The bridges. We'll be crossing some lovely bridges, Humber Bridge, Dartford Crossing, Severn Bridge, Menai Straights Bridge (possibly), Skye Bridge (possibly) and the Forth Road Bridge. There may be others but I can't think of them offhand.
My geography isn't too clever but I'm sure there will be some good roads. I seem to remember one near Llandudno and we've just been told about Applecross Pass in Scotland. This is a must do by the looks of it and it's on our route.
Does anybody know of any other good coastal roads to look forward to? Please let me know if you do.
We spent a couple of hours this morning trying to work out how to get all the stuff we need for 30 days on the road into the very limited space in the TA.
I've removed the hood to create a bit more space but it is only a bit. We planned to use a small holdall for the clothes but it was way too small. We crammed everything into a slightly larger holdall and it looks like there's enough space left in the car for the other things we need to have to hand. The camping gear will have to go on the luggage rack.
It looks like one more possible problem is crossed off the list, unless of course we've forgotten something in which case all bets are off.
David Simister kindly put this in this weeks Classic Car Weekly, on page two no less. Great exposure for the cause.
I finally got the board for the back of the car. Hopefully it will attract attention wherever we go.
The old girl is running well but still needs a good few more miles on the new crank. Lists are being made of what we need to take with us and the next job is trying to fit it all in the car. Could be a tough job. Fund raising is going well considering it's early days yet. I'm getting the word out on all the forums I frequent and should have a short write up in Classic Car Weekly which will help raise awareness of the cause. I'm having a board made up for the back of the car which will be on throughout the journey which will have a link to the Just Giving page. Please share the link so we can raise some serious cash. Harrison's Fund are arranging some PR for us, but as yet I don't know exactly what it will be.
Please spread the word!!
Towards the end of last year's driving season, old Numbum suffered a broken crankshaft. Over the winter it was treated to a new steel billet crank (ouch!), a lightened flywheel and the whole assembly balanced. A close inspection of the rest of the car revealed a dodgy rear wheel bearing which was replaced and all four corners got new brake linings.
The charging system has been iffy for years but we could cope with day trips and the odd extended weekend but this trip meant that it had to be sorted. I elected to fit a dynamo lookalike alternator which should have been simple, but wasn't because I didn't follow the instructions. Doh. That is now sorted and the charging system now works well.
A couple of short shakedown trips went well with the only issue being that the throttle needs some adjustment.
Now it's time to get some gentle miles on the new crank. I wish the weather would cooperate.
Take an old couple and an even older car, add in over 4000 miles of driving and this is the result. This is the story of Numbum's drive round the UK coastline, driven by Owen and ably navigated by Pam. We hope you enjoy the journey. We will.