... Horstel 'Beep Beep Beep - Clonk!'
Well that sleep was obviously needed as not only did we not wake up until after 8.00am but after a quick walk with Ellie we got back into bed and didn't stir again til gone 10am. The rain was coming down slightly and with a chill in the night i just wanted to wrap up warm in the duvet for a little while longer until i really needed to get up. We are situated closer to the forest area, in the middle of the huge tree covered car park, and so hardly any traffic noise to be heard. With it being so quiet around here i did wonder if i should stay for one more day as my body obviously needs a day of relaxation it seems...nah, i can do that when i come back home!!! So soldiering on we have breakfast and another walk before the off and we stumble across a lake...but too cold Ellie to jump into, and its not as clean like the ones you have become accustomed too! Also Ellie has been suffering with a cold as her nose has been running too these last few days, we're both feeling sorry for ourselves.
Eventually we do make our move and head over to Hannover of which i have no clue what so ever as to what to expect here. Well after that short drive through the city we continue on our way! There wasn't really anything to see here, there was an old town with a clock tower and that was about it. No tourists with cameras out, no tourists buses, hop and off sightseeing buses, no segways, not even a Tourist Information point that i could see signposted. Think i was slightly pleased as it meant that we could head onto the next place where we could just put our feet up once more and keep warm, but where was that to be?
Amsterdam, which was the next stop listed, was a good near 4 hour drive away and i didn't fancy going that far, and also with the late start its getting late. I thought with an early rise tomorrow we can make the journey into Amsterdam instead, but get half way there at least. When looking at the guide as to where to stay, when i was considering Amsterdam today, there was a place in Edam...of course Edam, cheese is in Holland and so we must eat cheese here! Like Parma with the Ham and...well you get the picture! Edam was North of Amsterdam so we'll do that first and then to a campsite with a 15 minute train ride to the centre of the city.
But first we need to find somewhere for tonight and looking at all of the places available on the road in which we'll be heading into the Netherlands we find one, one that is by the River (tick), has free electricity (tick) and is free to park up at (tick). Off we go and as we enter it this place is packed, so packed that a couple of motorhomes have had to park on the grass area at the far end which curves to the River pathway by the bridge. What i love about motorhome places is that as you enter them you can see people with their chairs and tables all out, food being eaten and with a drink in their hand, and a drink in which they raise to you as you pass! Very relaxed all around here!
I see that there are spaces for at least 3 motorhomes next to those parked up on the grass and i reverse myself on....beep, beep, beep goes my car as its in reverse. Beep, beep, beep...clonk!! Erm, what is that?!? I see motorhomers out on their deckchairs looking over on either side of me and they tell me to go forward, 'no s**t sherlock'!! Its nothing major, i just backed into someones 50m extension cable drum but no damage is done. But mind you it is really silly as to where they've left it, as they have that cable going to the electrical sockets and then another extension cable going to their motorhome. All in all about 100m of cabling being used...I can see why as with them being on the grass they needed to but a) why leave it in the middle of the grass where someone can park and b) why didn't they park where i was in order to use just one extension cable?!
What i fail to have, and one in which everyone else as, they have one person parking the motorhome and their partner guiding them on in from the outside. Ellie's not the best for that i've come to realise, that and not being able to get the ticket or put the paid one in at a car park barrier! At the end of all of this i decided not to even look to put in my power cable as i'm not sure mine would have the length to get there considering how long the one i've just clonked is....50m worth, each way there's is!
Heading on out we decide to go for a walk to let them gossip about the English girl who hit an extension cable drum, but mind you its Day 133 and i've not come close to hitting something...hopefully that'll keep going until Day 155!! We have a walk along the riverbanks and all the way to another bridge to come back again from the other side. Ellie is loving it as she's off the lead as there is no where in which she can go other than the pathway we are on. The sun is finally out and i'm feeling the warmth getting to my bones once more, hopefully getting rid of the snuffles. Back to the van and we see another 2 motorhomes come on by and park next to me, that's it, no more can fit on here now! And there you see it, there's one helping the other to guide it on in...!
Book reading on the go, dinner done and the night has come. Even though it's getting dark earlier at 8.30pm it feels like its ready for bed and....sleep. Got an early morning and long day ahead of us tomorrow.