Well We have reached Germany

Hi Everybody, where should I start?

We got off on time on 11am Sunday 9th March 2014. Just before we set off I filled Plodd with fuel taking the cost from empty to about £550! No incidents on the way to Bridgnorth in Shropshire, we stayed the night with Hilary and went out for dinner to the Kings Head. We then went back to Hilary’s house for some rather nice cheeses before retiring for the night.

Next morning we set off and on the way we were blessed with a stone hitting the windscreen and cracking it. For this reason we decided to go straight to Folkestone (the Tunnel) and call the windscreen people out, thus enabling them to have two days to repair or replace it. They came and replaced it on the Tuesday, we stayed on a campsite called Little Simtar just outside Folkestone for the two nights and went into Folkestone both nights, boy was it cold at night.

Wednesday morning we refueled and headed for the Eurotunnel.( when we refueled we got a bit of a shock, Plodd was averaging 10 .14miles to the gallon), anyway we got Plodd on the train (staying in Plodd for the 35 minute trip only to be delayed 25 minutes with a technical fault)  then we were off under the sea (no Daz Oldham we could not see any fish).  Arriving in Calais we decided to head for Brugge in Belgium (only this time keeping Plodd at an average speed of 55 mph (about 95 km ) not as before 65/70mph,.

I had read an article written in 2007 about a camping site owned by the local council in the centre of Brugge that was only for about 10 or 15 motorhomes so we decided to look for it, we found it! What a great place, not only was it in walking distance to the City centre but it was at the side of a canal, so when we woke in the morning we had a view of some fantastic boats and all for the sum of 15 euros a night including electricity, great for Madame’s hairdryer.

We stayed in Brugge just the one night, then next day after lunch set off for Luxemburg where we planned to stay several days. We got the camping books out and chose a 5 star site and using the coordinates given in the book entered them into our Satnav, it took us a little longer than we anticipated (due to me putting the wrong coordinates into the satnav and us ending up in the middle of a field miles from our destination and I mean quite literally in a field! (for all the skeptics among you Les did not and has not asked about FLIGHTS, AIRPORTS or any other mode of transport  YET), I know what you are thinking IT IS EARLY DAYS ! I re-entered the coordinates again and set off in a Southerly direction to the site, when we did arrive at the campsite it was closed due to it being 7pm 19.00 and it had started to get dark. We decided to go back to the last village that we had passed through, there we found a very nice restaurant called Chez Max (what a smart restaurant) After speaking to the owner Norema she said that we could spend the night parked on her car park (thank you very much Norema) and the food was excellent.

On Friday morning we were up at 6.45am (yes both of us) just as the construction workers arrived on the building site next door, we then refueled with both diesel and beer and embarked on our journey into Germany. We looked for a site in the ACSI camping hand book and found a site near Kassel called Fulda Freizeitzentrum, so that is where we are now.

The trick of keeping Plodd down to an average of 55mph (95kph) was working well she was now doing 21.94 to the gallon (my co-driver refuses to acknowledge that the first calculations could be put down to human error what do you think Woz?). We will determine this on our next refueling stop.

I do intend to post photos but the only place we have found to connect to the internet at the moment is the little restaurant on the campsite and it wouldn’t look too good in there me with with my Mac on the table all night.

Today we are going to get the bus into the City center and maybe we will be able to sort some sort of connection out there. For Dennis in Thailand’s information the last time Lady P was on a bus was 1994 with her mum and the taxis in Blackpool were on strike. LOL!

Well we did get a bus into Kassel city center it was very cold but I have now got 2 sim cards, I have tried to get on the internet but no luck must be with us being in a valley, I will try in the restaurant tonight when I will send this report with a bit of luck.


P.S. I almost forgot to tell you at our first stopover early in the morning -7am I decided to empty the cassette toilet before HRH got up, so I took the cassette out of the outside compartment went to empty it when I got back there was some kind of water in the compartment and it was steaming, Her Royal Highness had only got up and had a pee in the toilet not knowing that I had taken the cassette out to empty it !!!       “OUT WITH THE DETTOL”!

Lynn Bramley you need not comment about this on FB as she does not know I have told this info on Plodd’s site.
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10 thoughts on “Well We have reached Germany

  1. Hi Dave and Les,
    Glad to see you have started your expedition, a few teething problems, and no doubt more to come in your long adventure !
    If it is any consolation, it is roasting here in Khon Kaen, maybe a bit too hot for this time of the year, but it beats the cold.
    I will keep the regulars updated on your progress.
    Best wishes for the rest of the trip.


  2. Hi Duncan,

    Nice to hear from you and yes the trip is going well (other than we can’t find Singa Light anywhere.
    We have decided to stay one more night in Kessel before we move on to Berlin where we will probably stay 2 or 3 nights.
    I am sat outside the little restaurant in the camp site with my computer using there internet connection looking for a site near Berlin that we can stay that is why I found your message (it is freezing sat here).
    Well I will go now and get on with my searching see you in August in the sun.


  3. Following the adventures of our dads army comrades ‘stupid boy’ from mannering and wilson

  4. Hi Mr & Mrs Lord,

    We are in Germany what a nice place, hope you enjoy keeping up with our travels


  5. The first adventures sound very interesting! Perhaps you should have kept one of the prison cells in Plodd for people at fuel stations charging 550 Pounds, or for HRH during the time Dave empties the cassette 😉

  6. Dear Dave, Dear Lesley,
    just met you in the Italian restaurant in East-South of Berlin – and based on our 5 min talk I visited your website as promised. There really is an adventure in front of you – compared with an half an hour walk through our “peaceful” Berlin forest 🙂 ?
    Was a pleasure meeting you and wish you a great trip and experiences during the coming months.
    Best Regards
    P.S. My wife was fine (not angry at all with the cold Lasagne) – she would have done the drive as well – especially when we visited your website – so all the best from her as well!

  7. Hi Dave & Les.
    Sounds like your having fun. Wishing you lots of memories.
    Me & the Mrs.

  8. When you get to Berlin, just remember “Life is a Cabaret”!


  9. Hello
    We are home now, we met in Berlin.Hope you are well.!We follow you on your( little) trip. Hilkka and Rune Fröberg

  10. Hi Hilkka and Rune Fröberg,

    Yes we do remember you we all went into Berlin on the bus/tram and train together, it was nice to meet you and we are please to hear that you got home safely, sorry we did not reply before now I have only just found away to reply.

    Dave & Lesley

    PS the weather here in Croatia is much nicer than Berlin.

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