The sun shines through the roof window and it looks like it will be another warm day. The penultimate day of our so far very relaxed vacation! I don't want to imagine that we have to return the motorhome the day after tomorrow. If it wouldn't have been so expensive and almost all campers weren't fully booked, I'd like to cruise around for a few more weeks. Without Claudi presumably, because according to her she is already looking forward to returning home.
As we wake up it is very fresh in the motorhome and not much light falls through the ceiling windows. That doesn't look good! We push the blinds of the windows to the side and see that it is cloudy and grey outside. Looks like the perfect sofa and TV weather! On the other hand we want to visit the city and it isn't so disadvantageous if it isn't too hot. Besides, we don't have a sofa and we don't have a TV with us.
We have the obligatory morning coffee and skip breakfast again. This time we also take the bus, which leaves not far from the pitch, into the city centre to the main station. There we pick up some pretzels and sandwiches for the walk and continue towards Porta Nigra ("The Black Gate").
We slept very well again, but not quite as well as the night before. Immediately after getting up at 9 o'clock we have a quick coffee and then start to get the motorhome ready. That means everything that can fly around must be stored in the cupboards and the closet, the dishes must be washed and all windows closed. There is a checklist in the rental vehicle which proves to be very useful for this. Depending on what you forget before you start the journey, it can get quite expensive. For example, if you do not close the roof hatch and it is torn off by the wind while driving. Before we start there is also a big event coming up: the first use of a supply and disposal station!
We wake up shortly before 9 o'clock after we have slept really well – probably because it is so abnormally quiet here on the pitch. In Stuttgart we are used to a lot of noise. I would have thought that we might even miss moving trains in front of our apartment at night. It is still quite cool in the motorhome and we urgently need a coffee. The first time that we use the stove in the kitchen and our espresso pot.
Afterwards we go out and explore the surroundings…
Today is finally here! We pick up our rental motorhome at Mi-Mobile in Remshalden to start our journey into the unknown. Instead of 4 pm we are allowed to get it already at noon. Of course this is very convenient for us because we imagine that we can already use the day extensively for the journey to our first tour destination. Since the weather forecast for northern Germany was not very encouraging, we changed the plan for the route at short notice. Instead of going to the Baltic Sea, the first stop on the agenda is now Trier, followed by Bonn and Essen. This should be possible within seven days. Even if many travel blogs state that travelling with a motorhome is rather leisurely and usually takes longer than planned.
I am already curious whether everything works out well. Can the large vehicle get through anywhere? Will we leave a path of destruction with the long overhang at the first turn? Are we going to have problems with the pitches? After all, we didn't reserve anything and just want to travel without a real plan. How long will the water supply last on board and can we really live in the motorhome for a week? Or will we be fed up and book a hotel room instead after two days?
After having spent our holidays in a quite classic way during the last years – arrival by airplane and staying in a hotel afterwards - this year we have something more unusual coming up. A one-week road trip with the motorhome, presumably through Germany. The word „unusual“ is probably not entirely appropriate, because apparently travelling with the motorhome has been coming back in fashion for a few years now.
We’ll start in May with a rented Eura Mobil. This thing is 7 meters long, has a small bathroom, kitchen, the usual sitting area ("half dinette") with a table and a double bed in the rear. Our destination is the Baltic Sea, but depending on your mood we may change our route spontaneously. Also, a week isn't much time if you want to take a few stopovers with you.
The plan is to have no plan. So we’ll just drive off, equipped with a pitch guide, navigation system and of course food supplies and other necessary stuff. But we have deliberately not made any campground reservations and only want to stay overnight on pitches or standing free. We’ll see if this works. The first challenge will be to find a parking place near our home in Stuttgart to load our stuff into the car. Stuttgart is not exactly known for its plenty of parking spaces.
So it will definitely be a thrill, and that's what makes it so appealing. I think with such a holiday you definitely have enough other things in your head to forget about work and everyday life.