SO last Saturday came sun shining, so thought it was time for a travel along the English Rivera to spread the DDF word and pop up as many posters and deliver as many flyers as possible - easy enough i here you say …………….. with a VW…..not a chance!
Got the kids in Skippy, rang Zoe to see if she fancied coming along and we were off – YEA………. road trip!
Hooked up at the good ole Exeter services meeting point (where Zoe promptly got called a hippy by some kids) and off we went – English Riveria was a go, go!
As ever a trip in a VW is a real adventure so off we chugged on the A30 with Skippy going full steam ahead with Mart at the wheel then…..there it was appearing in front of us, the dreaded telegraph hill !!!!! Naaaa will be ok we can get up there done it loads of times even blow the air horns when we get to the top to celebrate the achievement.
Half way up noooooo what’s happened poor Skippy just died on us, “quick lay-by”, we managed to coast into it with traffic streaming past, out Mart jumped and after a few choice words (which I’ve been told I’m not allowed to repeat on here), and some fiddling near the engnie parts Mart has fixed it (or so we all thought ) and we were on our way again yeaaaa!!!!!
Then….. we reached the top and uh-oh! it happened again thankfully a little easier to pull in and no coasting required this time and safe enough to get Skippy sorted for the rest of the trip – the problem? well i was reliably informed it was that the carb links had come loose – of course I came to that conclusion on my own and didn’t need Mart to tell me at all (cough, cough).
So off we went again and made it to the top at which points the air horns were blown (well we may have had two minor stops but we made it all the same!)
So first stop – Torquay, whacked up some posters and flyers, met some very nice people, spread the word and made some very useful contacts and then off to stop 2 - Teignmouth, we all piled back in to Skippy (after Zoe and me managed to drag oursleves out of one of the nicest smelling fresh fish restaurants ever – and they had a really nice counter top which had us mesmerized!) and started heading out of Torquay only to go around a sharp corner and be faced with a queue of stopped traffic which was a little closer to us than an old VW has the capability of stopping in – eeek! that’s ok though we managed to stop in between them and the on coming traffic little did we realise the queue was waiting at a set of road works lights – ooops!
TALK ABOUT PUCKERED RINGS sure it wasn’t as much as much as the poor lady in her car which is now sat beside us, literally “side by side” (sorry lady), so Mart sheepishly reversed back and joined the back of the queue (bless him!) sure no-one noticed!
I will add at this point in Skippy and Mart’s defence that there was only one road sign which was on that corner saying there was road works, (he made me put that bit in )
DAMN THOSE WORK MEN PUT MORE SIGNS OUT !!!!!!!! THEN OLD VWS MAY HAVE ENOUGH PRAYING TIME TO MAKE THE BRAKES WORK!
Any how made it to Stop 2 - Teignmouth yea!, repeated the Torquay process and job done
Cup of tea and a little sneaky cake yum (rude not to!) then the cold kicked in and we decided that was enough excitement for one day (plus we had the trip home yet) and to be honest i don’t think Zoe could of taken much more, sorry Zoe
But as we say HAPPY DAYS
And don’t forget if you see Skippy driving past give us a toot – he’s the one who did the CLIC Sargent photo shoot!