merry was my f-first… we went to the desert, we met lots of people… gave some of them rides… we wandered… he’s been loaded up and weighed down and even broken into… we raced around and avoided the authorities… i’m absolutely heartbroken that i had to let him go but he couldn’t really go where i needed him to anymore, no matter how much i wished he could.
this is my new vessel pearl. she’s very pretty and her helm looks like a spaceship. (O_O) she’s the same as merry, just a different color and 17 years newer with a bunch of bells and whistles. while i am happy that i will still be able to make many new adventures, i think she will feel a bit awkward for a while… i’m sure i will become very attached to her soon enough. :)
I love this episode so much! Even though I’ve seen it before, so I know who wins the race..
Richard Hammond swearing repeatedly at rush hour traffic on a bike is bloody hilarious! And the Stig on the underground is brilliant too, I love how they gave him a phone with the Coronation Street theme tune!
we started at about halfway along the tarka trail (a 9 mile cycling strip) and loitered around for a few hours, and the second & third german trains passed us.
then we walked down a bit and bumped into a huge crowd: low and behold, it’s james may! the flying scotsman had broken down so he was fixing it. we stayed there for a while and took creeper photos and watched the filiming. then, james got a phonecall from the german team; they’d won the race. here is his face when he was on the phone:
he was gutted. :p
then he got a call to say that the second british train (i think they all had 3) had arrived at the bideford train station, which was the finish point, and he had to go all the way over there. so me & emily ran to catch the bus to keep up with him and whilst we were heading for the bus, james may drove past us. on the back of a golf buggy. weirdest moment ever. we were in hysterics!
we got the bus and got to bideford train station just as he left. so we got the next bus back to instow which was where the flying scotsman was, because they’d fixed it. we bumped into james again there and were so close to talking to him, but then he had to get on the buggy again and drive to bideford train station with the camera crew, and so we decided to follow the flying scotsman all the way to the end. all 4 miles!
we had conversations with ox clarke all the way there. he was so kind, bless him. he was so nice to talk to and so down to earth! then my grandad arrived and he walked with us for the last 3 miles. the train kept breaking down which was annoying, but it finished. here’s james may posing with the train:
uytdrxfcgvhb yeah can’t be bothered writing any more. here’s their autographs:
(oz was really cold so his writing was messy. it reads ‘To Emily & Emily, how cool is that?!” he said that because we said our names were the same because we were cool. \o/)
YAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYY now we’ve just gotta hope the show gets broadcast!
“I realized today, as we were truckin’ it on the highway, that I haven’t driven west of Birmingham, AL since 1991. My family moved from Louisiana in November of 1991 and I haven’t had to drive past Birmingham since then. It feels weird. Now, today, I have been through Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and we are FINALLY in Texas. I hate road trips. I stink at driving long distances and I stink at staying awake to keep people company. BUT… I wouldn’t have missed this trip for the world. My bestie, Lauren, decided it was time to leave the East and head out West! So her mom, sister and two best friends are moving her out! It’s a bitter sweet trip but I’m excited and proud of her. Love you, Lauren! I wish you the best of luck in your new city… You’re making it 10x better!”—
We packed both belongings and people into the van without the need for the rooftop carrier or anyone to be strapped on the outside. After a quick stop at the grocery store for some Buffalo food items we got on the highway just before noon. It was late, but not really unexpected.
Grandpa has Garmin Nuvi in the van. I added the few destinations that I had looked up beforehand in as favorites and setup the route. Most GPS units have multiple voice options when speaking directions, ours is set to the Australian female. While the programming of the unit dictates how often it speaks and recalculates if you go off route for a rest stop or for fuel versus the voice type selection, “Sheila” can be VERY bossy. I’m still partial to the accent but I think she will be gone tomorrow.
Since there is only so much flat lifeless no longer winter but not yet ready for spring middle state scenery the kids (and adults) can take we have a lot of activities packed with us. Each day there will be a small surprise for the girls, today it included pipe cleaners. Dolls, ants, rings, shamrock hair accessories and my poor, yet discernable Kokopelli were among the creations.
One where we may have a destination planned, but not an arrival date. We could stop and take little side trips on the way, but they wouldn’t have to be planned. If we see somewhere we want to go or something we want to do, we’d just do it.
I was upstairs watching As Told by Ginger and then my mom called me from downstairs and told me to get something from the car. I was thinking like “wtf? why is she making me do it?” and then I go outside and there’s a white car with a red bow on it and I took 2 steps outside turned around and said “IS THAT FOR ME?!”. I turned around and ran the opposite direction, crying. My mom was like “Are you ok? Why’d you run away?” She thought it was so funny that I was crying. I was like “Yes, I’m happy!” My grandma set the whole thing up and my mom bought it. I immediately texted everyone and posted a status on facebook! Then I went to home depot and made extra keys. I went to pick up my friends and show off to people that live around me hahaha.