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Westerly on Wheels trip to AGM in Glasgow
January 22 - January 28
We’ll take the high road…
After a leisurely start from the South Coast, we met up with John and Joyce Easteal just west of Birmingham at lunch time. They were still in the process of fitting out their new Mercedes Sprinter motorhome, and the all-important commissioning of the cooker and heater had only been finished at 10am that morning. Heading so far north, and with forecasters predicting the coldest night of the winter so far, a hot water bottle would not have been enough!
For our half-way first night, we dropped anchor in the car park at the Green Man Pub at Inglewhite, Preston. The last few miles were on some rather icy lanes, and we were pleased to be warmly welcomed inside, with a cosy open fireside to sit by, and enjoy the hospitality of fine ale and an excellent home cooked meal.
Next day, the snow was thawing and the early patchy freezing fog quickly cleared to reveal the magnificent snow-capped mountains of Helvellyn and Skiddaw to the west as we passed Shap summit, and we enjoyed some fine winter sunshine as we crossed the border into Scotland.
After checking into the campsite, we set off for the Golden Jubilee Hotel and received a warm welcome at the WOA AGM reception desk. After a free day on Friday 25th visiting the Riverside museum, we found ourselves back at the hotel for the very convivial Burns Night supper. The AGM on Saturday was followed by a wonderful dinner and ceilidh in the evening, with our hosts and the other area groups represented in dance, song and verse.
After toasting the success of the weekend and singing the farewell Auld Lang Syne, we returned to the campsite. The Glasgow Police – being aware that there had been a number of late night thefts of motorhomes – became a little suspicious on seeing a number of motorhomes making their way through Glasgow and stopped the last one to check ownership!
By now it was 1am and we were all about to convene for a cup of hot chocolate before retiring to our own warm and cosy vans, when Dick exclaimed, with a look of horror on his face, just as Jane closed the van door “Have you got the keys?” to which the reply was “No. I hadn’t intended locking it”. Needless to say, neither did Dick have any keys. So there we were, at 1am in the morning, in Scotland, in January, with the temperature around freezing, locked out of our warm cosy motorhome, dressed in only lightweight evening wear! We were so very lucky to have our friends Nigel and Cheryl Christian from Carlisle, and John and Joyce Easteal from the South Coast camping next door, to keep us company and sustain us with hot chocolate, warmth and convivial conversation while we waited more than 2 hours for the AA to arrive.
They were finally able to work their magic and break in without any damage, but it was 4am before we were all tucked up in bed. We were so very grateful to have our friends in the Westerly Owners Association to stand by and support us during this chilly experience on the latest Westerly Wheels event.