We arrived at the iconic Transporter Bridge in Midddlesbrough just before 10am for the start of our journey to find a good number of friends & family there to see us off. We had a great time with bridge staff taking pictures for their website and BBC Tees Radio for a live interview. It was a bit hectic and it was a bit of a relief to get on the road.
Here's a short video of our departure shamelessly nicked from BBC Tees.
It was a hot morning and we got as far as Redcar before stopping for a cuppa. Once refreshed we set off again and apart from a lunch break, a couple of comfort stops and a few unplanned diversions it was plain sailing down to Elm Tree Farm B&B for our fist night stop where our hostess welcomed us with a much needed cuppa.
Shortly after our arrival Nick Thompson with his super ex Dick Jacobs competition TA. Seeing them side by side shows just how different Nick's car is from a standard bodied TA.
After some good chat we set off to find an evening meal. The pub across the road from the B&B had closed a few days before we arrived so we found another pub about five miles away. While we were eating our meal we were approached by Keith Barker and his wife Clare. They had seen Numbum in the car park and were keen to know about our journey. Keith is going to spread the word among his many followers on social media which will increase the exposure for Harrison's Fund. What a great guy. He even paid for our meal. Thanks Keith, you're a star.
Food eaten and socialising over , it was back to the B&B to download some video from the in car camera. This took so long that the stills were left on the other cameras as sleep was calling very loudly.
A fun but tiring day with 130 trouble free miles out of the journey.
These two pictures show just how different Nick's car is from ours.
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.