American adventures on Amtrak- Part 7 – The Rockies and The San Juan mountains, Colorado

Our journey from Denver through to Grand Junction on The Californian Zephyr was fantastic. It was a daytime journey and passed right through the heart of The Rocky Mountains. The scenery was breathtaking, we followed the Colorado River through the majority of the journey and we saw hundreds of people enjoying the river, be it on kayaks, dingy, canoes or just swimming. What was hilarious was something that we had been prewarned about- the “locals mooning” at the train as it goes by – we were in stitches when we saw our first- and it kept the whole carriage amused as we played “spot the mooner” Some did to whilst balancing not their dingy, some from the side of the river, some old, some young – it didn’t seem to matter! Hilarious!

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Photos don’t do the journey justice, so I took a selection of videos, which you can see below:

We arrived at Grand junction, Colorado just n time for a dip at the outdoor pool at the hotel (temperature was 38 degrees at 7pm!!!) and a few glasses of local wine and a meal at the local brewhouse. The Colorado wine didn’t blow us away, but the meal was delicious. There were some interesting sculptures dotted along the High Street, including this one of the buffalo, made out of bumpers of cars!

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Next day we had another big day of travel – we were heading to the San Juan mountain range and up to Silverton by coach, then joining the Durango-Silverton narrow gauge railway back down to Durango. Our first rest stop was at the amazing village of Ouray, which is nestled at the foot of the hills, and at the bottom of what the locals call “The Million Dollar Highway”. The town is very small but authentic wild west in style, and had numerous cowboy style buildings from the late 1800s.

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As soon as we arrived at Silverton (named because they used to mine silver there) we knew we were in for a treat. It was so so SO amazing there – really oldey worldly, horse drawn carriages being pulled, old saloon bars, cowboys etc. Absolutely fantastic place, I would really love to go back! We found a saloon bar/restaurant called Grumpy’s – we were enticed by the honky tonk pianist playing. We enjoyed a couple of pints of local beer and a buffalo burger each in an amazing atmosphere.

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Our journey from Silverton to Durango on the narrow gauge railway was absolutely incredible. I still can’t even describe how much we loved it so I’m afraid I’ll have to give you the pics and vids instead!

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American adventures on Amtrak- Part 6 Denver, Colarado

We arrived at Denver Union station almost an hour late, but seeing as it was still 09:00 in the morning no one seemed to mind the extra time in our sleeper cars!

   

  

 We were greeted by a coach and tour guide who gave us a whistle stop tour through the city of Denver before dropping us at our hotel. We were under the impression that we would be able to have an early check in, but sadly this never happened, which did result in quite a bit of waiting around the hotel lobby. John, our tour manager took us on a walk around the city, past the Capitol building with its beautiful golden dome and also the house of  Molly Brown, who was a survivor of the ill fated Titanic.  

 
    
   

   
There was a lovely park which was packed with different food trucks and some interesting sculptures dotted around. Keith and I decided to kill some time by nipping back down to the park and get some food- Keith opted for the Italian beef sandwich and I had a meatball baguette. The sun was shining and we enjoyed a relax in the park, before having a quick look around the Capitol building- we were also allowed up to the observation deck just below the dome. The view towards the Rockies was nice and it was an enjoyable way to spend an hour or so whilst we waited for our room to become available. 

              
Once checked in we grabbed a nap- and woke to an enormous thunder clap! We had a chill whilst the storm passed over and then headed into town. Word on the street was that there was a great place to try out local Bison, Ted’s Montana Grill, so we headed there first. Keith had the Bison fillet steak and I had slow cooked bison ribs, both served with local corn. It was delicious. So good that we ended up going back there the next da        

We stopped for a beer on the way back to the hotel in The Yard House, a bar that had a huge selection of local draft ales and lagers. We got id’ed again and as we didn’t have our passports a local chap said he “would vouch for us”! It’s very confusing the laws re alcohol here- we are now having to carry passports all the time,something we don’t like to do, some places insisting its the law to id everyone, others not bothering at all. Strangely, you can buy pot here legally though and don’t get me started on the gun law.. 

