We set off for Wales at 5.00AM. The plan was to get round the M25, along the M40 and beyond Oxford before the City's rush hour. Unfortunately an inauspicious start: the left rear tyre punctured in the vicinity of the Heathrow exit on the M25. Help was at hand to replace the tyre in the form of a kind man from Tonbridge travelling to work in Richmond.
Onward to Oxford, thence to Worcester,Leominster and Ludlow. A couple of hours in Ludlow followed by a drive to Welshpool. The plan was to go on to Bala, unfortunately our route was barred by an overturned vehicle. Retracing our steps and taking a diversionary route added 40 miles to our journey.
The return journey took us through two floods on the Leominster to Worcester road and we were hit by a rainstorm of monsoon proportions on the outskirts of Oxford. The prospect of driving along the M40/M25 in driving rain during the evening rush hour did not appeal. The route we took was via Henley, Twyford, Sandhurst, Frimley and Guildford.