Truthful Tuesday 13th December my response

Earlier I asked

How do you prefer to travel  (plane, car, boat, bike, train, other)

When I first passed my driving test, I was glad of the freedom to go where I wanted without having to rely on public transport or walking. Bus or coach rides were OK but the seats were uncomfortable after time and you were on a schedule of someone else’s making.
Over the years though, driving is not so enjoyable for a variety of reasons. There is more traffic on the roads, idiot drivers, and journeys these days are awash with road works.

We loved it on the boat, everything was slow and leisurely puttering up river at the rate of 4 mph. I’ve never been on a cruise, though have had my fair share of overnight ferry crossings. My first trip out of the country was n our honeymoon in 1991 and the ‘honeymoon suite’ was an inside cabin with bunk beds. It was an hysterical night.

Trains I don’t mind now that they don’t have those horrible windows you have to open so that you can access the door handles from the outside. The last train I was on was The Overlander in NZ, a twelve hour journey from Auckland to Wellington.

I’ve been a passenger on a moped (not confident) and in later years a motor bike though speed was never my thing. I was dressed up in leathers, gloves, helmet, and coat and how they got me on the machine was a miracle.

I’ve had a ride in a helicopter and aboard a hovercraft, the former the last thing I shared with my Dad and latter a total disappointment.

If I had the choice though, I’d fly. I’ve loved all of my trips abroad and the various flights involved.  Heathrow to NZ via Hong Kong was 23 hours going and 24 and a half coming back. It was a wonderful experience as I pushed the boat out and went first class. I even have a picture of me sitting in the Captain’s seat wearing his cap after we’d landed!


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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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9 Responses to Truthful Tuesday 13th December my response

  1. Lauren says:

    That’s quite a few modes of transportation. Good for you.

  2. Flying would be much nicer in first class. I did a helicopter joy ride once. It was great.

    • Hubby booked my helicopter ride for my 40th birthday but they couldn’t do it that weekend, so I had it the weekend before. I got the picture developed quickly so that I could share them with Dad when I visited him. It was the last thing we shared which made it doubly precious.
      Going to NZ was a trip of a lifetime and I was entitled to a pensioner discount through the bank I’d worked for. It equated to the equivalent of economy plus, so it was a no brainer. I was treated like a queen. Wonderful

  3. murisopsis says:

    I want to go up in a balloon someday. Though the opportunity has become zero. They used to have a ballooning club that would raise money by selling rides but they dissolved and I haven’t seen or heard of any balloon riding events for at least 5 years. 😦

    • My friends were ‘the retrieve’ for a balloonist who used to be very popular until he took someone up in a wheelchair, hit a cable on the way down and crashed. He was insured, but it hit the business badly, so he folded.
      Shortly before I left my home town of Poole, The Bournemouth Eye was a main attraction and for £10 (or it was then) you could go up in a balloon which was permanently cabled to the ground and view the town and surrounding area.

  4. glyn40wilton says:

    I’ve never actually been on a long-haul flight and I’ve only been as far as London, Edinburgh and Dublin by plane.

    • My first plane trip was in 1993 when we went to Amsterdam for a second time. It was wonderful and I was hooked. My long haul to NZ was 23 hours going and 24 and half coming back or thereabouts as I went both ways via Hong Kong.

  5. Nope, Not Pam says:

    Not so keen on flying but interstate is ok

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