Friday dawned and we were up early- we’d booked onto the optional extra excursion up into The Rocky National Park. Our guide was a lively local lady full of interesting facts and stories and our driver was an Indian Chief… Chief Jim. The tour was absolutely fantastic, we drove to an altitude of 12,000 ft through the most impressive scenery we’ve come across, with plenty of stops for piccies and refreshments. Up at 12,000ft there was the risk of altitude sickness, symptoms which we incurred were light headed ness, shortness of breath, and feeling very “floaty”. During our trip we encountered herds of Elk, (a deer like animal) and we think we saw an eagle soaring above. 

   
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
 We returned to the hotel shortly before 18:30, and we had a quick freshen up before heading out for dinner, back to Ted’s Grill, via The Tilted Kilt, a bar where the waitresses dressed in short mini skirt kilts and bras! We met up with another couple on the trip and went for dinner with them and had a lovely boozy evening.

Next stop, Grand Junction, which is right in the Wild West! Can’t wait! 

American adventures on Amtrak- Part 5 Chicago

We arrived slightly later than scheduled (2 hours- apparently normal!) at Union Station, Chicago, where we were greeted by a very lively local tour guide who was to take us on a coach tour around Chicago. On it, he shared amusing stories and fed us local recommendations on where to eat, as well as showing us some places linked to Al Capone, The Blues Brothers, and much much more. His enthusiasm was wonderful, he really brought the stories to life- although our whole group, us included, were all shattered and hungry so probably didn’t appreciate it as much as we could have.

    
After our tour we were dropped at the hotel, conveniently located on the Magnificent Mile, a stretch of posh shops, restaurants and tourist attractions. We had chance for a wander so headed off towards Portillos, recommended by our guide as the best place to eat Italian beef sandwiches, a Chicago delacasy. The sandwich was great, but sadly we were unable to wash it down with a cold beer as we’d left our passports in the hotel safe and we got id’d!

  
Later that afternoon we were booked onto an architectural river tour, which was brilliant. We learnt about the 4 different types of architecture in the area and all commentary was delivered by an excellent young lad, presumably an architectural student.

   
    
    
    
    
    
    
   
After our cruise we headed to the John Hancock centre for a drink in the 96th floor bar. We’d been recommended this by our guide as an alternative to going up the very popular Willis tower, saving lots of time, money but most importantly the view was as good if not better. Having watched the sunset fro the 96th floor with a cocktail in our hand, I’d be hard stretched to imagine a better view. It certainly rivalled the One Freedom tower in NY.

   
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
   
Dinner time came and we headed to the home of Deep Pan Pizza- PizzeriaUno. To us Brits, the pizza more resembled a quiche using shortcrust pastry rather than dough, but still it made a tasty and local dinner. We wasted it down with a nightcap on our hotel roof. Don’t panic mum, it was in the hotel bar on the 29th floor. Not as high as nearby “Big John” but still very cool. 

   
    
   
After a good nights kip, we were up early and into town for a quick ride on the El loop- an overheard metro system unique to Chicago. We got off at Millenium Park for a visit to “The Bean” a large glass sculpture designed to show off the cities skyline via reflections in the bean before heading back to the hotel in time for our coach to take us to the station for our Amtrak train to Denver.    

    
   
   
    
    
    
 We may have only had 24 hours in Chicago but it’s been a fab place to explore, we’ve loved it here. 

American adventures on Amtrak- Part 4 Our first Amtrak overnight train experience – Washington DC- Chicago

The excitement began when our tour manager, John, announced that after checking in at Washington DC Union Station we would be taken into the “first class boarding lounge” where complimentary soft drinks and light refreshments would be available and sofas etc. Here we would wait for an hour or so before boarding onto our first sleeper train of the trip- The Capitol Limited, a sleeper service that runs daily between Washington DC and Chicago covering over 700 miles. We had been given our car and room numbers previously, and pre warned that the rooms “are small, very small“. He wasn’t kidding, but where the rooms are on the small side, the trains themselves more than make up for- walking alongside before boarding it felt like we were standing next to a jumbo jet! They are HUGE. Double deckered, silver and intimadating. Fantastic! 

 We were greeted by our car steward, shown our room, and asked to wait until the restaurant steward came to take our restaurant booking. Included in the price, we got a dinner and breakfast at the on board restaurant. The mood was good as everyone was discovering their rooms for the first time- as motorhomers, Keith and I found the rooms to be more than big enough. Two nice sized chairs with a big window, that converted into bunk beds, a closet, table, bin, temperature controls, plug socket and complimentary coffee/water. Perfect. Just down for us was the shower and 3 toilets. 

