Conwy - The Round-About Way
Trip Start May 30, 2012
83Trip End Nov 07, 2012
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3) Using my left hand to shift - my right hand knows where the gears are and I am so used to pulling the stick towards me to shift into first. We had a couple stalls coming out of York.
2) Hugging the right side of the lane instead of the left - in Canada, to keep the vehicle centered in the middle of the lane, the driver has to be closer to the left hand side of any particular lane. I have found out that I do this without thinking, it's muscle memory. But in the UK, the driver is on the right hand side of the car, and so, to keep the car centered in the middle of the lane, you have to be closer to the lines on your right. This feels weird for me and I have to constantly make an effort to hug the right side of the lane.
And...1) The signal and wiper blade switches are opposite - as I quickly found out driving out of the parking lot, I wanted to signal which way I was turning, so my left hand hit the switch to signal. Instead my wiper blades start going back and forth. Signalling is usually something you want to do pretty quickly, especially when you are making a quick decision. It is most annoying to have the wiper blades come on when you trying to quickly signal. Apparently not all cars in UK have the signal switch on the right, but our little Rio does, and I have to be quite on the ball to remember this tiny little detail
Once we got on the motorway life was good, three lanes to use. Except as Jess pointed out, it always feels like we are on the outskirts of some city, we are never in the wide expanse between cities like back home. It's like a never ending Deerfoot Trail, with sign information constantly coming at you. The round-abouts are very efficient and fun to use as long as you know what exit to get off at. That's where a good navigator really comes in handy. Jess is doing a great job at navigating. It is Jess' job to quickly find the town or city that is written beside the road number. Like instead of putting the A371 East or West, the sign says A371 (Wells). So Jess has to quickly find if Wells is in the direction we want to go. I have a trait that I think I inherited from my mother that is rather annoying on road trips. My bladder seems to speed up when I'm nervous or anxious. No matter how many times I take a leak before we get into the car, my bladder still finds some liquid from somewhere to fill itself up. Jess says I'm like a puppy in this way. We were stuck in traffic on a major motorway, not going anywhere, and I had to go! It was building up for a while, and I think I would have been fine if there was no traffic jam, but there was. I pulled over in the hard shoulder, put the blinkers on and ran into the bushes just in time. It actually worked out pretty smooth, because traffic was going pretty slow. I don't know why I just told that story. We got into Conwy in one piece and found our hostel. We only had one night in Conwy, Wales, but it was worth the trip. Conwy has a medieval castle from the mid 1200's still in really good condition, with walled fortresses and towers extending from it going right to the sea
P.S. I am sorry to say, Jess has taken a commanding 26-21 lead in the crib matches. She is getting so lucky!