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We've arrived. We've done it. Portland, OR, USA to Leicester UK, overland by bus and train as far as practically possible. We feel happy. Here are the interim stats...
14 countries between the US and the UK.
60+ towns, cities and hotels.
We're still working on the blog and will continue to post for a few ...
... in animal pyjamas. Lions and tigers and bears. Ohhhh my... The quiz was entertaining. I did not do as well as I hoped. There were four teams. Three of them made of groups and one that consisted of just me because I wanted to see how much I knew on my own. Admittedly this isn't the best strategy for making friends. After the quiz we went on the bar crawl, but I decided not to drink. I got to know everyone but they went ...
It was dull and grey, typical England but at least it was dry.
Tanked up in Portsmouth and set off up the M27.
Just before the A34 it started to rain and the traffic was horrendous. The M40 was at a standstill.
It eventually thinned out on the A43 ...
... for Club dinner, where we catch up with the hospitable Ashby crowd. Next day I follow the lads to croquet, in the drizzle. I can watch the games, although it is a bit cool. By the afternoon the sun is out. Pete plays John Paul Moberly in the semi, but alas does not prevail. Will Gee, the local lad is beaten in the other semi by Mike O'Brian. We retire for lunch, made by lovely Jenny, of meat ...
... there several times!
You can climb to the top of the Hastings tower (there are 98 steps). The view from the top is amazing. I had to pull Isabel away from the edge as what's the first thing she tries to do......climb it to get a better view! We headed straight back down.
That child is aging me way to quickly.
We then had a little look around the town and headed back home.
This time without Esmeralda's help. It took 1 and a half ...