Friday, September 14, 2012
Saturday, September 8 On to the West Country
We crawl along and, according to the car’s instruments, we average 11 MPH for the first hour of our drive. We reset the GPS to avoid highways and it takes us off into the countryside on typical two-lane British roads
Our first planned stop is in Salisbury to see the town and the cathedral. We find a shopping mall parking lot near the cathedral and pull in as its electronic sign shows empty spots. On the second level we spot a handicap space and pull into it. Carolyn has been told that England does not honor US handicap stickers but Dick takes the position that it is better to big forgiveness than ask permission.
Just outside the garage, we spot a pub where we split an order of fish and chips with a coke and a beer to wash it down (14.80GBP) or about $21 US. Ouch!!
We select a restaurant from a list provided by the hotel and head out with, once again, the address in the GPS. The GPS knows the restaurant by name. How cool is that? But, and our recent days have been full of buts, the GPS thinks it is located on Forester Lane and it is actually on Forester Road! It is only a matter of a few blocks but, if you don’t know where you are going, the miss is as good as a mile.
We finally get to Bathwick Boatman Restaurant, overlooking the Avon River, and have a very nice meal. We visit with some locals at the next table and generally enjoy ourselves.