Phase one complete

Trip Start Mar 28, 2011
Trip End Apr 13, 2011

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Well, I made it to York in one piece. No wi-fi here so hoping to find a Starbucks tomorrow (only because they have BT Openzone!) so I can post a proper update.

Ah, Starbucks. Coffee's crap but the Openzone connection is spot on!!

Well, me and my travelling companion, known as "the bus", managed to make it to York.  Last night, I dined "chez moi" on tinned Fray Bentos pie.  I think it was meant to serve four but it didn't look very big when I put it on the plate.  Suffice to say, there's none left...  The catering was enhanced by a couple of (small) glasses of red...

So what can I say about York?  Well, first impressions, as I walked the Wall, were not good.  I couldn't work out what all the fuss was about but now I've spent the morning mooching around the centre, I can only say you shouldn't trust your first impressions.  It is indeed a lovely place.

Anyway, the run here was uneventful. The speedo said I'd done 161 miles at an average of 60 mph.  The satnav was somewhat more truthful, going for 122 miles at 45 mph.  I’ll know from now on to take anything this bus throws at me with a pinch of salt. 

Worthy of note is that I overtook three vehicles on the M1 – all in one manoeuvre.  Subsequently, I stuck rigidly to the inside lane never to stray from my rightful location.  But I don’t think there were too many drivers frustrated by my progress – possibly because there were generally two lanes available to get past me.  Just wait until I get onto those narrow hilly roads through the Dales.  Then they’ll suffer!

So, after 122 miles – or 161 if you’re feeling generous - the bus has probably used half a tank of diesel (gulp!), half a pint of water and half a gallon of oil.  Could be an expensive trip this! 

And in an attempt to look like a seasoned professional when I pulled into the campsite, I wound the window down to reverse onto my “pitch” and forgot the little foible whereby you have to physically pull down the driver’s window as well as wind it down.  So now the transport’s topped up with water and oil – and the window winder’s been repaired...
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Becks on

Even if you turn back now, I feel the trip to York alone would have been worth the effort?!

I'm not sure the Campervan Cookbook included an entry on Fray Bentos cuisine (i use the term loosely, you understand) but we'll let you off as it was your first night...)

Looking forward to tales of honking hooters and first-gear hill climbs x

cotysmore on

Blimey Becks, you MUST be busy...

Posting comment approximately ten seconds after I updated it!!

Hoping to make friends before the big hills - someone with a big, big winnebago - and a tow rope!!

Lynne on

Hope you are having fun, Just started raining here and it's freezing!!! Really envy you your trip-we love Yorkshire and Durham and the west coast!x

Neil on

Love it pa!

Ste had warned me that "The Bus" was a bit of a rotbox but I hadn't realised the extent of it.

Great talking to you earlier - looking forward to the next installment of Phil and Bussy's Wacky Adventures!

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