Now THAT was a tour !!!
Trip Start May 01, 2006
122Trip End Sep 01, 2006
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As stated before, I hate motorway so we covered most of distance on "B" roads. Even the 'B' roads were sometimes full of trucks so we sought out a route on the 'C' roads which was much nicer as we got to go through all the tiny villages. At around 4pm we finally got to Rothenburg and pulled off the main road to a hotel information booth. As we were perusing the many advertisements for guest houses, a lady drove up, introduced herself as Ruth and said she had accommodation for us for 40 euros.
Our washing situation had once again become critical which is the dilemma when traveling with panniers, three t-shirts and the minimum of underwear. We found a laundromat who graciously stayed open past 6pm so we could have clean clothes.
We had been told of a walking tour starting at 8pm so we had a quick dinner and met the rest of the crowd - 150 strong - in the town hall square.
The guide, dressed as a night watchman, had a booming voice - enough to carry to the entire crowd. He orated the history of Rothenburg in a very interesting and entertaining way, then moved off through the town, with the crowd following en masse - just like the Pied Piper. The tour took an hour and we stopped about six times at interesting and unique places, all the time being highly entertained by our guide. He worked on trust, and with a 150 people in the crowd he couldn't collect tickets so at the end of the tour he simply asked for his payment to be put into his hat. He had been such a good guide that very few welched on the payment and his hat was overflowing with cash. Not a bad little job.