Today was supposed to be an easy day. We only traveled 70km’s and the only chore for the day was to fill the LP gas. That was where the easy day unraveled.
We had our first experience of German Autobahns as we left Kehl we traveled for about 50km’s on the autobahns and for a 15km stretch there was no speed limit. So we were puttering along in the right lane at about 90kph (roughly 55mph) while cars were blasting by in the left lane at least double that. The roads are really good though and free.
About 20km from Freiberg we saw a sign advertising LP gas at the next exit so we whipped in for what I thought would be a quick fill. Our LP gas system that we use for cooking, heating, and running the refrigerator when we are not plugged in is British, and a bit unusual for Europe. Most RV’s carry cooking bottles and they exchange them when you run out. Unfortunately the bottles and the regulators are not standardized in Europe. To get around this problem we bought this British fixed bottle gas system, and you fill it from a pump like the US. The pumps are pretty common at gas stations as a fair amount of the cars and vans here run on LP gas. The only problem is the pumps are not standardized there are 4 different systems, one for France and Spain, one for Germany, and one for Britain, I am not sure where the fourth system is used. The system came with 4 different adaptors so I could hook up to the pump depending on what country we were trying to fill up in Now that you know way too much about LP gas in Europe here is the story.
We have filled up in France on multiple occasions so I thought no big deal as I pulled up to the pump. When I opened the bag that I keep the adaptors in the German one was missing. After digging around hoping it had come loose and was rolling around in the back I remembered that in Spain I was sorting thru them the first time I filled up there. I am certain I forgot it in Spain.
We need gas so I said some bad words and got in the car, confessed my stupidity, and as I drove on to Freiburg Ton began researching propane stores. We tried one RV dealer without success, and when we arrived at the campground I asked the receptionist if she could help. She was kind enough to call around to ask. After a couple of calls she told me there was a place that had it, so we were off.
When we arrived they realized we were talking about something different than they thought. They took a look at our system and said the words I did not want to hear, we do not have these in Germany. But the two of them had a further conversation and asked me to wait a minute. A few minutes later one guy walked out and handed me a sticky note with the address of an Esso fuel station. He said the owner had a box of adaptors people had forgotten in the past and I was welcome to go see if one that would work was in the box. Well to make a long story short there was a well used one in there and it works. Even better he would not take any money for it. So we are not faced with calling England and arranging to have one shipped to us here in Germany!
To make penance for my stupidity I took Ton to two groceries store for some recreational shopping. We always say we are traveling not vacationing, so today was a day for traveling not sight seeing.