On occasion we leave the boat at one location for a tour, then meet it a bit further on after the tour, allowing the boat to navigate locks, or move on from locations where pier docking is limited.
After the Nuremberg tour, we were to catch a bus for a 30 minute drive to meet the boat at Roth, a commercial port.
As we were gathering to catch our bus, our tour director informed us that the boat had been delayed at one of the large locks on the canal, and that since she couldn’t delay the busses more than 30 minutes we would be stranded at Roth for 30-60 minutes.
So most of us piled into the bar next to the bus stop to wait for the busses, while Veronika took a group of the men over to the market to buy beer, coke, water, cookies, chips, pretzels, candy, etc. for a dockside picnic.
Fortunately it wasn’t raining, and we all made rather a good time of it.
The fellow who was to give us our lecture that evening on “The EU – History, Challenges, and Chances, was to have gotten on board with us at Roth, and made his way back to his car after his talk. Because of our delay, it was decided that he would give his talk on the dock as we waited. (We have headsets that we can use to tune in to our guides.)
Our boat finally arrived to meet us, and we all had a new adventure to add to our travel tales!