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Or steam room probably.

I've had three days of total relaxation (no papers, no TV, no radio, no internet, not even any mobile coverage) on top of a hill on the Lleyn peninsula, bracketed by two horrific days of driving.

On the way, the bus suddenly decided to go slow. I wondered about the clutch going but I've had clutches go in the past and it didn't feel like that. More to the point, after stalling (after about an hour of this) it started behaving again. Before that happened, though, someone cutting in in front of me on a bit with stripey white lines bollixed up my driver's side wing mirror.

Then about 10 miles before my destination, a fatal accident up ahead blocked the road both ways so I had to turn round and detour. In so doing I clouted a post with the other wing mirror and bollixed that one up. By this time I was extremely tired and once I reached my destination wasn't good for anything but putting up the recliner in the shade and opening a beer. Half way through the beer it struck me that if I hadn't been slowed down so much I might have been part of the accident, and given the size of the bus, possibly made everything even worse.

Coming home, having spent time on the wing mirrors with gaffer tape, all went well till past Chester, when I got the go-slow again. I found myself crawling up a hill at about 30 mph, which attracted the attention of the fuzz. We discussed the situation, looked at the road atlas, agreed that going off onto A roads wasn't really a viable option, so he suggested I give it a try and if I went down that low again, then go off. I managed to average 40 mph from then on; on the last leg of the journey stalled at the lights... and went back to normal. Memo to self: if it happens again, try stalling deliberately.

Somewhat shattered at the moment after stressful journey and getting all vulnerable stuff into the house or under cover. More on the good bits next time.

Date: 2013-07-24 02:29 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] gwendraith
I could do with three days of no TV, Radio or Internet. I feel swamped at the moment!

Fate is strange. Be thankful you were going slow and missed the accident. A couple of years ago my son and 4 other doctors were travelling in a minibus to Scotland for team building at a consultant's house. They took turns driving. When it was Ben's turn he had only been at the wheel a few minutes on a very quiet road and somehow clipped the kerb on a bend, as I'm sure thousands have done with no consequence. He hadn't been going fast or even chatting. The minibus shot across the road and hit a vehicle with a couple in it who were on holiday. It's possible the tyre burst when he clipped the kerb although investigations couldn't say one way or the other that's when it happened. The lady passenger was killed (a death complicated by her unsecured electric scooter shooting forward into her and being unable to airlift her to hospital quick enough as they needed a larger capacity helicopter). His 4 colleagues had minor injuries and Ben was uninjured. He kept her alive until the medics arrived and tended to her injured husband. If either vehicle had been going just a couple of mph faster or slower they would have missed each other and Ben probably would have skidded to a bumpy halt on the grassy verge. If the tyre hadn't burst, if the scooter had been secured, if they'd sent the larger helicopter to start with.....I'm just thankful my son was okay.

It's sounds a very "interesting" trip that you had :)

Date: 2013-07-24 10:56 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] gwendraith
Glad you were okay anyway.

Date: 2013-08-21 09:49 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] gwendraith
Glad to hear the problem has been solved :)

Date: 2013-08-28 09:01 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] naatz
Psst - happy birthday. :)

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