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29th-Feb-2008 08:56 pm
travelling compantions
travelling on the motorways of England and remembering why I stopped going to Manchester by car.

Five frickin' hours (despite paying our £4.50 for the M6 Toll Motorway to avoid spaghetti juntion and Birmingham) and the weather was so foul we didn't even glimpse the Pennines in compensation for all the hold-ups that happened for no apparent reason. Loony GSD was wonderful and didn't complain once even though she had only two short 'comfort breaks' in the drizzle. It would probably have been faster on the tandem in my icon.

This bulletin comes from the Travel Lodge, Lancaster, where we are spending the night before crossing the border to the Solway Firth and Dumfries and Galloway tomorrow.

No wi-fi in the Scottish farm cottage, so I'll probably see you all sometime after the 10th.

29th-Feb-2008 08:57 pm (UTC)
Hoping the weather is kind to you
29th-Feb-2008 09:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you J. The weather forecast for next week is mixed, but we should get some bright days as well as gales, rain and snow.
29th-Feb-2008 09:10 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm probably too late to leave good wishes! But I hope you have a great time at the Scottish farm cottage. Sounds wonderful!
29th-Feb-2008 09:37 pm (UTC)
Not too late. I've paid for an hour so I'm still here - just.

It's my first trip to Scotland, so I'm looking forward to it. Whatever the weather, it will be wonderful just to be there.

Loony GSD sends Riley a kiss.
29th-Feb-2008 09:48 pm (UTC)
Have a fantastic holiday and I hope the weather improves!
9th-Mar-2008 09:49 pm (UTC)
We had some very good days when it was bright but it remained quite breezy. The cottage was wonderfully comfortable - with a telly!
29th-Feb-2008 09:56 pm (UTC)
Have a good time. The weather was vile when we arrived in Lincolnshire too with both drizzle and an icy wind. Hope your journey tomorrow is better.
9th-Mar-2008 09:50 pm (UTC)
Crossing the border was a bit of an anti-climax. It was flatter than the Lake District, being alongside the Solway Firth.
29th-Feb-2008 10:06 pm (UTC)
Aha! I know the Travel Lodge in Lancaster - well in passing, so to speak - I drive past it almost every time I bring a car off-island.

Bet it's windy there tonight - it is actually windy enough for the night sailing to Heysham to have been cancelled.
29th-Feb-2008 10:43 pm (UTC)
It's bloody windy here, and we are
9th-Mar-2008 09:52 pm (UTC)
It was very windy and remained breezy for most of the week, with the gales returning on Thursday. Lancaster's an old stamping ground of ours, too, it being where MWNN did his MA.
29th-Feb-2008 10:19 pm (UTC)
Ouch. Not a good journey.

(I'll not mention that the two times I drove to Dumfries itself last year - once for my Aunt's funeral and cremation, once to take my Mum to have a significant chat with my Uncle and other Aunt - it was about five hours each way. The first time was in weather bad enough that roads were being closed. But travelling outside any form of rush hour certainly helps.)

If you're near Dumfries itself, the place to eat is apparently the Linen Room. Sadly, it was already booked out last when we got up there.

Edited at 2008-02-29 22:19 (UTC)
9th-Mar-2008 09:56 pm (UTC)
I only visited Dumfries once, and, of course, had missed your comment so we couldn't avail of your recommendation. Maybe next time.

The journey back home (from Manchester) took only 2.5 hours, it being Sunday morning.

You have Scottish ancestors? What's the name?
9th-Mar-2008 11:18 pm (UTC)
You have Scottish ancestors? What's the name?

Bellingham, as it happens. Pretty much the earliest ancestor we can trace in direct male line was actually the royal forester to the King of Scotland.

Though the family currently living up there moved there from further south. That Aunt still up there? South African.
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