North England Run 2010
Just wanted to post up to say a big thank you to Emily and Jamie for a great drive out. Great company, great roads and fish and chips by the sea to finish off! What more could you ask for?
Hope your camping goes better tonight than last night!!
Thanks Emily for sorting this out, there was some great roads. I do hope the rest of your weekend is good. Thanks to your extended family as well.
Nice to meet you andy, and cheers for the mirror cover.
Vehicle: Suzuki Cappuccino
No, thank you both for coming!
The weekend was certainly an experience, that has to be said hahaha!!! It got a lot better on the Sunday though, Neil bought some tent pegs, and we booked in to an actual campsite (hehe) and had a really good nights sleep on Saturday night!!! On Sunday we hired a boat at Ullswater and went for a trip 'round the lake.
Much better than Friday's effort hahaha
For anyone wondering what I'm on about, well....
On Friday we left Tamworth at 2pm and headed up the M6 to 'the north'!!!! The 196mile trip shouldn't have taken more than 3.5hrs but instead it took 7hrs!!! The traffic was horrendous! My sat nav on my phone flagged 80% of the M6 as red and about 10% as orange (with red being stationary and orange being slow moving).
Once we arrived at Wasdale head, our intended campsite had long filled up, along with all the surrounding sites. We found an unofficial site on the village green which was being used as on overspill. The boys set about setting up the tent whilst I visited the local restrooms. On my return the boys were walking towards me looking less than impressed. "There's no pegs!" "what?" Turns out the last brother to borrow the tent failed to put the pegs back in the bag when he'd finished with it.
So the tent was put back in the bag and an alternative saught. None of the campsite shops were open at this point (what with it being 10pm on a Friday night), and the only bunk house around was full. So we did the only thing sensible at the time and pulled into a layby at Waste water and set up the cookers. It had taken so long to get there that the frozen food that was chilled en route had now defrosted into one big soggy lump! With no alternative we throughly cooked that and without any milk made black tea.
As Neil attempted to move his Audi into reverse it became apparent the clutch was no longer working, and we were therefore forced to finally admit defeat and by 2am decided to sleep in the cars where we were.
At 5am we woke up, back aching, and headed to Penrith to find a Halfords or similar shop to purchase some clutch fluid to bleed the Audi's clutch. We spent 2hrs in a service station on the way trying to bring the Audi back to life. Finally we got her going again and made it at last to the meet nearly 1hr late!
But it got much better from there!
Photos now uploaded in the gallery:
Some of my favourites:
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