Good rest overnight, GirlRob's cough finally moving towards recovery stage. Lovely sunny morning, cereal with kiwi fruit and yogurt outside watching blackbirds, starlings, pigeons, white wagtails pecking among grass, and ducks and herons flying overhead.
BoyRob tested hot water - yay, another system working, and emptied toilet cassette (thankful yet again that the outdoor shower hose is on the same side, for easy rinsing). Wanderoos fortified themselves with hot showers, then went to pick up batteries, and took them back to Mercedes to install. GirlRob again set up devices for charging, opening mini iPad ready to write up blog notes in canteen. Turned on SIM card, roaming briefly to download emails - devastated to read one from Computer Kister that laptop's on/off switch is irretrievably broken and can't be repaired in Europe (Toshiba Radius was only released in Australia). Oh no, oh no! can continue to take photos and write blog notes, but can't download and edit photos or post notes to blog and insert images. This is a disaster for GirlRob, however will the blog posts be kept up to date?? Rang son-in-law Neil in Oz, who agreed to try to organise warranty repair on laptop if sent back to Oz, plus resend to us along track - eg Athens? Sent message to Julia and Eskil re contacting friend in Bratislava that we now can’t be there before 4th June.
Vehicle batteries were successfully installed, so off we went to a different supplier and ordered ones for house (nobody keeps anything in stock - it comes from central warehouse overnight), then found fabricator to see if they could enlarge holders for new batteries. They were on lunch, so we sat in truck and had our salami salad too. The guy who looked at job was not enthusiastic about our small fiddly job and sent us off to "squeeze" batteries in! Nothing more could be done on vehicle today, so went on to computer store, gave them portable drive for backup of laptop hard drive (spent an inordinate amount of time at counter while owner filled in his report in English of why he couldn't repair anything!) and ordered a car charger with 4USB ports (to use whilst driving, and to avoid using internal inverter/ house batteries for charging). At information centre located a different Stellplatz with access to washing machines, found out Schweinfurt does actually stand for Pig City which we’d assumed, bought piggy key ring for GirlRob’s camper door key which keeps being misplaced, (“Little Pig, Little Pig, let me come in..."), and bought piggy postcards - the oldest grandson should enjoy Albert Schweinstein!!
Located new Stellplatz along forest track, and given machines were actually available, GirlRob collected sheets, towels and clothes for hours of washing and drying. BoyRob took opportunity to fit to the ceiling, the new fan he'd brought over from Oz. Unfortunately the wires shorted out in the process. He gave it up in favour of concocting a salami pasta dinner. Over our cuppa Wanderoos agreed this has been a "one step forward, two steps back" trip to date...