A quick update on progress towards completing the Beer Guide for anyone who cares (to be fair my 16 year old son seems most interested).
The top photo shows the GBG counties I’ve now completed, beautifully coloured in pink. Finishing Tyne & Wear on Saturday at least meant that the shape on my map no longer resembles a pink dragon.
The end of the recent Ice Age makes travel easier, but progress gets progressively tougher as the journey times increase. My closest unticked GBG pub is now in Epsom, which is 2hrs 34 on the train, or 2hrs 17 if I decide to make a night of it (not unknown).
Alternatively, my closest tick to the north, in Duffield near Derby, is a mere 3hrs 37.
The Great GBG Spreadsheet shows the gaps by county;
Yes, I really need to make another 347 new pubs before the new Guide hits the floor to stay on track.
To get closer to the prize, you need to visit at least 10 new pubs each week. And even then it will take you until you’re 62, or 12 if you’re BRAPA.
Each necessary overnighter brings progressively fewer ticks. I’ve a trip to Skegness tomorrow (calm down) with a mate that will bring that target down by just three.
Retirement means more time to plan, but I can’t be out every night (Matt’s Grandparents would complain). What’s needed is a few big trips to West Wales, Devon and Scotland in the campervan while youngest son is off with his college on Geography trips.
Duncan sets the pace of course, a Bradley Wiggins to my Benny Hill as Eddy Muckxup (don’t Google it).