Langtoftlad's Great British Tour... Part One

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  1. Langtoftlad

    Langtoftlad Funster Life Member

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    So, two weeks ago retirement became official (y)...
    Via my (ex) job I've been lucky enough to see a lot of the world but know little of my home nation.
    The retirement plan is to remedy this.

    So June is the month to begin
    ...but first a little diversion.
    I'd been mulling over getting Cruise for the old bus. Having got a new car with it, made my mind up.
    So I'm booked in with TV star @dave newell lvs 08.30 tomorrow morning :D.

    Which is why you find me supping a pint parked up at Britstop #453/16 in brilliant sunshine.

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    Large gravel area, very slightly sloping, behind main carpark

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    Looks worth the wait, 12oz smoked gammon slathered in melted Stilton (salt overload) £10.95

    Day one.
     
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    Today has been a good day - the sun and the gods have shone.

    First order of business was an early morning visit to Mr/s @dave newell lvs for...

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    I hardly had time to wander into the village for an excellent full English for £4.90 (but @ianthebuilder take note, only one cup of tea included, a further cup was extra... meanies)

    So the MH was all done by the time I strolled back, paid the Funster discounted bill (thank you Mr Newell), and the TV star himself gave me thorough run through of its operation.
    Final parting words were "by the next roundabout you'll wonder how you ever did without it"
    Prophetic words - except, me being a slow learner, it took two roundabouts :whistle:.

    Plenty of opportunity to test it out on the 120 mile run to tonights Britstop #709, especially during the extensive 50mph average speed limit on the M1.
    Minor excitement was passing a van which was well ablaze - apparently much to the amusement of the driver & his mate who were sat on the safety barrier phones held aloft, recording all for posterity :rolleyes:.
    Wonder what chaos that will have caused when the emergency services turned up?

    Anyway, tonight's accommodation (#709) is a definate cut above last nights.

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    ...and dinner;

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    Belly of pork BBQ ribs - never had that cut before - just a half rack (thank god), so much meat! I wuz defeated, had to leave the chips :whatthe:. £9.95.
     
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    ...and tonight's live version of East-Nation St- Farm was couple opposite, she was all over him. Mid thirties probably.
    What was the story?
    Internet date, an affair :cool: ?

    Then brilliantly - the ultimate passion killer...





    ...his mum called



    ...and he answered :rofl:.




    (Actually, more of the story became apparent during that call :RollEyes:)
     
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    And finally - before I waddle back to my van ;


    Stuffed as I am, I couldn't resist the -
    Fresh raspberry cheesecake with Calvados icecream...

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    Yum.
     
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    Three minutes down the road - incidentally I've never seen so many Gatso scameras along a short stretch of road - was the National Coal Mining museum.

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    Freeloaders take note, free to enter, the underground tour is £3 but you can get that back if you hand in your tally token.

    Underground tour is about an hour & half, light hearted, informative & atmospheric - and free if you're a meanie.

    Interestingly, the wounds of the 84 strikes are still, perhaps unsurprisingly, raw.

    On my tour, there were old miners, why.
    Including an 89 year old guy - had a bit of a chat over lunch (me a very respectable Yorkie with two tasty black pepper & sage sausages, mash, peas &... onion gravy)

    No battery items underground, so you have to give up your phones, cameras etc etc... it's still governed by mining regulations & statutes.

    Highly recommended for a few hours, if you're in the area.

    Now at a Funster's fave;

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    Easy run, small diversion to Tesco Extra for best value diesel.
    Here I recommend PetrolPrices.com, I have the app, you can search best value fuel prices - registration is free.

    Chinese TruckNav (sort of) let me down.
    I missed a turn & the "recalculating route" sent me down Terry Ave before the low 8'6" bridge - ooops.

    No problem, a simple 10 point turn with just the odd half dozen onlookers :whistle:.

    Apart from that - having a quiet night in :rolleyes:.
     
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    i thought you would start at the Waggon and Horses then make your way to the George in Stamford:)
     
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    Don't need the MH for them, too local.
    Used to love going to the George - when I was married & had a bit of cash.
    No longer married and as for the cash :rolleyes:...
     
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    Only just spotted your thread @Langtoftlad :) are you going to be touring the whole country ? Glad I've been out for a wethers steak night otherwise I'd be starving after seeing your pics:LOL:
     
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    ditto Debs, Spoons steak night for us too £6,05! Called Sheaf island !
    Love your blog of your trip @Langtoftlad!
     
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    That's the Grand Retirement Plan - but will be in easily digestible chunks...
     
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    Ah I've always been very fond of Rowntree park, even though I've had to take to the flood escape route before. Its just a really central point to stroll around the walls from. Enjoy....
     
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    Looking forward to reading this.....(y)
     
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    Good plan, hope you enjoy your retirement plan.(y)
     
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    Great to see your enjoying your trip and all that food!
     
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    Is there some severe penalty for revealing Britstops locations?

    For those of us without the Britstops book it is difficult to know where you are!!
     
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    @BritStops has asked us not to, other than by numbers. General locations are fine.
    So first stop was near Dave Newell's, second was between Wakefield & Huddersfield (Grange Moor) and now I'm in York at the Caravan Club site, Rowntree Park :).
     
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    At £27 a throw I bet he does:)
     
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    Not getting into that horny old argument, a MHF perennial :rolleyes:, save to say that for me personally myself - its been worth every penny (y).
     
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    Just having a welcome...
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    after walking the city walls.


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    Who ever was in charge of city planning permission & allowed some of the ugly buildings and housing within the historic city should be shot

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    ...and one for @cliffandger
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    Don't need to go to Croatia for your washing line pics :cool:
     
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    As I am only in the UK for a couple of months a year and only a small part of that is touring the expenditure would not be worthwhile.

    I am however travelling back to the North from Portsmouth via Vanbitz and Dave Newells in July, any suggestions for a pub that allows stopovers nearby would be appreciated:)

    Enjoy the rest of your trip,I will watch with interest, at some point in the future we plan to make a similar trip:)
     
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