The half-way point
- 24 Jun 06, 09:23 AM
BAMBERG - At some point over the next 24 hours our trip will reach its half-way stage.
With two weeks gone and two weeks left to go, the World Cup has also reached the same juncture (though admittedly more than 50% of the fixtures have been played).
With this in mind - and the group stage now over - how do you think the tournament is shaping up?
Ricco and I have seen a lot of football, though it has to be said a decent percentage of this has involved blokes kicking a ball around a campsite. (I should mention we have also seen a few Americans playing baseball).
It seems to have been a pretty attacking World Cup, with relatively few of those dour, defensive games that are apparently devoid of anyone's desire to score.
I would have to say that, from a personal point of view, three things stick in the mind.
They are; meeting Shevchenko, watching Ricco drive Svan around Hockenheim and handing 'Fletch and Ricco' T-shirts to the security guards at England's team hotel in Baden Baden.
All of our trip so far has been in the south of the country so with this in mind we are now heading north.
Leipzig is our first stop then Hannover and on to Hamburg. If you feel there is anything we really must do in this places - or en route - let us know.
Ricco and I spent Friday in the beautiful city of Bamberg, just north of Nuremberg.
Not that I saw too much of it.
Washing was top of the agenda, followed by a desperate search for some rope so that I could hang my clothes out to dry.
In the end I just put them on the roof of Svan and the German weather did the rest.
Ricco must be very pleased about this because there were some dodgy smells emanating from a few of my socks, which were on the verge of becoming independent lifeforms.
After that I checked the oil and water levels and had a general tidy inside Svan, failed to find a post office and turned up at a hairdressers only to discover it was closed.
Ricco and I did manage to try the local brew last night - it is called Rauchbier and, honestly, tastes like bacon!
Don't forget to guess our mileage for the chance to win some
fabulous Sport Relief prizes, including a Pele-signed table football and
our very own Shevchenko-signed Fletch and Ricco t-shirts.