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Old 20 July 2006, 14:44   #11
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Have added you to car insurance, thanks again for all the help.

Tow rig now ready!

Jon (adlard) yes you would have been very welcome.
Jon (brooks) Ramsgate is a stop. Levington to Ramsgate, Ramsgate to Eastbourne. pm me a mobile number. Instruction on the icom gear onboard would also be usefull!
The whitings - Conwy to Silloth is the last planned leg. Very usefull to know there is welcome should we divert via IOM.

Will post schedule Saturday - and last minute notes

Paul

Shouldn't you have an old Flatacraft to go with the car???

Good luck anyway - no doubt you will have a great time!!!
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Old 20 July 2006, 15:29   #12
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All the best boys!
Have a great time and I hope that all goes well. I'd offer you a welcome, but you will have taken a wrong turn if you end up in Manchester!

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Old 20 July 2006, 18:43   #13
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Probably not the best use of a Dolomite Sprint lol!!
Would be fun though.
See you Saturday night.
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Ready for the off

Well This is it

Last briefing with Bryn & Pete (Phoenixpete)

5am start tomorrow

Thanks for all your interest and best wishes. Cracker, good to speak on the phone during the week

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Old 22 July 2006, 17:05   #15
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Whose TVR is that??? Stunning!!! The Land Rover ain't bad either........
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Central Control Reporting

Hi all,

This is land locked Central Control for Paul & Bryn's adventure around England & Wales (and she who granted pass out!)

As you can see they are all packed and alarms set for 5.30am (don't wake me). So the schedule for tomorrow:

Drive to Berwick-on-Tweed, Launch and the aim is to head for Blythe or Sunderland for first nights stop. A shorter stint for the first day to break everyone in gently!!!

Well I will do my best to keep you all up to date.

Speak again tomorrow evening.

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Round England & Wales - Day 1

Here's the first report of many (we hope).

Paul, Bryn, Phoenixpete and Marikh left on time this morning - and yes I was awake (just) to wave them off. The trip up went well - not much traffic at that time of the morning.

They arrived at Berwick-on-Tweed at approx 12.30pm, and from all accounts the boat launched well and Paul & Bryn waved their farewells to Pete and sped into the distance.

Weather was good, with South Westerly force 2-3, a little chop with quite a few complete calm sections.

Sightseeing for today was Lindesfarne and Longstone lighthouse, but the excitement of the day for Bryn was to see Seals basking in the water.

All arrived safely at Sunderland, having done approx 65 nmiles by 3.30pmish.
They found a small hotel for the night and spent early evening on the beach with Bryn enjoying a swin in the sea.

I wish to say a huge thank you to Pete - (our road support/recovery team), who will no doubt make his own report tomorrow, but his trip wasn't as trouble free as Pauls. Locked on brakes, smoke and huge traffic jam on the M1, meant he didn't get back to 'control' until 9.15pmish. So thanks a billion!

Tommorrows schedule is Sunderland to Grimsby or Hull - the latter preferably as this is a fuel stop, but I believe it is 'locked' so is rather dependant on tide.

Well thats all from Central Control. More tomorrow.
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Hi Guy's

Codprawn. That is my TVR Sagaris,Left it at Paul & Kathryn's while I did the trip up to berwick.
As Kathryn said the trip up was fine but on the way back the brakes on the trailer somehow locked on, first thing I noticed was smoke pouring from the axles,pulled over on the hard shoulder,brake cables were all very tight and the heat must have melted some of the grease in the hubs as it was everywhere,all over the inside of the wheels and tyres.
Got the brakes freed off by tuging on the cables and driving backwards then forwards which did the trick,but for a more permenant fix I drove to the next services and loosened the adjusters on the drums.
Sat in traffic for 2 hours around Sheffield at Bluewater I think with the 2 big chimneys on the left and shopping centre on the right. Got past that then got held up for another 1 1/2 hours as the M1 was closed from 15-14 due to a bad accident.
Apart from that it was great "lol." The Discovery was faultless with the V6 diesel, towing was effortless and very smooth.
Back at home now untill Paul & Bryn need picking up in 2 weeks time.
Took some pics.

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Sat in traffic for 2 hours around Sheffield at Bluewater I think with the 2 big chimneys on the left and shopping centre on the right...
That'll be Meadowhall!

Drive safely, and good luck to Paul and Bryn. Hope this weather holds for you.
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Round England & Wales - Day 2

After a full English breakfast and once they got the engine fired up (see starting problem in Engine thread - any advice appreciated), Paul & Bryn got under way at 7.30am.

Conditions were smooth & Calm - so calm infact, Bryn fell asleep in the bow, mid morning!

Headed past Middlesborough Oil Terminal and the vast Supertankers, coastline changed from cliffs and 50m sea depth to low land/sand and 20m depth.

Carried on round Flamborough head and onto Grimsby. On arriving at Grimsby, they were unable to find the fuelling rig - no-one was particularly helpful in trying to locate it either. So the decision was made to go up the Humber (15nmiles) to Hull. Arrived at approx 2.30pm but had to wait for the tide to get into the locked marina.

So todays facts: Distance travelled 129nmiles. Average fuel consumption 1.15litres per nmile.
Highlight of the day for Bryn, seeing a porpoise and a load of Puffins.

Schedule for Tue 25th July; Great Yarmouth or Lowestoft or possibly Levington if they have an exceptional day.

Thats all folks - Central Control - OUT
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