Last stop Cologne
- 11 Jul 06, 12:19 AM
COLOGNE - This is it then, our final night in Germany spent having a great meal by the banks of the Rhine in a southern suburb of Cologne with one of our many new found friends, actor Joachim Krol.
And, like Fletch, the hospitality of the German people towards the hordes of invading strangers will stick with me for a long time.
Sadly, we were unable to take up the offer of blog reader Florian due to a mix up with his e-mail address - get in touch Florian and we'll make sure you at least get a Fletch and Ricco T-shirt.
Joachim had been in contact with us a number of times since our chance meeting on the train to Gelsenkirchen for England's ill-fated quarter-final, and he wanted us to come and have a drink and something to eat with him and his family in his home town.
He even had a couple of gift-wrapped presents for Fletch and myself - a baseball cap in the colours of his favourite team Borussia Dortmund and one commemorating that match against Portugal.
So our last evening was spent in good company, eating great food and with a good beer - although here in Cologne the measures are miniscule - the perfect way to say auf wiedersehen.
I've also got to say thanks for all the very nice comments people have left on our last few entries - especially that from your friends around the world - you're all too kind.
We've got several stops earmarked on the way to Calais - I'll admit they mostly involve the purchase of alcohol - where we hope to get on a ferry ahead of schedule, the lure of my wife and my own bed are very strong after five weeks in a confined space with a sports journalist.
But keep reading, there are still about 600km to go on this trip and anything could go wrong - please no!
In the meantime make sure you check out some photos from our final days in Berlin on our Flickr page.