Due to the clouds in Czech Republic we could not take off in time to get back home yesterday. In the end we got some great support from one of the folks at Mnichovo Hradiště Airport. He knew a way out, flying below the clouds and taking a route trough the valleys between the mountains. Especially one mountain pass would be tricky, if the clouds were to low we could not pass, but as he was living in that area he would drive there and give us a call to update us on the local situation. About an hour later he arrived at the mountain pass and the call was made, no clouds in the mountain pass. We quickly got in the plane and into the air. Flying just below the cloud we followed the route that was advised and indeed, at the mentioned pass the clouds started to clear up and we were able to gain height and get above the clouds. We escaped Czech Republic!
About one and half hours ago Brutus front left suspension broke off while driving from the campsite back home 😡 Luckily I was able to keep him in control and park the car in the berm. Long story short, Brutus had to be towed away and I’m taking the train back home…
Last Thursday I went for a look at an almost brand new Gordigear rooftop tent, only one and half months old. The owner decided that a campervan was more his thing and put it on sale. I gave it an evening to consider my options and although I had a somewhat smaller budget in mind for a secondhand rooftop tent the fact that it was almost brand new and still had 22 months warranty made me decide to buy the tent, of course after some negotiation about the price.
We’re back in the Netherlands! I dropped Johannes off at the Deventer train station, and will spend my last night of my North Cape road trip at the same spot where where I started three months ago, in the backyard of Sander and Arwen in Deventer. Meanwhile with family expansion. We are ready for the soccer match Netherlands – England!
And I’m gone! My first stopover on the way up north is at good friends Sander and Arwen in Deventer where I parked Brutus in the backyard and camped there. Of course good food was shared and later in the evening the campfire was lit and some cold beers emptied. The perfect way to start a holiday!
Dear friends, thank you very much for the cozy farewell drink last night, and also thanks for the many books, liquorice and stroopwafels! I left at 12:15 this afternoon with destination Koksijde, Belgium.