Tuesday, 29 September 2009
This hasn't been a particularly long trip as trips go but I've still managed to clock up close to a thousand miles so far since I left home one week and three hours ago. I'm lucky that I enjoy driving and I have a car, The Nighthawk, that eats up long-distance cruising miles with glee. In fact it is one of the most comfortble cruising cars I've owned. Actually last Tuesday after our trip across The Minch in a fairly stiff gale Marcel du Marche drove most of the way to Fife where he lives and where I stayed the first night of my present travels.
The one thing I do not enjoy about driving now though is the traffic in the UK and in cities generally. These photos were not even from the city although the traffic was exacerbated by an accident.
But my saviour these days is my trusty satnav. If I were to be asked what the biggest aid to travel by car is these days I am fairly sure that my answer would be satelite navigation. In the days before satnav it was a case of writing a lengthy set of notes and pinning them to the dashboard and trying to read them as one was driving. If there is a passenger to map-read that's fine but I've spent many years travelling on my own. Most of that has been spent travelling to and from Merseyside to Lewis so I've not needed a map nor help. But now as I travel to friends in continental Europe and places in the UK I do not know then my lack of ability to retain images in my mind is a problem for navigation. But with satnav I can go anywhere without worrying. Yes. I love my satnav.