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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 :D

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 :D



For more info drop on by here:

http://www.slackcottage-ambleside.co.uk

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??? :rb yes it's so good it even warrants a weird banana man. But you all know that anyway...

More info on Hardknott here:

http://www.visitcumbria.com/wc/hardknott-pass.htm

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.

Zeffirellis: www.zeffirellis.com

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!

Donna

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Excellent write up & pics. It's funny how in an SLK you get strange looks for having your roof down in winter, yet on a motorbike you're even more exposed but no one bats an eyelid!!
 

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Excellent write up & pics. It's funny how in an SLK you get strange looks for having your roof down in winter, yet on a motorbike you're even more exposed but no one bats an eyelid!!
Very true I haven't thought about that.

O/T a bit, but I do love the attention that Jaz gets... While she was parked up we pretended to be passers-by admiring the vinyl wrap on the roof (to be fair at the time we were actually passing by, lmao! ("Oh look at that roof isn't that nice")) and I was astonished at just how many people paused to have a closer look on their way by. I'm so proud. Sometimes I still can't believe she's mine. I like looking at her from the side... by far the best side :)

Thank you both for your nice comments, they really mean a lot to me.
 

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What a lovely sight, seeing a few SLKs together :D

So I see it's a meet, is it a national thing or is it regional like the WSCC's annual Meet the Neighbours gatherings?
 

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Seeing the UK is so small, it tends to be a national thing. Most of the meets are fairly informal, but take place in places where there are no speed cameras, twisty roads and very little traffic. Keep your eye on the UK section for details of any up coming 'gentle bimbles' ( :biglaugh: ) round the countryside.
 

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What a lovely sight, seeing a few SLKs together :D

So I see it's a meet, is it a national thing or is it regional like the WSCC's annual Meet the Neighbours gatherings?
It's kind of national and regional and international all at the same time. Right across England, plus Ireland and New Zealand were represented on the last one.

These meets tend to come together at random. One of the guys suggests a time and place and everything else kind of falls into place. If enough forum folks can turn out then the meet happens, if not it may not. Some folks have met up more often than others and there is no pressure on anyone.

There's a Euro trip one shaping up at the moment.
 

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Seeing the UK is so small, it tends to be a national thing. Most of the meets are fairly informal, but take place in places where there are no speed cameras, twisty roads and very little traffic. Keep your eye on the UK section for details of any up coming 'gentle bimbles' ( :biglaugh: ) round the countryside.

gental bimbles for when the only extra you need , no sorry must have is a six speed manual gear box :biglaugh: :burnout::burnout::burnout::burnout:
 

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Thanks for the info guys! The Euro trip sounds very interesting. If it includes a stop-off in Berlin (maybe coinciding with a Jazzanova gig) I would be extremely interested ;)
 

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Off the top of my head, here are some other places to eat in the area. Can't remember if we've been anywhere else!

Stampers Restaurant, Ambleside (http://www.stampersrestaurant.co.uk)
This has apparently changed hands since we last went 2 years ago but the menu looks very similar. We haven't been there since. However when we did go (we must have been there about 3 times, it's a must-go every trip for us but the fact it had changed hands put us off so we didn't go this year) it had a fine selection of very nice food at reasonable prices. We only ever had the fillet steak however this appears to have been replaced with sirloin/ribeye which is disappointing. Nice, romantic atmosphere perfect for couples. There are also a nice selection of wines to choose from.

Vinegar Jones, Bowness (http://www.vinegarjones.co.uk) (Currently being renovated after a fire)
Fancy fish and chips? This is the place to go. Go and eat them next to the lake! Very nice setting on a clear evening.

The Little Chippy, Windermere
We had to go here because of Vinegar Jones being refurbished... if you like a different take on traditional food from a fish and chip shop, you could try here. They also sell things like 'proper' curry and lasagne, even battered haggis. The pie and chips I had wasn't to my taste at all if I'm honest (the chips were just like overcooked, fried oven chips and the pie was almost as if it was out of a packet from the local convenience store. But the service was nice and quite cheap. Lots of old photos of the area on the wall and the decor has a very old fashioned feel, in a good way.

Already mentioned Zeffirellis ;)
 

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Very nice!! Wife and I did the Lake District in combination with the first SheepChase! There was less snow as I recall! :)
 

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That top down in the cold is a nice experience. When I had my SLK230 I remember driving near Mt Hotham in Australia one morning at -4c.
Once the heater was underway and the sun came out it was a pleasant experience.
Was wearing a 'beanie' though ;)
 
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