   
 Keith got his shower in early and I made our dinner reservation for 7pm when the steward came round. We went to check out the observation car, which was a fantastic glass roof/sided car with chairs positioned to get maximum viewing enjoyment. Next to this was a bar so we set up stall here for a few hours, enjoying watching the American countryside whizz by. It was very relaxing. 

  
Dinner time came and we enjoyed a top quality meal- a lovely huge slab of juicy steak with jacket potato and sour cream, followed by strawberry cheesecake. Yum.

   
 By now the sun was going down, so we watched the sunset with a glass of scotch before asking our steward to arrange our beds for us. I took the top bunk, and found the security strap hilarious – it reminded me of something from 50 shades.

   
 I wouldn’t say we had the most peaceful nights sleep in the world, however we managed to get some sleep. The rocking of the train was quite gentle although every now and again it would jolt so hard you thought you would fall out! At about 06:00 we decided to get up and have our breakfast- we opted for the Breakfast special which was sausage, eggs, French toast, croissant, strawberries and maple syrup. An interesting mix but it was delicious! Whilst having breakfast we met an interesting American couple who we enjoyed sharing stories with. 

After breakfast we went back to our room and snoozed for an hour or so before arriving at Chicago at a slightly later than scheduled time (2 hours late!) it didn’t matter though, we had survived our first overnight sleeper journey and absolutely loved it! 

   
 

American adventures on Amtrak- Part 3 Washington DC

We’re just waiting at Washington Union Station to board our next Amtrak train, this time taking us to “The Windy City” (Chicago) on an overnight sleeper train service. We are very excited about the prospect of sleeping on a train, fingers crossed we will enjoy it! Our first experience of Amtrak on the journey from NY was good- loads of leg room, comfy seats, free wifi that allowed us to stream Spotify well, plus it ran on time (which we’ve been warned is a rarity!)   

On arrival to our hotel, The Phoenix Park hotel, we were once again treated to a warm welcome.

   
    
 We’ve had 2.5 days in Washington and have had a great time seeing the sights here. Funnily enough, we’ve spent the entire time feeling a sense of de ja vu as there are SO many films that we’ve watched that have been filmed around these streets. It’s been a quieter pace of life and cheaper for drinks and food. Impressively most of the memorials and museums are free to enter, and so our 2 days were spent trying to cram as much in as poss! The transport here is also good, with circular buses running between all the main attractions, plus a service from Union Station, where our hotel is, to Georgetown for $1 pp. 

Highlights:

First view of The White House

  
  
   
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Martin Luther King Memorial   

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Lincoln Monument
   
    
 Iwo Jima

   

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Cheeky unofficial photoshoot “inside the White House” 😉

   
    
 
National Archives  home to The original Declaration of  Independence, Bill of Rights and Constitution

 
National Museum of Air and space (FAB)

   

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  



  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

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   ^The steps where the film The Exorcist was filmed^ 

The Jefferson Memorial

Vietnamese Memorial

National Museum of Native A,erican History 

American adventures on Amtrak- Part 2 New York

We’re just waiting for the porters to collect our bags, Keith’s nipped to the deli next door to get our sandwiches for our journey, as today we depart New York on our next leg of the journey… Travelling to Washington DC on our first Amtrak journey of the trip.

The last 2 days in New York have been a whirlwind of excitement. New York is entirely as you imagine it to be- tall, bright, loud, quirky and exciting. During our two days here I’ve seen more than I have in my entire life! We settled into a pattern of up at 7, coffee then out by 8, exploring on foot and back by 10pm.

 Our highlights:

Times Square at Night

  
 Trip down the Hudson River to see The Statue of Liberty and The Manhattan Skyline on The Circle Line

   
    
 
Walking through Central Park and seeing so many film locations!! 

   
    
    
 
New York Public Library – Ghostbusters/Sex In The City/Breakfast at Tiffanys etc  

 
Serendipity 3 (film Serendipity with John Cusack) and Bloomingdales and the biggest pizza in the world!

   
    
 
Macys

   
 
The High Line

   
    
    
 
Carrie’s Apartment (Sex and The City)

   
 
Washington Park Square 

   
 
Little Italy

   
    
   
China town (including a very bizarre encounter with a park full of Chinese musicians!)

