September 27th, 2007 – by: mrkezn
"Arvie" - Our RV home for the next two weeks.
We caught a cab to our rental company, McRent. If youâ€™re going to do an RV trip of Germany or the surrounding area, I really recommend them. The people were incredibly hospitable, and after a bit of paper work we were invited to watch a video which made some rather obvious points. Among them: We learned that an RV is wider than a car. An RV is taller than a car. AND an RV has a greater stopping distance than a car. Apparently an RV is better than a car in every way! After agreeing we would remember these important points we toured our RV, which we quickly nicknamed "Arvie" - get it!
Arvie is compactly spacious - which makes no sense, but is basically true nonetheless.
You have all your basic comforts of home, just in a very confined space. Once you adjust to the tight quarters, it makes traveling so easy and enjoyable. We packed Arvie up with our suitcases and then were handed the keys to begin our adventure. Our first stop was a grocery store so we could stock up on essentials.
Arvie's Master Bedroom with two twin beds!
Klause, at McRent, told us there was a store just down the street and when we got there it was indeed a grocery store, but it was very small. We found a few items though that we felt we could adequately handle. Spagehetti in a box, pastas and soups. We also got some apples and milk and orange juice. Bread, chips, and a few cookies rounded out our purchases food-wise. Derik found a small scrubber we could put dish soap in and that seemed like the ideal tool for cleanup in our little kitchen. When all was said and done it came to 57 euros, which seemed a bit much to me, but you canâ€™t really overanalyze something like that.
Oh wait - I can!
Arvie's compact kitchen, complete with sink, stove, fridge, and moderate storage.
Shopping finished, we headed on our way out of Frankfurt. There really wasnâ€™t a plan for where to go, so much as a plan of how to go. We were heading south, to parts unknown. Thatâ€™s one great thing about going someplace youâ€™ve never been - itâ€™s all new no matter where you go.
After about an hours drive in the rain, we saw some large castles lit in the distance. Thinking that the larger one might be Heidelberg castle, since we were getting close, we got off the Autobahn and headed that direction. As we climbed up the road out of a little town towards the light on the hill, Derik again reiterated he was getting tired and about that time we passed a pull off spot along the road where a trucker had parked for the night.
Derik looked at me with that quizzical look, and I said yes. So we turned around in the driveway of a nearby hotel and headed back to our home for the first night. It was a bit noisy from traffic outside, but we were both so tired we didnâ€™t think it would affect our sleep. Besides, weâ€™d had a long day and we were safe and dry - that was the most important thing. So we went to bed. It was 7:15. (Derik insists it was 8:15, but heâ€™s wrong. Thatâ€™s ok though, because he was REALLY tired. J)
Arvie's compact loo - it transformed into a shower as if by magic!