Lots of race car stuff
26.01.2016 - 27.01.2016 4 °C
As you probably know, there’s lots of race car talk happens when Oli and JT get together – no changes there. What happened this time is that I needed to get some gear for Targa next year so we headed up to Wrexham (south of Liverpool) to Demon Tweeks, a great on-line motor racing shop that has a big showroom there. So I tried on helmets, gloves, race suits, fire-proof undergarments – and JT and Oli looked at race seats, communications devices and other car stuff! Sarah was the chief scribe – so now we know what fits/works and hopefully can order the right gear when we get back.
Stopped on the way back at a “Bell” inn – there are quite a number of these in England…..however, this particular one in Belbroughton, Jon-the-Pom aka Jon Tyler, actually knows! Small world! We all had a great meal, fortified for the rest of the drive back to Yate (or Chipping Sodbury for us)
Oli and JT then proceeded to do a pickup from Southampton that Oli needed to do (returning at 3am). As Sarah had to work the next day we both cried off that late expedition.
So the last day in England began. JT and I were sad to leave the Cross Hands Hotel – it was a very comfortable, relaxing place to stay and all the staff were very welcoming. Then into Yate to say goodbye to Bill and Hazel – hope to see them later in the year on our Italy trip, they are a lovely couple who we’ll miss. A quick lunch with Sarah (sad faces all around, and lots of hugs) and then we were off to Gatwick.
Surprise side trip into Bristol to the dock area to see a bit of ‘Brunel’s England’ – a Bristol native, Brunel was an inventor from the 19th century who built the first iron clad steam ship to cross the Atlantic - SS Great Britain. When launched in 1843, she was the largest vessel afloat at the time.
Then our driver took us to Gatwick – IBIS hotel for us tonight! It was sad to say goodbye to Oli too – we’ve had a wonderful time in the UK sightseeing together. Over 3000kms travelled, mostly at over 140kms per hour I might add, gotta love the ‘M’ roads.