|May 3 – Our first caravan begins!
After a hotel breakfast with a fabulous spread, we 6 caravaners and our luggage were taken by taxi to the RV rental location where we got our rigs, filled out the paperwork, paid our 1200 Euro deposit and started unpacking some of our belongings. Our rig is a 2012 Class C (mini-motorhome) on a Fiat chassis with a cab over bed. Light wood inside w/brown accents; small but adequate bathroom and kitchen; long bench across from a dinette of 2 benches and a table. It has standard transmission with 6 gears. (I've driven 5 gear before but not 6). (I must remember to take photos to send to you.)
There was no initiation; we just started up and drove 4 km to a large grocery story to stock up on food and items we'll be needing in the rig. It wasn't as hard to shift through the gears as I feared but I'll need to practice. Dieter and Gaby were a great help with finding products and reading labels!
We drove along the Rhine River seeing old castles and parts of t on them most of the hilltops. Lots of small quaint towns hugging the road. It almost doesn't seem real that people actually live and make a living in them. Ivan took photos while I drove.
Our first campground was in Koblenz, Germany. There we had time to finish settling in and learning more about our rigs. After that we walked to the river's edge to take a small ferry across to see a huge
statue of Wilhelm the Great that stands in a park at the confluence of the Mosel and the Rhine rivers.
We tried sleeping in the cab over bed; comfortable but not handy for getting up in the night. I have to get used to getting DOWN the ladder without the fear of falling. Plus, the rungs of the ladder are hard on feet wearing thin-soled slippers.