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On the road again, England 2018 ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง

Date: 4th June 2018.

Travelled: 129 kilometres from Church Farm, Bosham to Oxford.

Visited: Mostly just driving the A34

Stayed: The Old Red Lion, Marston (Britstop). Free. N51.77233, W01.23752

Another year passes as we start our motorhome adventures for 2018.  In reality itโ€™s only 7 months since we put the Hymer in storage and returned to Sydney, after touring Scandinavia.  Its been a long hot summer in Sydney and the warm weather has continued through autumn, with the winter chill only stricking in the last weeks of May.  We are leaving a month earlier this year than we normally do, hoping to get some fair weather in Scotland without co-inciding with the midge feeding season.

We have had some routine work done on the Hymer during the off-season, this would normally be a service and an MOT (road worthiness) inspection.  However the timing belt on the Hymerโ€™s Fiat 2.8 TDI was last changed in 2012, the recommended service replacement is 6 years.  When we originally purchased the Hymer we had a 3 year plan to explore europe, but that seems to have developed into a 10 year plan.  So ยฃ325 on preventative maintenance seemed prudent.  Only the start of the maintenance planned for this year I am afraid.

30 minutes in and we still cannot see the front of the queue !

Singapore Airlines delivered us safely and on-time to Heathrow.  Whilst the first leg to Singapore was disturbed by a screaming child the second leg was very quiet and comfortable, so we both managed a good sleep (with some chemical assistance).  Not so good was the wait of 90 minutes to clear customs.  This didnโ€™t make Tony our driverโ€™s day either.  Another 90 minutes later Tony drops us at Church Farm for an emotional reunion with the Hymer.  Pam is busy unpacking whilst I wash 7 months of dust away.  The fridge is running, we leaves our empty bags with Church Farm and hit the road.

First stop, the nearby Tescoโ€™s supermarket to fill the cupboards and fridge for the trip north…

We stop once again at an old favourite, The Red Lion at Marston. Only a couple of miles from Oxford with a large grass carpark and free parking for motorhomes.

Its been a long day and a half and we have a drink before calling it an early night…

Michael and Pam

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