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Friday, April 5, 2013


Not a good start to the day as it is a bit cloudy and cold.  Packed up the van and got on the road in 60 minutes.  That is from getting out of bed to putting the car in Drive.  Not bad going.

An uneventful drive up to the new site.  Started off with a trip around Salisbury on the ring road then onto a variety of roads until the M5 at Gloucester.  Then onto the M6 and finally onto another variety of roads to the site.  Missed the sign the first time around and went up a road that I would never have dreamt of taking the van onto, but it is a bit hard to reverse it down narrow lanes.  Got set up and settled in.

The M6 is a terribly busy road and the M5 is not far behind it.  Both roads service all the West of the UK from London to Glasgow in the case of the M6 and from Exeter to where it joins the M6 near Birmingham in the case of the M5.  The M6 is now up to 4 lanes in each direction for most of it's length and it serves the motorways to Liverpool and Manchester and the M62 across to Leeds and some North Eastern ports.  The M5 connects to the M4 which connects Bristol to London.  As usual I just sit in the inside lane behind a truck and relax.  Van handles nicely with the stabiliser on it and I could pick up a bit of speed but we are never in a hurry.

The roads over here are getting close to maximum capacity with cars and trucks, and even the minor roads are busy.  The population of the UK is about 62 million.  In June 2012 there were 34 million cars registered in the UK.  When you consider that Victoria is bigger than England and Scotland put together it gives you some idea of just how crowded the roads are.  But for all that there is still huge areas of beautiful countryside to travel through.

As mentioned before, this area had severe snow storms last week and snow is still everywhere. All the roads are open but as the wind is still cold and the temp at night still drops below zero, the snow is hanging around.  It is bizarre to drive past snow drifts on the side of the roads when it is supposed to be Spring.

I'll leave this at this point and fill it in a bit more when I join Jean in Southport.
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