One of the last warm days of the year--about 24o C
That’s quite the adventure! I’m glad you found your way out of that.Needed to get niece back to Plymouth today so set off for an uneventful trip via M4, M5 and A38. Clear blue sky, chilly out but snug with heater and airscarf on.
On return stopped off to visit a friend in Brixham [anyone ever tried to park in Brixham?]. Heaven knows what was going on in Totnes but took nearly 40 minutes to get from one side to the other - about a mile.
Set off to return home about 7.00pm and all was great, even more snug with fur trapper hat on though did get a few curious looks as I passed other cars. All fine until I got fed up with the Motorway and decided to turn off up the A46 to go along the A433 (past King Charles’ old gaff) and home via Cirencester.
Got almost to Petty France when I encountered a sign saying A46 closed, follow diversion, and a substantial barrier blocking the road - except there were apparently no diversion signs. Fortunately a few cars appeared coming out of a side road so I guessed that might be a possible option. Set off down what rapidly became a single track, muddy and very dark lane. Came to a fork in the road and still no diversion signs. Used dead reckoning and took right fork which got even narrower. Spotted a field gateway which had enough room to pull off the lane which was a relief as I needed to peruse my map book and have a comfort break.
Now, if anyone knows the south Cotswolds and especially the Hawkesbury Upton area, you will know that it is very rural with no lights and very narrow lanes. Anyway, just as I was taking a ………………sigh of blessed relief, what appeared to be a local Landrover passed and set off purposefully along the lane that I thought may get me back on track for the A433 before morning light.
Sure enough the driver clearly knew the road and where to pull in when sporadic headlights approached from the opposite direction. After about fifteen minutes passing along an increasingly potholed and muddy lane we came to a small crossroads that led to a village called Didmarton (what did he do ?) which I know I needed to pass through to get to Tetbury and subsequently Ciren and home.
All in all an interesting ‘top down’ day but boy, am I glad the recent hosepipe ban ended midweek.
The SLK is going to need a proper good wash down tomorrow.
Brixham early evening yesterday. Inner harbour and Fish market in the centre.
Brixham has the highest annual value of fish landed across all ports in the UK apparently.
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