At the time, I was
un-subscribed to the Se7en's
List, not having a reliable facility to collect mails.
Or, in fact the time to read them - so no change there then.
had both booked their places by the time Steve told me about
it and nagged me to get Mandy and I to go along. At the
same time Nigel signed up which meant that by the time I
got my mail sent off, all the places were gone. I was put
on the reserve list though, and after a couple of weeks
of thinking it wasn't to be, someone had to drop out, the
1st reserve couldn't go, so we were on the list.
The trip was arranged over a long weekend in May (11th to
the 14th) taking in both the Friday and the Monday, but
only half of each, allowing people traveling time. Not much
preparation was needed on my car, a thorough spanner check
and top-up of the levels and she was ready to go. The Thursday
evening before came and I went back to my place to collect
the car before heading over to Mandy's for the night and
an early start. It was at this point that I discovered that
my hood had gone missing. I search the house loft, the garage
loft, the shed, everywhere, all to no avail. A phone call
to Dad, now almost living in Spain, didn't come up with
any clues. By now it was around 10pm and I had to get going
in order to grab at least a couple of hours sleep. The hood
was gone and we were heading to Scotland in early May -
certifiable I believe is the term you are looking for.
I think we finally rolled into bed at around 11pm, and rolled
out again at 2am. This is truly nuts. Wearing all that we
could, whilst still being able to fit in the seven, we woke
up the street at about 2.15am and headed to the M4. We took
a very boring route of motorways, but at that time they
were completely empty save for the odd lorry. We made good
time I enjoyed a lovely sun rise as we passed through the
lake district and stopped for some breakfast not far short
of the Scottish border. Steve and Nigel had driven up the
night before, deciding to have a B&B stop over and after
our travel stop breakfast we called to see if we could meet
up, as we had already passed their stopping point, but they
were only just about to have breakfast so we headed off
after a brief walk and an attempt to grab some shut eye.
We got to the redenvous point early and were only the second
car the arrive, tried to get some more sleep and gave up
as we were too excited and more cars were arriving all the
The details of the trip, the routes and hotels can all be
, but to say that in took in some of the best roads I've
driven is putting it mildly. All the cars divided themselves
off into little groups based mainly on speed and mostly
met up at the viewing points arranged along the routes.
The weather, thankfully, remained perfect all weekend, with
no rain in sight, just bright clear skies and warm sunshine.
It really was a magical 4 days, great roads, excellent company,
fabulous weather and large meals - what more could you want?
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