   
    
   
Lobster Rolls at Ed’s Bar

   
   

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American adventures on Amtrak- Part 1, London – New York

Wednesday 5th Aug 

We are currently travelling at 35,000ft above the Atlantic Ocean, somewhere in between UK and USA on the top floor of a Virgin Atlantic Jumbo Jet!  After 18 months of waiting, planning and looking forward to, we are finally on our honeymoon- a trip that will take us from New York to San Fransisco over the period of 3.5 weeks. Most people we have told about this trip have assumed that we will be hiring an RV to make the trip, and this was something that we certainly thought about, but the thought of driving the entire width of America seemed a little bit tiring, so we’ve opted for an organised tour, with Great Rail and will be travelling via train, once we land that is!

   

 In true Keith and Lydia style, we decided to travel to London a day early, in order to do a bit of sightseeing before we headed to the Airport, Wednesday morning. So yesterday, Tuesday, we said our farewells to Jazz, who is staying with my mum and stepdad, and jumped aboard our first of many train journeys- Newark Northgate to London Kings Cross. 

  

The weather was good so we decided to head towards the Shard however, sadly, when we arrived it was midst evacuation (there had been a small oven fire in one of the restaurant kitchens!) so those hopes were dashed. We regrouped at a nearby Thameside pub, and feeling inspired by all the boats travelling up and down the river, decided to take a boat trip to Greenwich Village as neither of us had done that previously. 

  
We walked across Tower Bridge, enjoying watching the bridge lift to let a boat through, and towards Tower Pier, where CityCruises operate from. Whilst booking on to the next departing boat, I showed our National rail tickets and we were given a hefty discount- worth remembering if you ever are down there. The tour itself was fab, the commentary was very amusing and delivered by a broad cockney lad- who made us smile with his anecdotes and stories.    
    
 
Once in Geenwich, we decided to have a quick trip the The National Maritime Museum (free), somewhere that’s been on our list for quite a while. It was a flying visit really, but we enjoyed it nonetheless, particularly the 2nd floor which was home to the Nelson Exhibition, and also had Nelson’s uniform he was wearing when he was killed during the Battle of Trafalgar- you could even see the hole in his jacket that killed him. We took our return journey to the city via boat and once on dry land headed to Covent Garden, where we met for a quick beer with one of a Keith’s oldest friends. Our evening then was spent taking in the street life from a few pubs, rounded off by a curry at our old favourite, The Strand Tandoori. 

   
    
    
  

   We awoke nice and early, super excited that departure day was finally here. We made our way across London to Heathrow ready to meet our Tour Manager, John, at 10:30. 

  
After a quick hello, he assisted us with check in and sent us on our way, until we meet again at JFK. We decided to upgrade our seats to exit doors on the upstairs level, so we got maximum leg room (Keith’s 6ft4 so it’s a nice treat for him) but the main reason was because we couldn’t get any seats together otherwise. We felt it was a worthy upgrade though, it’s so spacious up here- it’s wonderful to be able to stretch out, plus, we are getting served first, AND we are right next to first class, which is great for people watching! So far (3.5hrs in) we are talking about doing the same for the return journey. 

  
I’m a nervous flyer, but the staff at Virgin couldn’t have done more to put me at ease during take off, the steward told me stories to distract me which was so nice of her, and worked a treat (first time in years I’ve not blubbed- Hurrah!) As soon as the seatbelt sign was off, we were asked what we wanted to drink (complementary) and so we’ve enjoyed a couple of gins each along with pretzels, a glass of wine with our tasty in flight meal (bean salad to start, I had chicken curry, K had pulled beef, Gu desert and cheese and crackers) and I’ve just been given a “Fab”- never had an ice lolly on a flight before!! Apparently next up is “afternoon tea”- I’m loving all this food!! 
   

    
    
   
We touched down at JFK on smoothly and on time, and within 45 mins our entire group (30 people) had gone through security, customs, got our bags and we’re headed to the awaiting coach to take us to Manhattan, a 90 min transfer. Our tour manager John, offered interesting commentary along the way and it’s safe to say Keith and I were bubbling with excitement as we saw our first yellow cabs, and yellow school bus, both iconic American sights in our eyes! 

