not to hit cities at weekends but some time forget to look what day it is ..Now we realised not only will it be weekend in Salzburg but a Bank holiday as well ..”Not doing that “John says …Thats fine by me as I hate the hassle of city tourism ..its park up.. miles out.. get a bus or a train ..walk for miles to find said bus or train ..Do your city tour ..and walk for miles to find your way back to bus n train ..Phew I feel exhausted just writing about it ..
New route planned ..We will continue along the German Alpine route to Lake Constance ..lots of little place to see and hopefully wild camping places ..Road closed signs to our next destination of Reit Im Winkl..its over another pass and I wondered if the access was still snow bound ..John said NO… Cruising off until we found what looked like a wild camping place ..after a U turn and a double back to a Ski lift car park.. HM already in there ..What luck ..Just keep your eyes peeled and a sleepy spot will be yours GPS 47…798088 12.590017 a place called Maximmianshute in Burgan ..”€4 till 10 am the following morning then pay more ” The Farmers wife said as the thunder started rolling around the mountains and clouds of rain formed ..No BBQ tonight .. A magical fried onion n garlic ..spicy sausage..cooked new potatoes and a tin of beans concoction all in one pan was invented ..Now called Flash Bang Cassoulet..Slept even with the rain pounding Hetty

The route led us to Oberammagau.. A place I heard off in my childhood being brought up a Baptist ..My Mother told us of The PASSION PLAYS performed here every 10 years which was a religious promise by the village in 1634 ..Wonderful views driving down the valleys of green and cows ..Sunny day again and after the rain of the night before clear as a bell ..A parking place was found €7-50 without services as against €25 in the campsite with 40 other big campervans who are on a classic BMW rally ..Early 70’s cars ..and as you know by now we are a two loo cassette family ..A change was made and a promise to find a dumping spot tomorrow ..
Oberammagau is as expected ..Lovely chalet style houses P1020042..Some painted with nursery rhyme characters.. some with religious scenes ..Lots of wood carving shops selling icons and toys .. and A Christmas shop ..Now I know where the Manchester / German Christmas market comes from..Not that I have ever been ..Not my cup of tea ..Crowds I hate em ..but here its lovely ..We actually went in until I got a bit carried away and thought to buy some baubles which point John shunted me out ..
A band was playing somewhere.. So off we popped to have a butchers ..Wow a load of young men in Lederhosen P1020047..Feathers in Tyrollean hats ..Drumming and marching down the main street ..May I say from a ladies point of view the Bavarian males don’t have a lot going for them in the looks department ..but hey ho ..Their Mothers must love em …The Youths marched into the main square and lo and behold a Beerfest was taking place ..Girls in national costume..P1020074 An Umpah band ..What a treat ..We sat down at the outdoor table and a couple of Steins of Lager were plonked in front of us by a lovely waitress in her outfitP1020059 and the band struck up ..Next came the dancers ..Yes !!! It was a slap a my thigh event ..Traditional folk dance ..P1020084Thats why the guys wear leather ‘’Chuckles .. 2 pints later we walked back to Hetty for our long promised BBQ
Where tomorrow who knows …


The map shows the loose interpretation of the intended route by road and sea  


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