London Baby! [part 1]

BST Festival 2017 Travels From OverendThe other weekend, my partner and I, along with my brother, hit the road down to London for the British Summer Time Festival to watch Phil Collins in Hyde Park. As we were travelling in cars, we opted to stay in High Wycombe due to its offerings of cheap hotels and multiple car parking opportunities. The availability of frequent trains heading into London had an impact on the location too.

I had never visited High Wycombe before. The place seemed pleasant enough complete with a market, old churches and an active night life. It also had an abundance of shopping malls and double mini-roundabouts. We were staying in a budget-chain hotel complete with great rooms and great beds – the place had it all; apart from staff. However, where the employee headcount lacked, the numbers were made up by some homeless people sleeping in the fire exit. Continue reading

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Lotus Road Trip Tips

Type 23I’d like to think of myself as an experienced Lotus Elise driver and over the years I have learnt a few things about planning a road trip with the Type 23. As a result, here are my top five tips for doing a road trip in a Lotus Elise! Continue reading

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Wet Wales

Travels from Overend Road TripA few months ago, we took a road trip around Wales. It rained a lot which really shouldn’t have been a surprise, but it did but a dampener on things! All in all it was a 950 mile round trip from Newcastle which took in the sights of Swansea, Portmeirion and lots of scenic tarmac! It was the first proper outing in the Lotus since I’d had its head gasket replaced and thankfully it gave us no problems (which is more than can be said for it recently). Continue reading

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My First Book – Daytona

florida-addHello! As my blogging has not been very regular over the past month or so, I thought I’d share another section from my book, Florida – A Delayed Discovery. To set the scene, I was in Daytona and things weren’t going to plan. After a day at the Daytona International Speedway, I went for a wander… Continue reading

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A Proposal

I have been very busy this last month and car shopping has dominated most of my free time, but there was also something else I did a few weeks ago which has made me extra busy and not able to write anything; I asked my partner to marry me! You’ll be happy to know she said yes!

She had gone to visit her mum for the weekend and I used car shopping as an excuse not to join her. Secretly though, I used the time to go ring shopping, but I’ll talk about that another time. Continue reading

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Car Shopping

Travels from Overend Ford FocusAt the start of the month I wrote about my beloved Ford Focus and how it was time for me to part ways with it. I waved goodbye to it on Friday 10th March as it left my life, quite unceremoniously, on the back of a flatbed on its way to the scrapyard. I got a whopping £68 for it which, believe it or not, was £50 more than one offer I’d been given!

I’d made the decision to take my time buying a new(ish) car and use the Lotus to get around in the meantime. On Monday 13th March, the Lotus broke down (lots of trouble…). The starter motor had seized and it is still sat in the garage waiting for me to replace it. This gave me a dilemma. In the space of a weekend I had gone from two cars to none. Getting the bus to work wasn’t really an option as I would need to get three of them every morning and it would be a ninety minute commute. My only alternative was to cycle to work. Continue reading

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My Ford Focus

travels-from-overend-ford-focus-frontHello, and welcome to the 1st of March! I can’t believe how quickly the year is flying by, and on reflection, how fast life seems to be travelling! Normally I would use the first of the month to tell you what the upcoming month has in store in terms of the blog, but today, the date is a bit more significant. My blog has the tagline ‘Travels with and without a Lotus’, and although I have driven three-hundred miles in the Elise today, it is my other car that I want to talk about. The car in question is my silver Ford Focus and unfortunately, today is the day I had to SORN it because of a major MOT failure. Well, four major failures if I’m honest.

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