Trip to Edinburgh
This was a big one, a 900 mile trip from London to Edinburgh and back. I've been waiting to do this ever since I ordered the car, and this week there was a perfect window of good weather to do it.
Why Edinburgh? Well the reason I sold my previous 7 was to fund a Masters course at Edinburgh University. I then stayed on to do a PhD and postdoctoral work, so I ended up living there for nearly 10 years. I still do work with a colleague at the University so it's partly a business trip, but mostly I just want to do the drive in the car. My plan was to drive up in one day, and then split the return trip with a stop overnight in Manchester to catch up with a friend in Bromley Cross. Having scanned the weather forecasts there seemed to be a nice 4-day block of settled weather from 30th August for the rest of the week, so on Sunday I made the decision to go for it and booked my hotel in Edinburgh.
I spent most of the bank holiday Monday preparing for the trip. This was my first major outing in the car so I had to decide what to take as well as making sure the car was ready. The boot was filled with a travel bag for my clothes and overnight stuff, and a small rucksack that holds the wheel clamp and a spray bottle for cleaning the windscreen. That left just enough room for my laptop and the Soft Bits shower cap, plus I took a 1 litre bottle of engine oil. In the cockpit I had a small shoulder bag for essentials like hats (baseball and woolly), gloves, phone charging cable, sunglasses etc. Late on the Monday I decided that a pair of bluetooth headphones might be a good idea, so a quick visit to Richer Sounds and I had a pair of Sony over-ear, noise-cancelling cans that connect to my phone. These would prove to be an excellent purchase! So having done all the basic checks on the car it was an early night to bed.