Rosbach-Windeck, Germany 6-13
Driving on the Autobahn in Belgium and Germany is a kick. It takes some getting used to following a long line of trucks going 55-mph in the slow lane while Porsches, Audis and Mercedes are flying by at 95-mph or faster. One must keep a careful eye on the rear view mirror before pulling out to pass slow trucks. We are getting used to it. Though we don’t get the greatest fuel mileage with all this passing, we’re certainly glad to have the power of the big turbo-charged V-8 diesel.
You may recall that we switched from shipping to Germany to Belgium at the last minute because of the little-known entry cash deposit of 29% of the value of the vehicle German Customs required. Well, it was a bit strange then to drive across the Belgian/German border and not even slowing down. We wonder why coming in by ship is so different from just driving across the border.
Before heading down to Switzerland we had some stops to make and the first one was a visit with an old friend, Thomas Kreutziger, the founder of Alu-Star, one of the premier builders of overland expedition campers in Germany. We had to deliver an Everpure water purification system like we use in our own camper for his new Safari vehicle. A grassy meadow behind his house was a perfect campsite where he joined us for a coupled of days while we relaxed and took a deep breath.