"Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea"
Trip Start May 25, 2013
31Trip End Jun 23, 2013
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The cruise staff scrambled desperately yesterday, a Sunday, trying to organise alternative sightseeing while we are marooned. The option for today is a bus trip to Miltenberg and Wertheim - two upstream scheduled destinations with walking tours, but it is a six hour round trip. The six of us groan at the prospect and elect to do our own thing.
The boat carries bikes, so we book six as soon as the bus option is announced. When it comes time to leave, only four are functioning. Gayle and I choose the pedestrian option and the others head off. Only tourists wear bike helmets and Gisela and Walter are the only cyclists in high vis vests as well
We walk the perimeter of the inner city and see the flooded Rhine from bridge and shore. The speed and turbulence are ferocious.
At dinner, Michael, the "Hotel Manager" and Mirela, the Cruise Director give a news update about the flooding. It is a 1-500 year scenario with so many rivers and tributaries in flood. Over 370 river boats are stranded throughout the river network. The level here in Koblenz has not yet peaked and then it must start to fall before we can move off. They can offer no more definite news than that, but will keep us entertained and guarantee to have us in Budapest by June 13.
Tomorrow is an afternoon bus trip to Cochem in the Mosel wine growing area and Wednesday will be Heidelberg.
Could be worse.
Not that you'd know it from the older US contigent on board whose inane questions showed a large degree of anger and anxiety...
"Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea" by George Harrison