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Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Pats self on back

This is a selfish post, just for me.  At some point in the future when I’m having a crisis of confidence, this will help me remember things that I CAN do :)

It was time for our lovely caravan to go for her first habitation service.  I drove her 90 miles to Ropers in Catterick and had a brilliant run - two hours door to door which is the best time I have ever made when towing.



Said goodbye to Rosie, and then popped a few miles back up the A1 to stop off at Scotch Corner services, a useful place to park and eat my picnic lunch.  Bloomin’ good job I did - because since our last stop there, less than a month ago, the car park has been changed and it is quite clear that Caravans. Are. No. Longer. Welcome.  I would not have liked to discover these changes with 7 metres of large white box behind me!

Previously caravans shared a large area with coaches, with a safe access in and out.  They have now been banned from the Coach Park (fine £100, do not pass go, do not obstruct your licence plate) and are allocated four tiny little spaces at the end of the general car park.  Today the place was deserted, on a weekend in the summer it is hell on earth driving through this section in a normal car, it will be thoroughly nasty when towing.



The spaces are not wide enough for a caravan, and if there are any cars parked nearby it won’t be possible to make the turn into them.  It will also be difficult-to-impossible to get out as there is not room to pull forward far enough to allow for the swing on the back of a van.



I know why the owners of the services have done this - coach passengers all troop off to the loo, and then in their boredom spend goodness knows how much on sweets, cakes and junk from the shop.  Caravanners are self-contained and don’t need to waste money on over-priced and usually stale produce (I have never yet managed to buy a pastry from the onsite M&S which wasn’t already dry and tasteless).

So after a bit of grumbling to myself which did not spoil a lovely lunch and a good coffee, I drove home.

And that’s where “Pats self on back” comes in ... once upon a time I would cheerfully drive a couple of hundred miles in a day without thinking about it.  In recent years doing such a thing has either been too much to contemplate because I was exhausted or in pain, or if I did do a long drive I really suffered at the end of it.  But today I got home with no pain, a slightly stiff back which is really to be expected having sat down for so long, and no tiredness.

Like I said, apart from the grumble out loud about parking at Scotch Corner, this one’s just for me to remind myself that I can 😊😊😊




14 comments:

  1. It sounds like the owners of Scotch Corner are really making caravanners feel welcome - not! I've only ever been there once, briefly several years ago on my way up to Northumberland - I tend to avoid services unless I need a loo break. As for food I'd rather stop at truck stop - usually better food and cheaper prices. Is Scotch Corner privately owned or part of a chain? Those allocated spaces look ridiculous - I wonder if anyone will complain about them? I see you've put a post on UKCS about it, I hope it's useful to someone.

    Well done for making the journey there and back without pain by the way, that definitely deserves a self-congratulatory pat on the back :)

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    1. Thanks Eunice. I considered stopping (with caravan) for lunch before dropping off at Ropers, so it could have been me caught out by the parking changes. If that had happened there was room to manoeuvre yesterday, but that will not always be the case.

      There's an excellent truck stop a mile down the A66 on the westbound side though :)

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  2. We, unless have absolutely zero choice, do not use motorway service station stops - more or less for the reasons you have listed. So we tend to use trucker stops, quieter roads with large pull off places and when up in Scotland, where the old roads have been turned into picnic sites and pull off places. Much nicer, less stressful and better when dog leg stretches have to be taken into consideration :) Well done you x

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    1. Cheers Kate, we certainly have never used motorway services as anything other than a convenient car park, always carrying food and drink with us (and dog essentials of course!)

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  3. We often focus on negative things, I often look back on my post, maybe you need a label for post like these, so you can pull them all up at once on a blue day.

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    1. You're absolutely right Marlene, far too easy to remember the negative things.

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  4. Good for you - I guess the search is on now for an alternative stop-off.

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    1. No search needed Sue, there are loads of 'truck stop' laybys in the area. It's just up to now we have used Scotch Corner because the caravan area was large and easy to turn around in.

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  5. On catchup & your garden post was great & loved the pics of Daisy, which brought a smile to my face. Pity about the parking at the services, but then we have some pretty poor ones too for vans. Well done on the drive, as I understand about that too as you already know. I'd so love my LITTLE car back again. Take care.

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    1. Thank you Susan, I'm surprised to hear that you have poor service areas for caravans, somehow I thought Australia was far more 'van friendly'.

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  6. Good for you! And yes, having these reminders are very important. Travel always has its challenges!

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    1. Thanks Leigh, we try to minimise travel challenges as much as we can :-)

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  7. Good to have a reminder of what you can do, you deserve your pat on the back.

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    1. Hi Eileen, glad you are back safely from your own travels.

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