Shortly before the Corona crisis, two people from Neuchâtel took part in the charity rally "The Baltic Sea Circle", which took them to the North Cape.
Niederneuching - Exciting days and the most exciting adventure of her life are behind Andrea Stengl and Stefan Heinze. Before the Corona crisis, the two from Niederneuchingen took part in the charity rally "The Baltic Sea Circle", which took them to the North Cape, 7,500 kilometers away.
The couple traveled to ten countries with Waldi, the 23-year-old moss-green Subaru Forester, and experienced some surprises in the 16 days, as the 29-year-old teacher reported after her return. The rally started at the Hamburg fish market. However, since the weather did not play along at the beginning of the adventure, the booked ferry was canceled on the first day. "It meant rescheduling right away. So we went straight towards the bridge from Denmark to Sweden, ”says Stengl.
200 kilometers with smelly fish in the car
At the start they got a road book. Every day there was a task to be accomplished. "It was exciting, funny and gave great impressions." For example, the two had to build a snowman with another team, find a helicopter or tank, visit a haunted house or put up a cross on a certain hill. "And then we also had to open a 'stinky fish' and transport it 200 kilometers by car," adds Stengl.
The first days of travel were a special challenge. "We always arrived late at the planned location." But with Waldi they had a loyal vehicle that hardly made any complaints. Only the exhaust is broken once. This was repaired in a workshop near Narvik (Norway). Waldi also served as accommodation. “Sleeping in the roof tent was great. We found great places where we could stay undisturbed. Of course we also booked accommodations, because it was nice to take a shower. The coldest temperature was minus 19 degrees Celsius, ”says Heinze (32). And: “We met great people and were fascinated by nature. The absolute highlight was the northern lights. Simply impressive. The visit to the North Cape, the northernmost point in Europe, was also wonderful. The weather was perfect, ”they enthuse.
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The most painful part of the trip came at the end when Waldi was left in Poland. "Everything was gone. Our complete equipment and lots of souvenirs from the trip, ”said Stengl and Heinze, who have now digested the shock. Without further incidents they arrived in Hamburg, where the adventure ended.
“The trip welded us even closer together as a couple. We would do it again at any time, ”the two assure. “We didn't notice anything from Corona during the trip - only in the evening when you read the newspaper online. It didn't get bad until we were back. So we were really lucky, ”they are happy. The rally was also a charitable success, as Stengl and Heinze collected 840 euros for the animal shelter Erding.