We have continued our low-speed dash across Europe and are now close to the semi-closed Austro-Germany border by the lake of Chiemsee. We met Carol and David, a couple we last saw leaving a car park in Algercias, Spain back in April. There is not a lot to say about the Journey. We went through some splendid countryside, we crossed the Rhine, we flirted with the Black Forest and we had a night’s stopover on the Bodensee. Here:
The weather on the journey through Germany was superb and although the roads were busy it was a joy to meddle in the high standard of Germanic driving. A joy we appreciated enormously as we knew we were heading for countries with a more flamboyant approach to motoring competence.
Years ago when my limbs were sturdy and lithe I had a winter lusting for the Alps and all things skiing. This was a time when the Swiss team used to ski downhill in a cheese based uniform. Yellow lycra with simulated holes. Not to be outdone the Germans had a ski brand called Chiemsee. Now Chiemsee pooh-poohed the safety of fromage based garmentry and went for spotted Kangaroos. What this had to do with Germany or Skiing still baffles me to this day. Anyway I bought at vast expense a Chiemsee kangaroo spotted Hawaiian shirt. This is German flair at its best. This is a German sense of humour. Anyway, it was always my dream to turn up in Chiemsee wearing my walking billboard of Germanic hilarity. Getting the thumbs up from legions of Wurst-munching locals in on the joke. So on arrival I head to the wardrobe to cover myself in glory. This was a secret I had kept from Tracy. It wasn’t there. I was politely told I didn’t think I would wear it so it was put in storage. A wheeze 15 years in the making was destroyed in one sentence.
The only other thing to note was the re-introduction of border controls between Germany and Austria. This resulted in 25 miles of traffic queues along the motorway.
Here are some pictures of the reason that caused it.