Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Stow-On-The-Wold to Shrewsbury

Wednesday August 31, 2011

Top Ten Hard Lessons learned while driving a right handed car in England:

1.     Your seatbelt isn’t over your left shoulder.  Your gear shift isn’t on your right. Quit reaching for them.

2.     Street lights flash yellow just before they turn green. Start moving!

3.     Quit going to get in the left hand door. There is no steering wheel there.

4.     Don’t yield the right of way and keep left except left to pass!

5.     When you come up to one of a thousand roundabouts, don’t turn right or you die.

6.     When pulling out on to a road or highway do no, DO NOT go in the right lane or you die.

7.     When cars come round you in “your lane”, just close your eyes and you will be okay. DO NOT swerve to the right of them.

8.     Do not turn your headlights on. It offends other drivers during the day.

9.     Drive about twice as fast as you feel comfortable driving or others will pass you on corners and while big trucks are coming at you.

10.  When coming onto a main road, look both ways, but in the reverse order of what you are used to.

Remember all of this at all times!

Morning found us enjoying another full English Breakfast at our hostel in Stow-On-The-Wold before packing up and driving east.  Our journey took us east through the small Cotswold villages of Bourton-On-The-Water, Nanton, Barton, Kineton, Temple Guilting, Ford, and Stanway.  The highlight of our drive was a stop at a church and castle called Stokesay somewhere along the way.  We actually slipped in, Tyler with sword in hand, by hopping a fence at the church and walked around the moat, accidentally forgetting to pay the admission fee.  From there we gained access to the draw bridge and penetrated the castle room by room appreciating the authentic fortification room by room. What a treat!

We stopped to tour several other churches and castles along the way and had coffee at Tewksbury before driving on through Worcester, Leominster, Craven Arms and by 4:00 pm we were walking the medieval streets of Shrewsbury where we secured a room for the night in a B&B above the historic cobble stoned streets.

This was our first chance for a good father and son pub crawl so we had dinner at The Bull and then started drinking whiskey, Jagerbombs and Guinness in several pubs including one where King Henry IV stayed before the famous battle of Shrewsbury in 1403.

Charles Darwin

Our Room (With the window open)