Our group of travelers has been very reliable. When a departure time is set, anyone that is not 10 minutes early is considered late. That is until today when one couple missed the departure time by an hour. They managed to get lost in Basel. They called the main Tauck phone number in the US and were patched through to our tour director in Basel. The bus had to move out of downtown so we drove to the river where the riverboats normally dock. Lots of parking there. We waited another half hour for the two lost souls to show up in a taxi. Finally on our way 1.5 hours later we arrive at the boarder checkpoint for Germany. The border guard waves us through then a customs agent bangs on the side of the bus to get us to stop. He is very irate that we had proceeded. Explaining we were waived through by the boarder guard only made him more angry. Somehow the customs agent determined he was owed 78 euros. Our tour director paid the fee and we are finally on our way with a four hour drive to get to our stranded riverboat hotel. We should arrive at our riverboat around 8:00 pm.
We made a new fiend today.
It has started to rain. It is not raining enough to float a riverboat but it is raining enough to snarl traffic and delay our arrival at the riverboat. We pulled into a highway rest stop. A few observations – gasoline is $8.00 USD per gallon (4 liters), the cost to use the restroom is 70 cents. If you make a purchase at the rest stop store you get a 50 cent refund. They sell beer in half gallon cans – 64 ounces. You must drive safely because if you are convicted of a DUI which is 0.02 (one 12 ounce beer) you will lose your license for 10 years. If you are stopped by the police for DUI while riding a bicycle you will lose your car drivers license for 10 years. In Germany a bicycle is considered a vehicle.
i need this electric assist bicycle.