Rally, River Rhine, Loreley, Germany
13th-15th June 2008
a grasp of the route to our next destination, we started to get
a bit concerned. As we were going to a Yamaha XS1100 rally, we simply
tagged along with a German XS1100 rider with the hope that he was
heading for the rally too and that he had a better idea of where
to go. It
turns out the answer was yes to both questions fortunately. Even
better he had a grasp of English. We
hadn't twigged that we needed to take a ferry across the Rhine at
St.Goarshausen. A delightful road down to the ferry and spectacular
scenery all around. If you read this friend, thanks for your help.
We were staying
at Loreley and the river at this point was awesome. We marvelled
at the skills of the drivers of all the boats as the currents at
the bend we were at caused no end of problems for them. It was no
surprise when we discovered that 'Loreley' was in fact a siren.
"Loreley" rock is, a mythical maiden whose songs once lured sailors
to their death in the treacherous waters. Apparently she has long
hair and doesn't like clothes, see the photo on the right. What
bloke wouldn't be lured?
The lads prove that
they were there.
Paul & Lyn stayed
in a hotel with Andy and Ben staying in the hostel. From the hotel bedroom
we had a splendid vantage point of the camp site.
This is the view of
the Rhine from near to the hotel.
Lyn stops to watch
the traffic of the Rhine.
We decide to show
our shirts off. It seems that Inselaffen means 'Island Monkey' and is
what some Germans may call us British if they want to refer to us in a
derogatory way. Of course, the Brit contingent of the XS1100 owners club
thought that it would be good to follow up on last years French rally
shirts that said 'les rosbifs on tour'. However one German got the right
hump that we had these shirts, dunno why.
Most Germans thought that it was a great laugh and often took photos.
Rally goers wait in
eager anticipation to see who will ride off with an XS1100 in the draw.
a guess at one couple who didn't win it.