   
 The hotel, The Sheraton Times Square, is A.MAZ.ING! Hands down the poshest place I’ve ever been to, is right in the heart of Broadway/Times Sq. We were treated to a bottle of complementary fizz and chocolate covered strawberries as we are on our our honeymoon, which we necked giddily, before a quick shower and a wander up to see the sights of Times Square, along with a hotdaaaaaawg and a couple of drinks, in a cool Havana bar then an Italian wine bar/piano bar where we met a musician off Broadway who we chatted to for a while. Keith requested Billy Joel’s New York State of mind and the live pianist nailed it. Absolutely awesome. We crawled back to the hotel for a nightcap, 22 hours after waking up in London, high on excitement and absolutely loving NYC 

  

   
   

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  
  

 

Until next time

Lx   

Jimmy’s Sausage and Beer Festival 2015

Bluebell the motorhome is having a little rest back at home. She’s been a festival van this weekend – providing us with a warm and dry bed whilst we enjoyed ourselves at Saturday’s Jimmy’s Festival

We booked the tickets for Saturday back in May, when we saw that Chas and Dave were billed for Saturday night- a bargain at £17.50 each we felt. Sadly the camping tickets had already sold out, so we found the closest Caravan Club CL, Rookery Farm, which was 3.5 miles away and only a mere £6 per night (no electric), booked that, and we’re all set. 

Fast forward to Last week, and we were keeping one eye on the weather. Our original plan was to go to Rookery Farm on Fri, and have a cycle around nearby Alton Water. But the weather gods had other plans… come Thursday, we made the decision to cancel our Friday night booking, and see out the torrential weather warning from the comfort of our sofa, instead traveling down to Ipswich first thing Saturday morning. Taxis were booked (more on those later) and we arrived at Rookery Farm in merry spirits as the rain was clearing, and we were set for sunshine! 

    
 We experienced a minor set back when we were waiting for our pre booked 11:45 cab by the side of the busy A road. It had gone 12:30, several unhelpful and downright rude (not from my end) phone calls to the taxi company and still no sign of our vehicle, so we decided to walk. A mile down the road, we noticed our cab about to whizz by and managed to flag him down. No apology from the cab driver as to why he was over an hour late and he promptly drove us a mile down the road, before arriving in a traffic jam, where he says you may as well get out here, it’s a mile to the entrance and its queuing the whole way. Fine we say, so we agree to jump out, and he attempts to charge us £9! For a mile journey that was over an hour late with no apology…. Er, right. Keith immediately says to taxi man, we are not paying you that, you were significantly late, you haven’t apologised and you haven’t done anywhere near the whole journey! Long story short, we end up paying him a fiver, and finish by saying to him, if you’d have just have apologised for the delay, and kept us updated then we would have payed you the full fare. 

So, we arrive, and it’s fair to say that our spirits aren’t that high. We manage to find the beer tent as a matter of urgency, and our spirits begin to be lifted, the choice of beer was fantastic. Heaps of Adnams, Woodfordes, Aspall not to mention all the craft beer too. Then we start smelling the meat cooking, there are loads of stalls, selling sausages, pulled pork, burgers, you name it. It’s not long before we start to feel less stressed.

   
   
  
We decided to do a circuit of the food stalls, and make our way for the acoustic tent, being kid-i-less we didn’t fancy the C Beebies man on the main stage doing the hokey kokey. 🙂 We listened to Louise Rene whilst having a Suffolk Pasty and a pint. She was great.  

    
 We did a few more circuits of the site before taking our chairs down to the main stage and settling in. We didn’t think much of the first couple of acts on the Main stage (they weren’t our cup of tea), but were happy enough sat chilling, drinking and eating, and by now the sun had come out again!    

    
 We enjoyed listening to local band The Nik Lowe band, but our highlights were Sonya Titus, the fabulous Ben Waters Band, who in our opinion rivalled Jools Holland, and don’t get me started on his 14yr old son, also in the band on sax, who absolutely BLEW ME AWAY, and of course Chas and Dave, who despite some sound issues at the start, were brilliant. 

   

    
    
    
   
We enjoyed what we saw of Toploader, but decided to leave early in the hope we would get our taxi without the headaches for 10,000 people leaving at the same time. To put it bluntly, the taxi situation was a nightmare. All pre booked cabs, including ours, had been cancelled and there was an hour and a half wait for a cab. It was chaos, and the stewards were understandably fuming at the local cab companies. We ended up having to walk back, which was less than ideal- a 3.5 mile walk in the pitch black along a busy A road with no path. Luckily, Keith’s years of watching movies came in handy- he took the role of a Navy Seal and managed to deliver the package (me and Jazz!) safely back to Bluebell the motorhome. 

