We spent over an hour planning our route down to MOH.
It was going to be a killer.
It wouldn’t matter which way we went, we’d hit a bottleneck or rush hour traffic somewhere, so tried to work out the best day and best time to go.
We knew we would have to stop every hour or so to stretch eight legs and give Maggie potty breaks.
Even if we didn’t, we were looking at travelling time of over 6 hours, so you could add another two on top of that, and pray we wouldn’t hit the
It took MOH over 10 hours to get home when he left us after his mini break last month.
Admittedly he did a small detour to get some parts for a motor bike he’s restoring, but he got caught in roadworks on two major motorways, plus the UK’s biggest car park, the M25.
We are obviously going to try and avoid all that.
When we lived in Lincolnshire before, we managed a few visits Down South to see my Mum, but it was a journey each way of as much as 7 hours, and we were all younger, fitter and more resilient then. Being further North now, we’re at least another hour on top of that and there is no way we could do it in a day now due to extended health issues, hence the plan to visit from MOH when we stay with him for a few days.
However, getting to him in the first place is going to take a lot out of us.
We put in various scenarios and leaving times, and apart from leaving in the middle of the night on a weekday, it appeared that starting off at 9am on Sunday would get us to MOH around 4pm. Our return journey would depend on when I go to see Mum, the weather, and how tired we all are. However, if we go to see Mum first, that’s an even longer journey but only once, and a couple of days to recover with MOH before the return journey home.
Again we will leave around 9am and should be home by 4pm (takeaway will be collected from the local chippy on arrival).
All well and good in theory until you throw in a couple of tilts.
I had my diabetes eye screening booked and MOH’s brother was visiting for 4 or 5 days.
As we get nearer to Christmas, traffic and major towns are going to be heaving.
MOH has also had a bout of the ‘flu, so we don’t want to share or pass it on to anyone else, especially my Mum, so he had to sound pretty fit and bug free before we went anywhere.
Plus we have another belt of bad weather forecast and there’s no way we want to be travelling in that.
It’s not just where we are that matters, but where we’re going and how we get there.