Travelled: 76 kilometres from Bad Waldsee to Überlingen, Germany.
Visited: Überlingen, the cycleway along the Bodensee.
Stayed: Überlingen Stellplatz €10 (2 nights), all the usual services. N47.77564, E09.14787
Budget: 89 days days @ €85 per day
We say goodbye to Bad Waldsee early this morning. We were up early, had a coffee and serviced the Hymer before driving into the mist, well fog is a more accurate description. Of course this morning the low beam headlights are not working (again). We drive through the mist, every second car flashing his lights at us. High beam is fine, the oncoming drivers appear happy with that so on we go to Ravensburg.
Arriving at the Fiat dealer I report to the service department. It appears that my German interpretor is a 14 year old apprentice mechanic. So we go into a huddle with the service manager, I say this, the mechanic says that. The service manager raises his voice, the Hymer disappears into the workshop. An hour or so later the Hymer rolls out, the service manager climbs in and goes for a spin, fixed. We go back into a huddle, have you been driving through lots of wet weather ? asks the 14 year old mechanic, yah yah (in my best Sergeant Schultz) German, for the last 10 weeks through Norway etc. Just some corrosion on the multi connector at the base of the blinker/light stem. No more Norway is the best way to avoid such issues apparently. We drive away €96 poorer but happy it wasn’t a new switch.
We hit the Lidl for a few essentials, tomorrow is a public holiday and everything shuts down for Unification Day (East and West that is) tomorrow. There are lots of cars and motorhomes on the road today, just like it would be at home. Without any specific destination we stop at Überlingen. The stellplatz is on the hill above town but Überlingen itself sits on Lake Konstance and the scenery is beautiful. However the stellplatz is full and we settle for the adjoining car-park for €3.50 per-day.
We find a little Turkish place and get a takeaway before starting the long walk back up the hill to our car-park and the Hymer. Our takeaway is very good over a beer and wine. Still no vacancy in the stellplatz so we call it a night.
I hear rain on the Hymer’s roof during the night and its actually very steady about 8am, when we surface. It looks fairly bleak but the weather forcast shows it clearing after lunch. Today is the public holiday, as we had already decided to keep off the roads today, we will sit it out.
So despite the rain this morning we still got in a full day. Its leftovers for dinner tonight. The bonus for the day being there are no parking fees on public holidays in Germany, so it was a free overnight stop ! Well that’s according to Pam.
Michael and Pam