Phase one complete
Trip Start Mar 28, 2011
15Trip End Apr 13, 2011
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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
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...