Riding High in Liverpool. England 2018 ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง

Date: 6th June 2018

Travelled: 202 kilometres from Little Leigh to Croft

Visited: Liverpool

Stayed: Millhouse Lane, Croft. Free,  N53.42707, W02.54653

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The birds are chirping, damn itโ€™s first light at 4am this time of year.  Not easy to sleep in, but a bit of a doze until 5.30am when a tractor turns into the paddock behind and start plowing or mowing or something noisy.  It looks like another beautiful day which will be good to wander Liverpool.

The Hymer is booked in the have air-bags added to its rear suspension in Warrington this morning.  The Hymer sits on an Alko chassis with a torsion bar rear suspension.  This makes for lighter weight which improves payload and power to weight ratios according to the blurb, however the downside is sag as the vehicle ages.  The more the tail sags the less stable and comfortable it becomes to drive.  The only option is to add an airbag system to the rear.  I tried to have a system fitted last year, had it booked in with a fitter then he wouldnโ€™t do it on the day.  There are only two companies in the UK that supply and fit these systems.  The second one is AS Air Suspension in Warrington and that is why we are here.

So we say our goodbyes to The Holly Bush Inn and head for Warrington.  We are a little early, have a chat with the two proprieters and take up their offer of a lift to the railway station.  As we drive though Warrington it doesnโ€™t appear to have a lot of charm.  Most of the centre of town is either very modern or a shade dilapidated.  ยฃ10 return for the two of us and we are way for the 30 minute trip to Liverpool Central Station.

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Just outside Liverpool Central, doesnโ€™t have that big city feel. Not in a hurry, is how I would describe it…as we walk everything is The Beatles, The Mersey and this way to the Cavern district.
We walk along through some upmarket shopping area to pick up a data sim, then continue on through to this memorial to Queen Victoria.
We walk on to the Cavern Club, made famous by The Beatles but a starting venue for many legendary bands.
Love this wall in Matthew Street.
Hanging out, as you do.
Looking down Matthew Street, all the pubs and clubs have names that probably breach copyright somewhere.
We wander down to the banks of the Mersey. There are some magnificent public buildings along the promenade.
We spend the next 30 minutes or so walking the Royal Albert Dock then onto the Queenโ€™s Dock. Very lucky with the weather.

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Looking across Coburg Dock we turn to take the long walk up the Liverpool Cathedral.
Liverpoolโ€™s CofE Cathedral, only completed in 1978. Constructed in red sandstone its huge. You can climb to the top for a small fee, but as we have been walking for 3 hours, not today.
Someone important or rich most likely.
Itโ€™s all down hill as we head back into central Liverpool, by accident we find Liverpoolโ€™s second Cathedral (Catholic). A stunning piece of modern architecture.
Its after 2pm and we have been walking for 4 hours. The Lonely Planet recommends the Philharmonic Dining Rooms for lunch and here we are.
Why are we here, the beer ๐Ÿป is good ? Pam says the wine ๐Ÿท is good, the lunch is good pub food ๐Ÿฅ˜? Have you ever had a chance to urinate at a World Heritage Listed dunny?  We get yourself to the Philharmonic !

Mind you, only the โ€˜mensโ€™ is heritage list.  Pam has to wait 30 minutes until the next womanโ€™s tour of the men’s toilet occurs, she returns with a new respect for men.

The suspension place rings to say the Hymer will be finished within the hour and we leave the Philharmonic, I duck into the dunny for a last extended look (two pints) and we make our way back to the station.  Our ride back to the Hymer is waiting and there it is sitting 50mm higher at the rear.  Its an emotional re-union, I am playing with the up and down buttons whilst Pam argues over the bill.  Its been a long day…

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Michael and Pam


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