London to Plymouth
It is another fine and warm day. The weather over here is a whole lot better than we were led to believe.
Ian set off for Hammersmith to collect the hire car after breakfast. This trip started with the 220 bus to Hammersmith then a brisk walk. The trip took about 40 minutes. Upon arrival he was advised he needed 3 contact telephone numbers to leave with the company. His phone was back at Bronwyn’s flat topping up the charge ahead of departure. He had no choice but to return to the flat to get the phone. This time he hailed a taxi and had it wait outside the flat for a quick return. He took advantage of the cab and had it wait while he exchanged some more currency in Hammersmith. He picked up the car and returned to the flat. After loading up the car with the cases we were on our way.
The next hiccup was that we put in our end destination in the sat nav unit and of course it wanted to direct us along the most efficient path. However, we wanted to take a scenic route and we battled with it for a while but alas the sat nav unit won. Navigation is not Darlene’s strong suit so we followed the voice. The unexpected bonus from that was that it took us right past Stonehenge, which is clearly visible from the road.
We thought we would call in at Exeter and see some sights but all we saw was bumper to bumper traffic. We abandoned that and headed for Plymouth. We heard on the radio that traffic was at a standstill up ahead due to a lorry being on fire. Sure enough we caught up to the traffic and spent about 40 minutes crawling along till we passed the then extinguished but charred logging truck.
We arrived at St Elizabeths house around 6pm and the place is amazing. A country mansion converted into a luxury private hotel. Our room is the “Longbrook” room and it is spacious and luxurious. The ensuite is larger than our bedroom at home and has side by side his and hers free-standing baths as well as a walk in shower as big as our bathroom at home.