Minden - Haldensleben
One of us masters a front-rope, the other a rear-rope. Since this lock is not equipped with floating bollards the ropes must be replaced regularly during the rising-process. That is not completely risk-free, reason for us to wear a life-jacket. The first picture shows...
...the front-rope attached to the uppermost integrated lock-wall bollard (using a boat-hook). The other picture shows us at the top of the lock, in front of the reddish building, that is already visible high above us on the picture before these two.
The vast majority of all bridges has its span, in one form or another, higher than the surface of the (rail)road. This one is different. It has its carrying construction underneath the (road?)surface, which makes for...
...an interesting sight. Because of our speed (around 5 knots!) we were only able to quickly make a picture of the underside, on its side seemingly having a possibility for pedestrians to cross the canal. (PK 224,732.)
Thursday the 14th. We left at 9:14AM and arrived at the lock Sülfeld, close to Wolfsburg. After a bit of waiting, only 1¾ hours, we were allowed to enter the lock, together with...
...5 other ‘Sportbooten’. We descended 9 meters (30 feet), which took only 19 minutes, starting 11:26AM. This time one of us could enjoy the use of a floating bollard. Luxury!
Rühen is where we ended up that day. We read (DBA!) this particular overnight stop is a hotspot because (a) it’s in front of a restaurant and (b) it’s the former border between the Bundesrepublik Deutschland (BRD) and the Deutsche Demokratische Republik (DDR). (PK 256,204). Well, the engine stopped...
...running at 1:49PM when only two boats had arrived earlier than we did. As the left picture proves the situation was different later that day. And yes, we did have some beer and a dinner later on outside the restaurant. The right picture depicts the same point, as seen from the bank where we were moored against.
Former bridge at Rühen
The second picture of the set before this one shows the bridge in its present shape. A load of similar newish bridges is to be passed on the Mittellandkanal, all of them built in the nineties of last century or the noughties of the current one. Reunited Germany invested hugely in the former DDR’s infrastructure! It’s interesting to see what it all looked like not even 30 years...
Ships waiting for control
...back. A bit more about Rühen’s border-crossing part at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rühen. The English version in this case, the German version’s only information is ‘Nach dem Ende des Zweiten Weltkrieges war Rühen bis zur Wende Grenzkontrollstelle und Zollhafen für den Güterverkehr durch die DDR nach Berlin.’ Could (should?) have been more, we think.
White wagtail (I)
White wagtails are highly interested in a ride. We see them many times playing around our little ship, landing at her, taking a ride and leave whenever it suits them. Here are a few pictures we made when they visited...
White wagtail (II)
...us. They do not seem to notice us because of the windows. We think that we even were visited by a yellow wagtail. No picture, unfortunately. It was to fast, or us to slow, or a combination of the two.
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Dankjewel, Tineke! Tot gauw 😍.
En dan nog even en Amersfoort in zicht
De laatste foto: ongelooflijk!!!!!
Dank je wel, Tineke! We zien mekaar hopelijk snel in A'foort.
Jaja, 't schiet op. Maar rustig aan, want de Nijkerkersluis is nog een paar dagen geblokkeerd. (En een 'Vollenhove' zal ik -als ik er aan toe kom- een n toevoegen...)