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Driving on the left ..... again
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Peter_L



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:04 am    Post subject: Driving on the left ..... again Reply with quote



After living in Canada for the last 16 of my 72 years, my wife and I planned back in 2017 to do a modern reprise of the 1967 "Around Britain" experience.

Fate, unfortunately stepped in at the last minute which means that I am over here in the UK doing it without her.

It was never intended to try and repeat the original journey which followed the coast as close as possible.

I am now about half way through my 4+ week stay. One question I get asked over and over again is, "you must find it different from when you were last here"

Oh yes it is different. The traffic density is many times greater. Travel times from location to location are longer and at times one can't see the road for the signs. Familiar junctions and roundabouts are often deep in a forest of mature trees that I remember as saplings. Overall, I am enjoying the visit, it is still my "home country". I am coping with the fact that life can sometimes be brutally unfair and as for driving on the left, it's like a duck getting back in the water.

"Big Yellow Taxi" sums it up very well.

Regards from Peter L,

currently looking at a 20mph motorway sign and thinking, " I would settle for even 20mph"
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2018 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I recall when we visited New Zealand a few years back the roads were so pleasant to drive. It was when we got back in the car at Heathrow that it really dawns on you how congested this country really has got!
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2018 1:01 pm    Post subject: Re: Driving on the left ..... again Reply with quote

Hi
peterwpg wrote:

currently looking at a 20mph motorway sign and thinking, " I would settle for even 20mph"


You really shouldn't post evidence of, possibly, using a communication device while not parked with the engine turned off.
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peter scott



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2018 2:36 pm    Post subject: Re: Driving on the left ..... again Reply with quote

Penman wrote:
using a communication device while not parked with the engine turned off.


How do you know that he isn't parked in a queue with the engine switched off?

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MikeEdwards



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2018 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Or on a bridge over the motorway, taking in the view?

I feel the same when I see those speed signs on the motorway, though.
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BigJohn



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2018 6:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Peter_L



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was referring to these signs



They said 20 for the entire 30+ minutes that no one moved.
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Rick
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2018 10:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah yes, Smart motorways.

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Peter_L



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Saturday 6th July. "Peter gone to Whitby with his Mini" According to a small motoring diary my Mum kept back then. I know I bought it the week earlier from Service Garage (Polar Ford), Dodworth Road, Barnsley.

Back then Sandsend was just a bare area of raised land. This was my first ever solo long distance drive. I believe it was 1963, I passed my test in April of that year. It served us well and hung about in the family until 1969.


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Brent29



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 1:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting then and now pics Peter.
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Peter_L



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2018 5:23 pm    Post subject: Re: Driving on the left ..... again Reply with quote

[quote="peterwpg"]

Combined 600 miles in round trips but we manged to meet up. First time in close to 40 years.

Dave's Lotus, a perfect incentive to keep slim Smile

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