Monday 29 July 2013
This was the final day for all the Kent County Cachers, some were heading on to UK Mega 2013 just up the road at The Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon and the rest were heading south back to Kent. We had a slow casual pack up and in between breaking camp the lads and geokids enjoyed a soaking water fight.
We were making great progress and managed to get everything loaded just as the thunder & rain began. Heading off site towards Stratford upon Avon for coffee refils at half 1pm. Hopefully we will be back in Kent by 5pm and in time for dinner…
Doesn’t look like we will be going anywhere just yet. That tyre is not going to make the 180 mile trip south. A quick internet search for the nearest Kwik-fit and we’re all good. Trouble was we would be hanging around for over an hour waiting for it to be fixed. This didn’t seem to phase any of the crew, the geokids spotted a toy & model shop next door, Much ado about Toys so took a gander as to what they could spend the last of their money on.
While I was in the toy shop with the children Nick the trucker went off to grab a few geocaches, Freeview situated outside Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust, Gregory’s Grab and Infomaniac (these caches were placed for WWFM VI – Stratforde – Ye Inhabitede Islande) and Smif247 took a wander around the market place (I have a distinct feeling he may of been playing that other gps location game[Ingress]).
Well an hour passed and the car was still outside the garage, by this point I had already written most of Piratemania 6 – Celebrity Visitors and was in need of more caffiene or I definitely wouldn’t make the drive home (the busy weekend was taking its toll on my health) so NTT and Geowolf97 went in search of a coffee shop. They found more than coffee, Geowolf had managed to get an ice cream out of NTT and they took a stroll along the river and found another narrow boat.
By the time they were back the car was ready and we could make our journey home. We finally left Stratford upon Avon at 4pm, we won’t be home by 5pm then. 30 minutes down the M40 and CadencetheGeokid announces she needs a comfort break!!! This meant another stop at the Junction 10 services, not content with making themselves comfortable, the rest of the crew decided they needed more food. We finally got away and continued our journey south. Once on the M25 we caught all the usual rush hour traffic which added another hour and a half to our journey.
As we were closing in on the Cobham services I was beginning to “crash” quite badly so another stop was needed for me to rest, down more caffiene and take my much needed pain killers so I complete the last hours journey.
With only 28 miles left to go my fuel light comes on. I had only 20 miles left in the tank, and travelling at motorway speeds I knew this wasn’t going to get us home. A little careful coasting towards a nearby fuel station, I filled up the tank (slowly & stiffly, as by now I could hardly move) and we slugged along to our final destination.
Home at last, with cars unloaded by 20:30, that has got to be my longest journey yet. And I am already looking forward to the next camping UK Mega event, just three days from now.