10th and Final European Leg. Cologne to Amsterdam

This will be the last daily blog update of this adventure folks. I don’t see any point in blogging about the journey from Newcastle to Scotland. 🤷🏻‍♂️

What I will do though is produce a summarising blog. I will do this once we are home, maybe over the weekend. If you all follow the Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages, you will get a notification once I’ve uploaded the summary.


No changes to the route today. The route again was predominantly motorway. Taking us towards Düsseldorf, Arnhem, Utrecht and into Amsterdam to the ferry terminal. 🛳️

We decided to take our time this morning. Last night was our last night in Eddy for the foreseeable future, unless of course Mrs decides I’m banished to Vanlife now. 😂🤞🏻 Wouldn’t that be awful? 😂😂

We spent a bit of time this morning sorting out all Eddy’s contents, making sure everything was in its place, fridge emptied of perishables and making sure everything was where it was meant to be.

So hit the road we did. I’m afraid to say, there was not much to write about on today’s route, apart from the fact it was windy. 🌬️😉😂 It may have been motorway all of the way but, I will never get fed up driving Eddy.

This has been a real adventure for us. Mrs even thanked me today for doing all the organising. 😂😲. I thought I knew everything there was to know about Eddy before we set off but this trip has taught me even more. I’ve gained more of an overall understanding of Eddy and how the Subaru engine works in absolute harmony with the old VW t25 platform and also because we’ve spent longer living out of him this time, I have a few ideas of how to make him even better. 😁. I would like to take this opportunity to mention Andy Raw and the team at TSR Engine Conversions. https://tsrengineconversions.co.uk check them out on Facebook etc too. Andy has been a massive help to me when I embarked upon the project of the Subaru swap in 2020. We’ve never actually met in person but I’ve had many many conversations and video calls with Andy during the conversion process. I cannot stress enough how important Andy’s help was. His expertise put together with the time and determination from myself and my good friend Duncan Turner is what has made all this possible.

8 consecutive nights living out of Eddy may seem like a chore to some but honestly this has been a pleasure. It might be hard for some people to believe but it’s actually been very comfortable. Don’t get me wrong, we’ve had to be organised and everything needs to be put back where it belongs once used.

We have wanted for nothing. We have chosen this time to eat salads and cook on the Cob bbq mostly but we had an oven and gas hob at our disposal if we’d fancied something else. I’ve had my potable espresso machine and milk frother for morning coffee ☕️ and Mrs has had her portable Sodastream machine (yip portable Sodastream complete with tiny little one use gas canisters). 🤷🏻‍♂️👌🏻 The fridge has worked perfectly keeping everything fresh without any doubt. Mrs’s water for her Sodastream had even partially frozen this morning. We did need to fire up the blown air heating one night just to take the edge off the cool temperatures in the Alps 🗻.

So after about 3 and a half hours of driving today, we arrived at the ferry terminal in Amsterdam 🛳️. Again easy check in and loaded onto the ferry in no time. Really simple, I can’t recommend DFDS enough. Absolutely brilliant.

Approaching the check in.

Slightly different cabin on the ferry ⛴️ today because the double cabins were sold out. I actually think there is more room and better use of space in this cabin.

It’s actually got 4 beds. The top two fold down. Be a bit cramped though with 4 occupants.

We had decided to try the a la carte restaurant tonight (North Sea Bistro) rather than the buffet we enjoyed on the ferry ⛴️ over. This turned out to be the highlight of today. This meal was very very good and well presented. Tasted excellent and to be honest it was top restaurant quality. See for yourself.

Bread nibbles 🥖
Insalata Caprese
Fish of the day, Red Sapper
Ribeye Steak

That’s all Folks. Dag from Amsterdam. 👋👋👋👋👋👋

Ps as I eluded to earlier, watch out for the summarising blog to be uploaded shortly. 😉

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