I love the rain
I promised a short video of the rain on the autobahn through the Ruhr metropolis; complete with a show of camper camaraderie near the end. Love that guy.
Following on from that we made it as far as the 'Goldene Meile' in Remagen. Quite a weird campsite - but I was able to use the pool next door in the morning. Wonderful!
We lost a headlamp the day before (well, we didn't lose it. It was still attached to the front of the car, but the low-beam had blown), so first order of business was a car parts shop. Picked up and installed the new headlamps (very pretty Xenon blue, if you're interested [ed: I'm not]), and second order of business was a camping shop for a water jerry and a hosepipe. Up until now we had found it impossible to get water on board from the stand pipes. With new equipment: much easier!
Next stop was the Laacher See. Sarah, as you may know, is keen on her vulcanology - so we headed inland from the Moselle river, just a few kilometres, to the 'Vulkaan Route'. This whole area is characterised by a patchwork of volcanic cones and domes from the eruptions in this super-volcano hotspot, over the last millennia. An eruption 11,000 years ago had more explosive energy than the famous eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. As 'Armageddon' would have it - it happened before, it will happen again.
We pitched up at a stellplatz in Mendig-Bell. Nice little free mixed-parking area, right in the centre of town - and opposite the Vulcanology Museum! That evening we wondered around the town, and up to the brewery restaurant (Vulkaan Brau is the last of the breweries in the area which uses the basalt mines as beer coolers - since the late 1800s. Live long and prosper, Vulkaan).
Excellent food and drink - currywurst and malzbier for me. I'm now a fan of this combination! Then back to bed, ready for a tour of the museum in the morning.