Day 6- Geeste in Germany. Day 7- Kiel canal with a motorhome.
The last couple of days have been driving days. The problem with having deadlines to meet (and ferries to catch!) is that when you take a couple of days off to visit a village with no roads or a model village of Holland, you then spend the next few days playing catch up with the mileage!! However, I have fulfilled a childhood dream and am spending the evening sitting by the Kiel canal, watching enormous ships roll past almost silently. It's pretty impressive!
Many years ago, Mr WB and I bonded over a shared desire to sail around the world together. As we got older, we realised this dream was crazy- mostly because we both get frustrated by sailing and I get horrendously seasick due to an inbuilt fear of deep water. Did I mention I was ex-Navy and used to be a competitive swimmer….!?!!?! The mind is a weird thing.
One of places I always wanted to visit when sailing was the Kiel canal- the idea of travelling through that immense waterway always fascinated and I loved (still do) reading stories from my favourite sailors about their tales of adventure around the Baltic.
Anyway, I'm leaping ahead of myself and forgetting to tell you about last night's stop in Geeste, just on the German side of the Dutch/ German border. Geeste is a pretty little village which we spent very little time in, but we chose to spend the night there for one major reason- it had a swimming lake. After a day in Giethoorn where we desperately wanted to go swimming but the canal was brown and murky, we (I) was determined to find somewhere suitable for afternoon bathing.
Geeste- free campsite in Germany
Geeste is an AWESOME stop- it's free, the motorhome bays are in long lines so you're not parked next to each other and can easily fit in a long motorhome with a trailer and there's a lake with a cafe which sells currywurst. Seriously, what more do you want??
There aren't any services here and you can only stay for a maximum of 24 hours, but I'd most definitely stay here again if we pass this way. Word of warning though- I'd been here about 2 minutes when I felt something bite my shoulder… which turned out to be a spider which had dropped from the tree. Urgh. Having said that, it's Germany. Nowhere is safe.
It just so happened to be the night of the lunar eclipse, so at 9.30pm we went for a walk to see the moon… and ended up at the lake with over 300 people. It was a great atmosphere, people were laughing, chatting, drinking and taking awesome photos of the moon. I could have kicked both of us- we forgot both our big expensive camera (god knows why we bother to carry it- we never take it anywhere!!) We also forgot our portable telescope… seriously, what better time would there be to use it! Doh.
Still, we sat and enjoyed the view and took a few shots on our iphones- are you impressed….??
There was a wedding party taking place in the restaurant, so it was a great mix of people in shorts and bikini (me) and people in suits and pretty dresses. Was a fun night. Here's the details of where we stayed:
GPS: N 52°35’39.0084” E 7°16’24.8664”
Kiel Canal with a motorhome
The day after, we set off reasonably early and headed for the Kiel Canal. It was a few hours- we were going to stop at Hamburg but decided to press on so we could have an extra night in Denmark. It's all a balancing act between too much time in one place versus less time somewhere else. I look forward to the day where we don't have these schedules any more. Having said that, they do keep us focussed and motivated to keep moving, which I guess is a good thing.
There were a few wild camping options, but we decided to pay for a campsite on the edge of the canal so we could charge our batteries and get everything sorted before we headed into the wilds of Denmark. We also needed to do some work, which meant we wanted to stay a little longer in the morning- not easy in a wild camping spot, as we learnt in Belgium!
We stayed here:
N 54°13’29.9784” E 9°36’7.9272000000001”