Regular readers will be familiar with my weekly journeys along the A14 to proper towns.
The toughest section is the first bit. Even at 21:44 tonight, it would take me 1hr 39 to get to Rugby, for instance, missing last orders at the Half Moon. Fifteen years ago that would have taken 1hr 10. I blame the smoking ban.
You can see the slow bits heading
east west from Cambridge to Huntingdon marked in red and orange, a ten mile stretch of 40mph limits and narrow lanes. Glad I’m not driving an Eddie Stobart lorry to Felixstowe.
But the four year improvement scheme is reaching its final 12 months, and on Monday we got a 3 lane Huntingdon bypass section to explore. PLEASE KEEP AWAY AND LET US ENJOY IT FOR A WHILE.
Apparently open a year ahead of plan, which is amazing when you know how long it was delayed by Duncan’s escaped moth and the big pool of “water” from when I let BRAPA out of my car near Ellington last year.
It still takes AGES to get to the start of the bypass, of course, but once you get there it’s like the M6 Toll. Folks going totally mad in their desperation to clock up 3 points.
It must save at least 12 minutes 27.5 seconds each way. Hurrah !
Million of Cambridge folk can now realistically do day trips to honeypots like Thrapston, Leighton Bromswold and Raunds, wherever that is.
In 1989, East Berliners enjoying their first taste of freedom in November 1989 crossed into the West and bought bananas and bottles of Sam Smiths Taddy Porter. I went to Grafham Water.
You turn off the new improved A14 at Ellington, whose Mermaid so impressed BRAPA last year with its £95 tasting menu.
Two miles to the reservoir, rather Rutland Water on the cheap but good enough for our lads to learn camping skills when they were eleven.
Lovely setting, shame about the mud.
If it had a micropub, you could imagine you were on a desert island.
Wait ! What’s this ?
A little micro in what looks like a scout hut in the village (park here and save £3.50 on parking and spend it on cake).
Obviously the pub was closed, but since it’s bound to be in the Guide next year I’ll drive Mrs RM here for a special treat.
She can drive me back; I’ll bribe her with bottles of local beer from the adjacent shop.
On second thoughts, I’ll bribe her with the fudge brownie. That’ll work.
It’s got diglycerides in it.