Saturday, 7 July 2012

Holiday ramble

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.

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