After our safe touch down at Heathrow ten days ago everything has been all systems go!
We hired a beaut small Renault Clio for a week & headed straight to see “Bruce” at his English winter storage yard! He was thrilled to see us & very excited to be released from his confinement. We were wrapped when he revved up 1st turn of the key and also quite relieved his batteries survived the long cold winter. He was still lookingvery handsome!
A major priority was to organise his MOT (Ministry Of Transport) test which is required annually in UK for vehicles over 3 years old – (similar to Roadworthy Certificate in Melbourne). He passed this with no problems – in fact the tester was impressed and wants one like it!! It was only £30 (A$60) for the test too!!
We are staying in quaint, old, little Colnbrook with Pummy (Sabrina’s mum) & luckily we can squeeze Bruce into her carpark. We are enjoying her fantastic hospitality & share lots of fun and laughter together. Isn’t it great to have wonderful family!! Thanks so much Pummy Kitchin Wilson.
The Renault allowed us to navigate around the crazy UK London traffic buying paraphernalia required for our trip. Our GPS prevented more grey hairs & is a godsend for sure….. __ .. it also helps that Mark has excellent driving skills (Bev is writing this!).
Lots of gear is required for Bruce before we can “hit the road” ….. Everything from bedding, crockery, camping chairs, table, hoses, gas systems and new LED lights! We discovered a fantastic camping centre called “GO OUTDOORS”. (To get the good discounts we had to nominate an email address – sorry, but I nominated yours!!)
Mark also ordered items from AMAZON & eight parcels just arrived, one being an inverter to power his laptop, printer, etc. Yes, he will be doing work too.
Hope you guys are going to watch the TOUR DE FRANCE this year! You might just watch us zoom up the Alps, past Cadel Evans and Chris Froome, on our state of the art Dutch electric Bikes!! We are so excited & pick them up Saturday. You can choose to get a great workout or you turn it on & pretend to be working hard! Great option. Cant wait to sail past all the lycra clad Frenchmen in the Pyrenees in my polka dot summer dress & high heels!?. The bike batteries are slim, streamlined and hidden in the bike frame!!… Yes, no-one will realize why I am so fast!!. We have about 60km range too. Think how many chateaux & wineries we can visit now!! Cycling is going to be a major part of our travelling adventure & so we thought why not have bikes that are fun to ride!! Safety is still at the forefront of my mind of course & so I bought a hot pink (really hot!!) waterproof cycling jacket. Thought this a necessity particularly as I am going to be zooming past so many cyclists and vehicles!!
Enjoyed an excellent day in Central London yesterday, exploring the interesting shops in the laneways and larger stores like PRIMARK in Oxford Street. Mark was patient while I went crazy grabbing bargains in the latter. WHAT £1 sunglasses (about $2.00) , £5 beach towels, —- buying for summer in Spain & French Riviera.
After my shop-a-thon, we grabbed last minute tickets to the new West End show “ONCE”. It was a fun, feel good, enjoyable musical/comedy & yes we would recommend it___ 8 / 10.
Would you believe that the sun has made a much anticipated appearance…. It is a sunny 10 degrees. I’m off for a walk now!!
Hope you enjoyed my ramblings!. Next week we hope to test Bruce by driving up to explore Chester (North West) if all is ready!!
14 thoughts on “Touchdown in London”
Ah yes Primark. Look out, the stitching was done with evaporating cotton. All sounds wonderful darlings, we have stunning weather up here in Scotland, hope your end of the country stays dry and sunny too. Love the ramblings and look forward to hearing from Go Outdoors! hahaha.
Sounds like its all happening so fast! Make sure you enjoy yourselves!
Sounds great! Glad Bruce was high and dry. Obviously keen to go travelling too 🙂
Hi guys, so pleased to hear Bruce is well and ready to take you on your amazing trip and it sounds like you are all ready too. Just love the idea of your electric bikes. Yes we will certainly be watching the Tour. X
Sounds amazing, such an awesome adventure bet you can’t wait to get on the road officially! Will continue to live vicariously through you so keep the updates coming and travel safe!
Well it was so nice to enjoy evening with Bruce on Sunday and hope to have a few more. Thanks for looking after me and looking forward to May x
It all sounds so exciting. I’m looking forward to seeing some photos of your new bikes and in particular your hot pink jacket Bev. Do you have a matching helmet? Say hi to Pummy (and Bruce) for me.
Sounds like you are off to a great start! Looking forward to hearing more!x
Glad to hear that you have arrived safely and all is well. We will follow your blog with interest. Safe travels. Ewout and Jenny
Sounds great, wish we could see it all packed up ready to go. Hope the weather keeps fine for the first leg, stay safe
Hi Bev thanks for the news. Hope to see photos of u in your bike outfit. !!
Does Mark have Lycra too?
All good here lovely sunny days for Moomba weekend perfect beach earthier at OG.
Neil’s going and working hard at new job. Tiring . Talk soon Alison B xx
Howdy, great to hear from you, all going well at our end!! No, no Lycra – too cold for that. Thermals, gloves and jackets !! Sunny and dry, but cold.
Have a great day,
Mark & Bev
Great to hear you have arrived in London, and that you have met up with Bruce,good to hear preparations are in full swing,you will enjoy setting up ready for your trip of a lifetime. Bikes and all.
We leave Nelson Bay on 19th March to visit Joy and Graeme, will take a couple days to get down there,and will stay about 4-5 days ,then visit Rutherglen etc on our way home.
Look forward to sharing your travels Mark and Bev. Travel safely, Love Bette and Jim.
Great narration Bev. Good that Bruce was raring to go…a great start after his long rest! I have this mental picture of a shocking-pink Lycra clad lady cyclist disrupting the Tour de France with her secret battery-boosted bike! Haha.Keep safe & have fun!,