Well after having owned Jaz for just over two months the time had come to give her a little test and take her on a fairish journey 'up north' to Cumbria for 4 days to celebrate my birthday. We left on Friday 11th January and as it wasn't raining, we had the top down all the way... Even if we did get a lot of smiles and odd looks on the M5 and M6 motorways (it was very chilly and a little overcast). Anyway we just about managed to squeeze a weekend's worth of luggage and camera equipment in the boot with the cover down.
However we wrapped up warm and enjoyed listening to various tunes from the Parrot MKi9200, with the heater on full blast (although at 70mph it doesn't seem to do a lot), with the wind in our hats for the next 3.5-4hrs. We even passed Mercedes-Benz Warrington on the way up which is where Jaz came from
Stayed at a little place near Ambleside called Slack Cottage. It's really off the beaten track and secluded. This was our fourth stay here as the house is lovely, the full cooked breakfast amazing (you didn't need any lunch!!) and the hosts are wonderful. I can thoroughly recommend a stay here, especially if you're interested in walks and antiques!!
This was the view from our room
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Saturday was much sunnier and of course warranted having the top down. We decided to have a drive out to Hardknott Pass, a very narrow, steep and twisty mountain road where a few years previous we had got stuck on some sheet ice in my old car, but that's another story.
Thankfully the weather was much milder and we could enjoy the reverberations of Jaz's exhaust through the rocks while in sports mode and there really is no other better sound in the world. Who needs exhaust upgrades???
yes it's so good it even warrants a weird banana man. But you all know that anyway...
More info on Hardknott here:
We took the opportunity to stop and take a few shots. These pics are dual purpose as I can also now show you all my CLK wheels properly
Jaz with my fiance, 'He Who Must Be Obeyed'!
...Yeah I got a bit carried away...
So Sunday arrived, and so did the snow... and wasn't I glad we invested in the winter wheel and tyre package from Mercedes... although we only had about 3 inches in the end, it was a good opportunity to test out the car in these conditions as some of the hills are fairly steep in the area, not to mention the hill of a driveway! During a drive to the Zeffirellis cinema at Ambleside in the evening (If you'd like to know, we watched The Impossible... excellent film, go and see it!), we only had the TCS flash up a couple of times and she was generally very well behaved. Again got a few odd looks (look at those nutters, etc!). She's fitted with Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D MO tyres:
Some more pics:
Oh yes this is what I like to see!
Just so you know, Zeffirellis is a great venue. It has a Jazz Cafe Bar, Cinema and restaurant all under one roof (plus more cinema screens in another building not far away). On this occasion we saw the live band 'Unfurl'. (unfurl.me.uk). Zeffirellis specialise in Italian vegetarian food which I must say is very nice. I recommend the 'Big One' pizza.
As with all holidays and breaks away they tend to come to an end far too soon... we managed nearly 40mpg on the way home which I was very impressed with and we probably used about a tank and a half of fuel.
I hope you enjoyed my little report... I hope I haven't rambled on too much but I do tend to get carried away!