I planned to write much more about how the house building has gone but I have not had as much time as I would have liked. It is nearly 2 years since we visited the factory in Oberstetten to see how our house would be made, and it is amazing progress has been made. We have been living in the house now for nearly a year, but this doesn’t mean all is finished - far from it!
I have failed to document my travels in 2003 - 2004 in the way that I wanted but I do want to recognise that today marks 10 years since I came back from my travels.
So I guess i was overly optimistic when, last year, I started posting my diary entries from 10 years ago, that I could keep up a daily commitment to write up my posts, mark start and end points on a map and find relevant photos.
The journey was a hard one, not sure why though, perhaps the beer the night before, perhaps the north west wind, perhaps the lazy day before, whatever the cycle was very hard and I was relieved to find the campsite.
Stayed for an extra day in Hannover to do some chores and some shopping I needed, planned to visit some museums too. It turned out though that Monday is a museum holiday in Germany!
Breakfasted in McDonalds and looked around Hamelin and visited the museum, then headed back to campsite to pack.
Lots of hills, took a short cut to get to the Weser valley and follwed this to Hamelin.
I arrived in Hamelin, to discover a festival in progress which was a nice welcome.
Camped on a island in the river, watched live music and enjoyed the local beer at the festival until 22:30 when I slept.
Not much happened this day - 100km and crossed from the netherlands to Germany. It is not mentioned in my diary, but I think my chain broke on this day too.
In the morning I set off on my bike to find Ruud & Marleen’s boat and have a look around. The boat was an old cargo boat and they had a plan to convert it slowly over two years into a house boat, so far they were 6 months into the plan. Had a really great time with the pair of them and enjoyed their company. When it was time for me to go I found it hard to get away as Ruud kept finding things in the boat that he thought I ought to have in my bags for the rest of my journey.
I have nothing in my diary about the places on my journey this day, all I have are notes about the actual day. The 30th April in The Netherlands has always been a holiday to celebrate the Queen’s birthday - Queens Day* and it is basically a national party.