Great Journey 🏴 Day 684
We didn't quite understand the magic of the kelpies. There are folk tales in which water spirits, which can look like horses or women, appear and do something. What exactly, we don't know.
From the main road we can already see the steel giants neighing into the distance and possibly mythologising. So we stop and take a closer look. They already look even bigger, masses of steel and a lot of water are involved here. The whole thing, next to the pens, seems more like a family destination with a soft ice cream stand and a fountain paddling pool.
Good, because that gives us time for two more highlights of the day: The ship's hayride Falkirk and washing clothes at the petrol station.
This boat lift (we still remember the trips to Niederfinow with our kids) looks really cool. Old-fashioned knowledge and modern technology create the only rotating boat lift in the world. Why it was built, well, we didn't quite understand that either. A lot of waterways even had to be diverted.
The basis of the design is the Archimedean theory of displacement, which states that a floating object (in this case a boat) displaces its exact weight in the water. "Eureka, eureka!"
Many tourist boats just go up and right back down again. Some houseboats pass the lift, we just watch. It does look kind of great. And since the sun is shining, we just sit there until we have seen the spectacle several times.
After all, there's still time to do the laundry.
News #1 On 24 June we will give a talk about our trip in the van in Konolfingen, Bern, Switzerland. All info and the possibility to Registration here. We look forward to seeing you!
News #2 I am currently writing a book about the encounters on our journey. If you would like to test-read a chapter or two this summer, please contact me by email.
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