Monday, 21 September 2015

An un-expected Drive to London


On Saturday Leo and I were due in London bright and early. I set my alarm and got my head down for an early night ready for the excitement of the day ahead the following morning.  When Leo rolled into my room bright and early, I didn't think for a second that my alarm had failed me, and that it was now the time that we should be boarding our train out of town. His arrival into bed made me glance at the clock and recall on horror, Before I knew it I was up, in the shower and getting ready so that we could make a break out of the house.

I knew it was too late for our first train, it had already left. The second train out of the station got us in far to late for the event, so we opted to hop in my prized automobile and head for Oxford in the hopes that we could pick up another train that would get us there in time. I pulled the car over as we got into Oxford, which is about an hours drive with traffic from the town I live in Worcestershire. It was then that I realised we were about to miss our second train of the morning. I didn't want to let Leo down as I had promised him a trip into London, so even though we were going to miss our main purpose of visiting London, I was adamant that we were going to make it.

It was then and there that I decided to throw myself well and truly out of my comfort zone. I had already danced on the line when I decided to drive to Oxford, but now I was going to drive to London. I decided that we would drive to Uxbridge, park the car and then hop on the tube into London City Centre. Leo was excited for the road trip and I was buzzing, I had already got so far, what was another 50 minutes? My adrenaline levels were bubbling, and instead of fearing the motorway stretch that I knew was coming, I was looking forward to it. 

I drove around the roundabout taking the exit for the M40, and as I merged I was smiling. I was doing something that I never ever thought that I would do in my life. I was now on the motorway and heading towards the capital with Leo cheering as we went. The road trip was all part of the fun, and today I am still pretty proud of myself. 

On the way home we spent 70 odd miles on the M40. Now for the average person it might not sound like much, but for me. A self confessed nervous driver who had thrown caution to the wind and proven that she COULD do it, and she had done it!

Leo and I spent a fabulous day in London and even hopped on the open top tour bus, something that I had never had the opportunity to do with him before. The sun shone and the September day was just beautiful.

We are hoping to head to Newquay in the October half term, just the two of us. Once upon a time this would have only been possible if I researched the trains and made sure we could make it to the hotel from the station. Now I am so pleased to be able to say that I will get in my car, and we will drive there with big smiles on our faces with tunes blaring.

Before we plan that trip though I need to have a look online and reserve new tyres for local fitting as my current set are nearing the end of their life span. I often like to use tyre dealers such as Point-S as they are local to me in the West Midlands, and for the over all convenience factor of being able to see what I am paying up front. 

It just goes to show that life won't deal you a hand that you can't handle. These things are sent to test us, and it is up to us to rise to the occasion!

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