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Making our way across Germany
Well, by my reckoning we're about one third of our way across Germany at the moment. We came in via a couple of days in Belgium and made our way to the Ahr valley, which we'd passed through in the rain on our way home in 2016.
Our aims for this 2 month trip are to visit some places we've only ever seen in poor weather or in autumn/winter, particularly in Poland and the Baltics.
The Ahr valley was so much nicer in the sunshine and we made the most of long, warm evenings and plenty of bars attached to the wine producing premises. Sadly our Rough Guide seems to omit any details about the area, but we stayed at a lovely basic stellplatz across the river bridge in Rech - grassy field but no water or dumping (but the next village, Mayschoss, has that - and a big stellplatz with electricity, but no shade). Lovely red & white wines in this area, and some great flammkuchen - who knew you could get sauerkraut and black pudding pizza! The little medieval walled town of Ahrweiler is worth a wander round, especially since it has a large car park just by one of the gates where parking our van was no problem.
We have now come to the Hessen area, and are on a stellplatz with electricity & free wifi by the Aartalsee dam at Bischoffen. There's swimming in the dam, but only if you pay to go into the bathing area - the rest of the place seems to be given over to fishing.
The scenery has been very pretty so far and the weather is almost too hot. Whippety Betty takes to travelling well, and loves to lounge outside the van on her cushion, but big girl's blouse Pommie is scared of the many wind turbines and hides in the darkest place she can find in the van. We've had to keep the take up and cover it with a big blanket for her!
Onwards and eastwards tomorrow.