Saturday, August 13, 2011

Friday, From London to Pickering

On Friday we checked out of our hotel and took the Tube to Heathrow. From there we picked up our rental car. It is a little Vauxhall Astra hatchback.

With Cathy as navigator, I did a couple of laps around the the parking lot to try to get a feel for the car. We were more than a little nervous about driving. It ready feels weird driving a car with right hand drive. It was hard to get used to shifting with my left hand and more than a couple of times reached for the gear shift with my right hand and only found the door handle.

With the help of a GPS we got out of Heathrow and on to the correct motorway. We made our way to the M1 and headed north. The traffic was very heavy almost the whole way and several times all four lanes came to complete stop. We left Heathrow at 11:00 and didn't reach our B&B until almost 6:30. We did stop a couple of times for food and coffee.

The last couple of hours of the drive were on local roads, which in some ways is more challenging that the motorways.

After we got settled in the B&B, we walked to the local pub, the Black Swan for food and some much needed beverages. We walked past an old church and graveyard along the way. The church apparently has striking frescoes on the walls that were hidden under limewash during the 16th century Reformation. They were rediscovered in 1878. I hope we get a chance to see them.

We are staying at Ashfield House, which is a very nice modern home that was built by our hosts.

The front yard.

They have a beautiful sunroom where they serve breakfast.

Pickering is a lovely little market town of about 8000 at the base of the North Yorkshire Moors.

Tomorrow were plan to explore the city of York and visit the Yorkminister.
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