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National Lampoon's Staycation
By Ethan Burrell - Posted 31/01/2021. Written and posted originally on DriveTribe on 20/11/2020.
Lockdown road trips - Driving for distance in two disciplines.
If you're like me, all lock down did was increase your want for adventure - waking up every day like Father Jack; "I'm still on that feckin' island!". The travel bug runs deep & being denied something you love makes you want it more than ever; in my case 2020 has denied me SE, I mean intercontinental road trips, something I love dearly. Like everyone I had grand plans for 2020 - a European trip with a visit to Le Mans and the Pyrenees which were cancelled immediately when the bats took hold. But I didn't want this year to be a loss so once travel internally was allowed I hit up the WhatsApp group with a task; a fun day out on good UK roads to satisfy our needs for adventure.
What makes a good road trip?
Pretty easy really; good company, good roads, good cars, good grub. I personally find the goods roads part the hardest to plan for, everyone knows Europe is full of hidden gems and famous passes but the UK, especially England, didn't get that memo. Sure everyone knows the saying 'good roads are everywhere, you just need to know where to find them' but that's easier said than done if you don't know where to look, and don't have unlimited free time and fuel to go exploring. Google searching for good routes also doesn't lend much help if you're in the Midlands either, some Facebook posts come up with some Pistonheads threads from the bronze age but it's hard to get a straight answer - I've been lucky enough to have found a very good group of experienced car friends to fill that Google-Gap. Through them and various drives we've done I have been able to put together some 'good' routes, so if you're reading this and looking for a decent UK route in the Midlands or going from the Midlands please help yourself:
The Soup of the Day.
Quit stalin, tell me about the drive.
Unlike I, the sheep we're uninterested in my driving Skittles.
End of Act 1.
Kia not part of our group.
End of Act 2.
Snake oil and Lambing.
Sorry Mondeo, you parked elsewhere.
And we come to the point I want to make with this post, even on a not perfect driving day like this was thanks to early shade and excessive traffic at the start - I think I speak for all us that given the difficulty this year as given; being together, talking cars, enjoying a drive, chatting crap and having a laugh was very much needed - man love. Stop sniggering at the back I didn't say men in love, just man love.