Odd stuff

 So a guy is driving around the M25 London orbital motorway when he sees debris is the fast lane in front of him, he moves to avoid it and just as he getstortoise to it he sees its moving and has a head… Pulling over and running back he finds a Tortoise that has succeeded in travelling across 5 lanes of this, one of the busiest sections of motorway in the UK – in rush hour!! He takes it home, stopping off to give it a slap up meal of lettuce, and takes it on to his local vet. The vet scans the little hero in a half shell to find it’s micro chipped. It was micro chipped in the US! They are presently trying to find out if this little globe trotter actually stowed away on a plane or came with a family moving to or through the UK. The tortoise has now been given the temporary name of ‘Freeway’

Sat-Nav…

Now, there are things people need to know about this; 1. It’s a back up system and not accurate at all (unless you’re going to war and want your bombs to drop in the vicinity of somewhere) 2. The GPS saSat Navtellites are creaking under the strain of over use 3. It only takes a solar storm to make them worthless 4. They rarely consider the size of vehicle and weight (think bridge heights and road width) 5. They generally work on major routes – therefore they’re  somewhere between bad and useless in more rural locations. 6. Most truckers don’t use them – they buy a map. So this week, the HUA award goes to this guy in his BMW… Who said, ‘it didn’t look right, but I just trusted it’!

HUA

Don’t be a moron – buy a map!! They’re cheaper too and never lie.  Never EVER rely on a GPS device if hill walking in poor visibility!!!! (however, if you do want reliability – get a Sat-naG).

Last nights work;

What a simple and straight forward relaxed evening – if not a little too relaxed. Everything went well, albeit the cushion in the driving seaOakthorpe milk intaket back was almost none existent on the left hand side, which in turn twisted my back out and led to me ‘defecting’ the truck upon my return. Today (as stated in an earlier article) I head for Oakthorpe in north London again. I start at 4pm and that’s about the time that the end-of-weekend commute back to London starts – so I’m in for a lot of sitting in traffic. Normally I’d head up the M5 to Bristol, but seeing as they’re doing roadworks on a major bridge up there – I’ll be using the A303 and M3 all the way in.

Oakthorpe 303

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Out and About

So I was working over the last 48hrs, this started with a trip to London, first to Hayes (next to Heathrow) then back onto (as Chris Rea puts it) the ‘Road to Hell’ all music inspiring M25 london orbital motorway.

The M25 is well known in the UK as being a total nightmare at best and boasts some horrific accidents. However, it was Friday, so just heavy traffic as can be seen in the video

 

 

It didn’t take long to get parked up at all – 3 ¾ hours to get around to the otherside of London for my next place ‘Thurrock’.

 

After some problems with Customs not releasing my return load I was told to return empty, so next to the Dartford Crossing or more correctly ‘The QE2 Bridge’ for a dash around the southern M25 

It only took an hour to get back around the other side of London this time and the day finally came to an end at Solstice Park. This name given to the proximity of Stonehenge a few hundred yards away.

A nice sunset and sleep ensued.

Published in: on 4 May, 2008 at 00:38  Comments (3)  
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