This is part two of a tale about driving from the UK to Estonia. If you missed part one, and want to start from the beginning, it can be found by clicking this link: Road Trip From the UK to Estonia.
We pick up the tale in Belgium, just after a scheduled stop at the famous Tobacco Road.
So off we go through Belgium towards Holland.
Through the corner of Holland and then we hit Germany. You can see the blue sign on the right that is the German border.
Germany is where road travellers from all across Europe start to be seen.
The driving standard from Germans is generally very good. The roads are good and I love the no speed limits on many of the autobahns.
Of course, not everyone driving there meets the German standard. I stopped off for a coffee, and on may way out of the service station, a truck made me do an emergency stop as he totally disregarded my right of way. And my horn.
The further east you get, size of vehicle dictates right of way more so than road markings.
As he pulled ahead, I looked to see where this truck was from, betting myself it was an FSU truck. No German driver would have done that. Sure enough, it was a Russian truck.
As I passed him, predictably, he was on his mobile phone.
Progress through Germany is quite quick. It can be an interesting place to drive through.
Germany is an odd place in many ways (as I will explain on the way back), but the road system is pretty good if you can avoid the horrendous traffic jams that can happen.
Berlin, where I am heading today, has a ring road that is notorious for rush hour traffic jams. The object of this day is to get to the edge of Berlin avoiding the rush hour car park.
So far so good, and eighteen hours after leaving Manchester, I arrive at my first stop for the night. The Fire Station Hotel in Brandenburg. They have a site here: Feuerwehrhotel.
A very long first day; eighteen hours is a lot of driving. But that’s the longest day behind me.