Having spent an enjoyable weekend with friends in Bedford devouring a huge take-away curry on Saturday night while catching up on the news I was ready to set off again. Leaving Bedford in bright sunny weather my first stop was to Kenilworth to buy a new mixer tap and cabinet for the bathroom. That first night I stayed at a super pub/restaurant that allows campers to stay overnight for free near Henley.
I got the bathroom sorted then it was onto the West Midlands to meet Phil who had bought my old Sprinter as crash repairable and was in the process of rebuilding it. He was doing a fine job but had had quite a few problems with the engine, gearbox and prop shaft so I was glad I didn’t end up buying it from the insurance company. From Phil’s place I headed to Thirsk where I had arranged to go to Autogas 2000 to see if I could get a chassis mounted gas tank fitted. It would have been difficult as I have both waste and fresh water tanks mounted to the chassis. In the end I decided to go for refillable tanks and made an appointment to have them fitted a few days later. So with time to kill and not wanting to go all the way up to Scotland just for a few days I headed over to North Yorkshire and the moors where I spent a good few days wandering about walking and enjoying the tranquility of the area.
With the gas tanks fitted I headed north to Scotland crossing the border just south of Jedburgh. Over the next three weeks I drove up to John O’Grouts then across the top of Scotland following the coast to the west. Traveling around the west of Scotland along the Lochs and through the most dramatic and beautiful scenery was amazing. It has been so long since my last visit to Scotland’s west I’d forgotten just how stunning it was. I was blessed with, for the most part, wonderful weather and took hundreds of photo’s, none of which really do the scenery justice.
From Scotland it was back south as I wanted to get a few bits and pieces for TC and an MOT done before taking a slow drive through France then back to Italy for the end of September. All in all August is a month I will back on with happiness, especially after the all the problems of the first seven months of the year.
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It seems I've been travelling for most of my life.
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