5 HOURS UP THE A1 FOR A HALF

An unfinished half and that view of the Northumberland National Park, to be fair.

4hr 12 says Bing Maps, which can only mean Mr Bing doesn’t stop for diesel at the Ram Jam services or drive a steady 62mph in their new campervan.

You break the journey into segments. An hour to Grantham (ooh, new interchange being built), an hour to Doncaster (a boom town, trade 20% up on 2019), an hour to Scotch Corner and that tricky decision about veering left on the A66 to Cumbria.

And then it’s the Angel of the North, the slowdown over the Tyne and the climb up the A696 past posh Ponteland into Northumberland and the Redesdale, notionally in Rochester but essentially freestanding on the A68.

You’re almost in Kielder here, an area rarely graced with new GBG entries before last year’s corker at Elsdon.

On Wednesday, it would have taken two hours to join the gentlefolk in Southwold or Cromer, in my neighbouring counties.

East Anglian folk would not believe you if you told them they could be on the edge of Kielder Water in just over four.

Was it worth it ?

Of COURSE it’s worth it.

I got to say hello to a local farmer, a couple out from Morpeth on a mini-break, and some more lovely bar staff who admired my show of willing in donning face covering the day before the rules came in.

Learning I was only hear for “A quick half” I was invited to pop in the Public Bar,

Oooh” I thought, “It’ll be full of Old Boys debating the price of lamb in Billingham (that almost rhymes)“.

But it was empty, and rather plain, only enlivened when a young couple arrived at 6.30 for their booked table safely away for me.

I’ll be honest, that’s as much as I drunk. It wasn’t BAD (NBSS 2), but I had another journey into the hills before dusk. Perhaps pubs should just serve me empty glasses and a smile and be done with it.

I stood to admire the sunset.

Aye, it’s worth travelling for, that view” said the bloke with the best Geordie accent since Electric Pics.

It really was.

10 thoughts on “5 HOURS UP THE A1 FOR A HALF

  1. Must say my first thought on seeing the title of the piece was (in tones of mild disbelief) “Was it worth it?”, but clearly in your judgement, it was, so who can argue?

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  2. “You break the journey into segments.”

    Big fan of that myself. Do it for shortish drives of about 90 minutes, all the way to the big 14 hour drives (not including the ferry) to see our lads in Edmonton.

    “Of COURSE it’s worth it.”

    You wouldn’t be doing ANY of this if it wasn’t. πŸ˜‰

    “who admired my show of willing in donning face covering the day before the rules came in.”

    And then you robbed them? πŸ™‚

    “Learning I was only hear for β€œA quick half” I was invited to pop in the Public Bar,”

    Here, here! πŸ™‚

    “Perhaps pubs should just serve me empty glasses and a smile and be done with it.”

    We’re on to you. Si just implied his latest post that you get them for free. πŸ™‚

    “Perhaps pubs should just serve me empty glasses and a smile and be done with it.”

    I’ll have to dig up some of my photos when I was working deep in the Rockies.

    Cheers

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    1. No-one believes I drive 5 hours for a night out and come back the next day, but Canadians think nothing of it and English will happily drive 14 hours to the South of France but never go north of London.

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      1. Some very valid points there; well done!

        And with that I’m AFK till tomorrow as we (finally!) have a catering gig for a wedding of 50 (can still do that over here πŸ™‚ ). This is the ‘voluntold’ thing I mentioned earlier in the week. Off to schlep food, plates, cutlery and whatnot to a reception hall just under an hour away. Have to serve, wait till the bleeders finish eating, then cart all the dirty plates and whatnot home (sigh).

        Gonna be a long rest of they day.

        Cheers!

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      2. “Post a pic (no idea how, but you do)”

        Sadly, no photos to post. Was too busy lugging all of the plates and whatnot for 50 people up the stairs, as well as all of the food; then serving it; then collecting all of the dirty plates and whatnot, plus the leftover food, and lugging it back down the stairs to make it all fit in the car for the drive home (to stick it in the fridge or wash it!).

        Cheers

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