Saturday, May 31, 2014

I’m reassured

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I get up Saturday morning, waking with cramp in my left leg badly. I hop out of bed like a mad man. Arrgrgh, now that might ruin my plan for latter. I start my MX5 up which has been sitting around doing nothing for a while and head into Cannock to visit the bank to get rid of my Scottish money and have a general shop around. I take my mom, who doesn’t appreciate riding in my green car with the roof down, but the sun is out and she is welcome to come with me to get out of the house and enjoy the sun.

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Around dinner time I take her to the Barnes.

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This pleases her no end, even if it doesn’t look like it.

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to my surprise they have done the place up. We have a nice meal and enjoy the service. My mom is well recognised here it is her favourite place to come.

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I go to the gents and ooh my good they have refurbed in here. A place often missed.

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I get hoe eventually, swap cloths, put the bike rack on, get the bike out and head over to my brothers.

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On with his bike and some water in the boot and we are off to Cannock chase trails.

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Yeah we arrive but neither of us has enough change. When I say this, my brother has brought no money with him. Luckily I have and I send him off with a fiver to find some for the parking.

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Eventually we are off.

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I let him lead for a change. Now this is going to be exciting.

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And then I see him loose his balance dodge some trees and then crash anyway.

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I watch with my camera posed. You’ll note I haven’t taken a photo of him of the floor. Two other cyclists turn up and ask if he’s alright. They are obviously wandering why I’m not helping him. He does however make a lot of noise about nothing and I could tell nothing was broken, he just needed to get back up and on the horse.

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We were off again but he wasn’t steady any more and had lost his confidence, so I went first, just like when we go skiing.

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The monkey trails are open this time so we get to do twice as much cycling! however most of it appears to be uphill. Now this is casuing problems with my left leg I had cramp in this morning.

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So our pace drops quiet dramatically with both of us going slowly.

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We sop for water but by now there not much left.

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Luckily there are some down hill sections, but for some reason my brother is using his brakes and coming down very slowly!

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Hold on his feet are on the floor!

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Is this section going to be good one wonders.

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Fro here to eternity, well the woods

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And after a long time we make it back exhausted.

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I flick to the tracker to see what we have done.

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My we have been moving for nearly 3 hours!

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We take the bikes back home and quickly get changed. My brother has a shower but for me there’s no time for that, its time for tea.

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We head into Wolvo and for a change we go for a Thai at Made In Thai. The plastic plants are still growing well.

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The service as always is impeccable, just like the tasty food. For a starter I go for something new and different and something I may not like, Mussel parcels. Well to you and me it was a kind of omelette with mussels in it, without the shells. Very tasty though. Along with the beer which seemed to go straight to our heads.

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We finish of as nearly always in Wolvo’s ultimate bar – The Possada.

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and on the wall I notice a poster. A poster I’ve not seen around before.

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Its advertising the Comedy night I’m looking forward to going to net Friday. Oddly though the only month missing on the poster is June. Now that reassuring!

Friday, May 30, 2014

The Story Ends Here

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Friday night and after work I decide to head to the pub in a last chance of doing nothing to finish off the holiday post card story.

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I got a pint in and started writing.

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There was only so many post cards left yet so much to tell. I cut it as short as i could. We went up Ben Nevis. I was so into the writing mood that it was a shame that I had only those ones left, i could have gone on some more. and so the record of the great adventure ended and I headed home not so drunk but very happy.

Monday, May 26, 2014

The Bone Idle Traveller

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I get up, have a cup of tea or two, a shower and then

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start packing. Alan and Zoe have seen if they can get a last minute Jacobite Train Ticket. And have long got up. Me I’ve had a lie in.

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I tidy the room up

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and get ready for the off

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This is it then and put my coat on.

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I head down the High Street

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Past the church

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The visitors centre with the gondola hanging next to it

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The subway art

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and to the train station. I get some supplies from the Morrisons supermarket next door – too much in fact and then head into the station.

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I have had a text saying they managed to get tickets and have so gone. I sit down have a cup of tea and

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write one important card.

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The train is due and I head to the station platform. oh my this is one popular train. I look at the ticket I got yesterday and note that they had actually reserved me a seat on coach D. Now where will that be.

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I’m glad I have a seat, in fact I have four and a large table. Odd really as the rest of the train is rammed!

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We set off and I’m sure we are heading north not south!

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My tickets are checked and I sit back and

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ponder if we will ever go south.

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I enjoy the view

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and my dinner.

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Its a long way to Glasgow, much further than I remembered.

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And this route is renowned for the views.

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and eventually they come

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lovely

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and then so does the rain!

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We stop at the most remote station in the UK. You know the one in Trainspotting – only now there is a hotel there!

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I tuck into more Scottish snacks

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enjoy the veiw

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and then we have a stop whilst the Oban train is linked to our own. The smokers vacate the train for a brief period.

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We come into outer Glasgow

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and then we are there

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So here is the route we took.

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I get off the train and into Queens Station.

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Now can I remember the way to Central Station from here.

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its certainly been a while since I was here, and perhaps I should have stayed up with Alan and Zoe afterall.

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Ah Central Station.

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and in I go. I have an 45 minutes until the train.

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I get a cup of tea, ask where the post box is and settle down to write some more.

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Eventually it is time to board the train. Ah comfort and a plug hole to power my phone thankgod.

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My tickets are checked and we are off.

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The girl comes round offering drinks and snacks. Alan was right this isn’t quiet Virgin First Class but its not £190 either. I’m comfy and there is an unlimited amount of tea on offer, well to me.

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Perhaps that is because I’m the only person how refused the snack box. Hell everyone is jealous I’ve brought my own.

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The landscape goes whizzing by.

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And I enjoy another tea.

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I look out of the window. I’m so enjoying this travel idly.

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We come to Oxford Street in Manchester, time to pack away my things

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I arrive at Manchester Piccadilly and head to the cafes

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No more tea that's for sure and I order a hot chocolate.

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She says she’ll bring it over to me so I settle in at a table and pople watch and write some more.

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Oh lovely this really is nice. 

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Time for the chu chu and off I set.

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I find the platform and there's the train.

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A long one too.

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I get on the first class carriage A

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The ticket man comes and checks me.

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We are joined by a girl. he is not happy with her but she insists she is getting off at Maccesfeild and he lets her stay. It is just the three of us then including the ticket man.

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I settle in and listen to some music

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We pass through Stockport

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Past the Plaza

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and the townhall 

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ad on comes Somewhere In My Heart by Aztec camera, now its been a long time since I’ve heard this.

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At Macclesfield the girl gets off.

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And it is just me and the conductor for the rest of the journey. He even sits in front of me.

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An hour latter

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And we arrive at Stafford where I get off.

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This is it then

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This is back to reality.

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Erm and what an adventure it has been. This was good.

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This was great.

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