On our second day in Flevoland we visited two former islands in the Ijseelmeer: Urk and Schokland. Both are now part of the new province. Urk still has its harbour, Schokland was already abandoned in 1859 and is now surrounded by meadows instead of rough sea.
|Parking for the night @ Lelystad|
We had reached Utrecht, where our son studies Global Sustainability Science. We were very happy to see him again and will travel together the next days. But we had also an anniversary: since 2 years we are now living in our caravan, travelling through Europa. A good reason to celebrate a little.
In the morning the weather looked promising so we went on a hike along the Nekar, on the way back thunder and lightning together with heavy rain made it a little bit uncomfortable, but in total it was a nice tour.
|River Nekar and the village of Dilsberg in the distance|
We followed the Danube upstream to a region where the river has formed a magnificent valley over the centuries. Our hike took us up onto the cliff and to one of the many castles which flank the river.
|Schloß Werenwag - dates back to 11th century|
After what had felt like a never ending period of bad weather, 2 sunny days were predicted before clouds and rain would be back, therefore we wanted to make the most of it. The first day was spent at a lake with some cycling and swimming, the second day hiking at the Danube valley.
Inspired by the expedition to Mauretania of "Pistenkuh.de" where they took this extraordinary shot of the Tenoumer crater, we started to search for meteorite craters in our area ...
|Tenoumer crater Mauretania // Photographer & Copyright by PISTENKUH.de|
We had reached the most Northern part of Bavaria with Coburg, famous for its magnificent castle. After wondering through the expansive exhibition we turned South again, which sadly didn't lead to a better weather, so we gave up and explored Bamberg in the rain.
The castle of Flossenbürg lies on a granite rock which was quarried for centuries as this formidable stone was used in many constructions all over Germany. We went to explore the castle and its surroundings. Afterwards we discovered the remains of a volcano!
Given that all overland travellers are looking for the best and most capable vehicle for their adventures, I decided some years ago to invest in a TATRA VVN 815 8x8 which is for sure one of the best concepts for extreme off road terrain. Our 8x8 is currently at a workshop near Munich to get it street legal.
|Is this the base for our next camper?|
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|Chapel for cyclists in need of a rest|
Exploring the Bavarian Forest, we hiked up to the Great Rachel, with 1.453 metres the second highest peak of the Bavarian Forest by only 3 metres after the Great Arbel. The weather was perfect and we had great views in all directions.
|Rachel chapel overlooking the Rachel lake|