Trip Start Oct 01, 2008
Trip End Sep 02, 2009

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Monday, August 31, 2009

August 31, Monday.

After another great full English breakfast, this one had hash browns too we continue south to Chester. We go back to the tourist information and again ask where the Recorder Steps are.  We are told where, and we walk and look and walk and look.  I give up and we walk back towards the car park along the river Dee.  I then see a cement block on the wall, noting these steps were built for the City of Chester's Recorder, Robert Comberbach, in 1700.  This is what I was looking for!  Actually I thought it was several steps with names on them, but it is only his!  We leave very happy.

We begin our drive south again, actually we head south east and go into Wales.  Yes, you know this is only for bragging rights to add another country to the list!  It is a beautiful country ride.  So what do you do in Wales?  We stopped to see a sheep auction.  Hundreds of sheep in pens coming and going.  They all have spray on them in their groups and as they are sold they put a number on them for the purchaser.

It is a dirty business as the workers have Wellingtons on (boots) and then plastic pants.  There is a young boy of 6 or 7 helping and his shirt and hands are mucky, or maybe it is poo.  His dad says he doesn’t want to go back to school he would rather stay here and help at the auctions.  The aroma is quite strong and having seen it all we leave walking past a semi full of bleating sheep, off to their new green pasture home, we hope.

We continue on back into England heading for Gloucester.  We pass Hampton Court Castle and Gardens.  There is a jousting match on today.  It is just about 4, so we have to hurry.

It was great fun, there is a good English team and the bad Normandy team.  The commentator encourages lots of cheering and booing for each side.  The presentation of the flights was colourful, entertaining and pretty authentic.  Lots of families are here for the day out.  It was so worth the stop.

We are too late to go into the Castle for a tour, oh well, next time. 

Back on the road and into Gloucester. We find a Travelodge for the night.  It is cheap, but no free wi-fi.  If they marketed on free wi-fi they would do a booming business.

Great night.

We are getting excited about the trip home and thinking we will be in one location for at least 6 months!
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