Btw, rear-ended a fellow motorist in almost stationary traffic on the autobahn on the way to Bremen. Have realised that the weight/distribution of luggage makes the front end of the bike skittish at slow speeds*. This probably contributed to me clipping a lorry with the pannier while filtering with the result that I mashed a Dutch couple's brand new bicycle carrier. 😥 No damage to the bike. 🙂
All-in-all, it was no biggie. A very civilised exchange took place and I'll have to cough up when they know the cost.
*Bike handles perfectly well at all other times. Will have to see what can be done to eliminate the issue.