June 08, 2010 GMT
European River cruise

Quick update! We are now in Romania with our wonderful friends Csilla and Oli and little Dominik (2 years old) Schul. We have bought 50% share in their Super Tenere and Pat is now putting on a Scottoiler and converting her to Miss Adventure III. We now have a Super Tenere in 3 continents in the world- we are getting close to Pats goal!!

We left our beloved Miss Adventure II tucked up nicely for South Africas winter with our great friends Dries and Erica Van Schalkwyk in Potchefstroom, near Joberg, South Africa.

Next step we spent 2 wonderful days in Rome with Bins Mum and Aunty Pam, then a fantastic time with David and Ruth in Holland. Next, was the most magnificent experience in our lives so far!! We did a 15 day river boat cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest with APT tours with Dad and Maz to celebrate Dads 70th birthday. The boat had 145 Australians and New Zealanders on board, average age about 70 years old!! We partied on day and night and 15 days later were absolutely exhausted! I hope we have as much energy as some of those 85 year olds had when we are that old! Pat wasnt so keen on this idea, but loved every minute of it and said if this is as good as Heaven is, then he can hardly wait! Cruising on a luxury riverboat along the Rhine and Danube Rivers, eating 3 times a day the food and drinks of the countries we were passing through, it doesnt get much better than that! It was wonderful travelling with energetic, entertaining Aussies and we just love the Aussie sence of humour! We stopped at many villages and did walking and bus tours around as well. Everything was organized, we didnt have to make any decisions, we didnt have to pack and unpack everyday, it was pure heaven and a real break from roughing it in the last 6 months in Africa!

Csilla and Oli picked us up off the ship in Budapest and hand delivered us to Romania! Amazing friends, hey! Next leg is by motorbike again from Romania to Switzerland following as many rivers and mountain ranges as we can find! Mid July- mid Aug we will spend in Switzerland, then drive the motorbike back to Romania (via Denmark maybe) end September.

October 8 we will be back in Joberg, South Africa with our son, Johnathan (22 years old) riding behind us on a KLR650. Six weeks later our daughter, Kate, 23, will join us in Capetown, South Africa for her turn to ride the bike behind us!! As usual, bring it on!

Posted by Patrick Peck at June 08, 2010 01:18 PM GMT

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