The Long-Standing Online Campaign, beginning in Germany, travelling through Italy and Greece to the Sea of Azov.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
All Day, Rhine River
Sunday, May 18, 1650
The sun rises as you reach the far, west arm of Lake Constance, and enter the Rhine River. You discover upon inspection that the boat is driven by the two mules below deck, turning a screw which in turn drives a paddlewheel, moving the boat forward. This has been a repetitive sound that you have heard all night long, and which you at last understand.
I have little to give here except description. The valley of the Rhine is, of course, very beautiful. The river flows between hills, and through the day you pass the little towns of Stein-am-Rhine, Schaffhausen and Waldshut, not to mention numerous castles, before finally reaching the confluence of the Rhine and the River Aau. The falls are the Rhine Falls at Schaffhausen.
The captain brings the boat near the shore at the fork of the rivers, to a dock where a group of men are waiting. The captain meets with them, pays them out some money, and proceeds to unload his two mules and two of his donkeys. With the help of the men on shore, the animals begin to drag the boat upstream. It is fifteen miles to Olten, the boat's destination, and the going is slow. However, the river current is not strong, as the Aau moves very slowly.
Throughout the day the party can do little but rest, work, pray, enjoy the scenery and rest. Jan heals himself and feels better all around. As night falls, the captain moors the boat on the shore, and the party is free to step onto land and wander a might. The captain recommends that no one goes very far, as the villagers are not welcoming, but several people do enter the woods along the short to gather firewood. A great bonfire is built. Stories are told (nothing of note), the captain produces a small keg of ale and everyone is free to partake of it. With the setting of the sun, the sabbath has passed, and Andrej and Jan are free again to work at what they will.