All in all, a brilliant day though, and I’d definately recommend Jimmy’s festival to those wanting a lower key/family/dog friendly festival. Next year hopefully we can get camping tickets, as for us the local cab companies didn’t, but could have, let the whole thing down. 

   
   
*if you’re ever in Ipswich area AVOID Hawks Express Cabs*

Cycling The Bure Valley Way, Norfolk

A few days ago, we found ourselves with a unexpectedly free day, which happened to be sunny- Hurrah! Since our last trip, which saw us cycling along The Marriott’s Way, we’ve been on the hunt for other local traffic free cycle trails to go onto our list of places to go. It wasn’t long before we found The Bure Valley Way, a cycle/foot path that follows the 15 inch Narrow gauge railway that runs 9 miles between Aylsham and Wroxham. A quick Caravan Club search ensued and we were on the phone to Heath Farm CL in Buxton, exactly half way along the Bure Valley. Perfect.

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Buxton is less than an hour from us so we were up and on the road and pitched up by 11:00. The site was really pretty, with fields surrounding it. Be warned- it’s a very basic CL, offering 2 stand alone water pipes, electric, chemical loo point and a toilet and shower (although it was a very basic one, we chose to use our own facilities on board!)- but the price was remarkable – just a mere £9 per night!! What bargain and really, what more does one need?!

Keith’s agenda for the day was to be able to test his new bit of kit, his Memory Map Adventurer 3000 GPS (currently on sale). We’ve had the old version for 5 years now and it has successfully prevented navigational arguments guided us ever since, until someone dropped it *ahem* and the screen COMPLETLY smashed in!!

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Once set up, it was soon off on the bikes. Heath Farm campsite was only 1 mile outside of Buxton and we used the memory map to guide us down a very tiny back road into the pretty village and onto the Bure Valley Way. There is a small path that follows beside the train line for the whole 9 miles.

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We chose to head towards Wroxham first seeing as the sun was only set to be out until lunchtime before it was supposed to cloud over. It was about 5 miles and we were passed by several small steam trains – it was a lovely sight.

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Wroxham is a largish village on the Norfolk Broads and has everything from a supermarket to Kebab shop, tourist info to fishing tackle shop, and most importantly, what we were after… a nice pub with area to sit out overlooking the river.

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After a pint each and a chance to catch our breath, we ate our packed lunch and then, after a quick look round Wroxham Signal Box were back onto our bikes for the return leg – this time to the other end of the line to Aylsham.

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It took us just under an hour to cycle the 9 miles, and we rewarded ourselves with a nice ice cold can of coke from Tescos and some Ben and Jerry’s to take back to Bluebell’s freezer for pudding!

We doubled back on ourselves the 3 miles back to Buxton station where we were to leave the trail and head back to our campsite, passing numerous train spotters that we had seen earlier on! During our cycle, we were passed by probably 10 trains, all in wonderful condition, and with lots of passengers on board. I think there were some visiting engines from another railway also running that day. Hearing them choo chooing along the railway was a lovely experience.

We headed back to Bluebell (*Memory map informed us we had cycled 21 miles!) and enjoyed a really lazy evening and following morning, just what we needed with it being the end of term, we are frankly frazzled. The campsite owner was very easy going, he told us there was no hurry to leave, so we enjoyed a lay in and fry up, before packing up and heading the short journey home. Definitely would return, and do the cycle to Wroxham again – but next time, would leave the packed lunch and enjoy fish and chips instead!!

Until Next time

Lx

Adventures On American Amtrak

In less than 4 weeks, Keith and I will be embarking on the trip of a lifetime!! We will be travelling from New York City to San Fransisco over 3.5 weeks. Everyone we have told so far have assumed that we will be travelling in an R.V, but actually, we are travelling on the American Amtrak overnighter trains!! We are taking an organised tour and have booked with Great Rail on their USA Coast to Coast tour, opting for the trip extension to Yosemite National Park to conclude the holiday. Here’s our route (not including Yosemite at the end)

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We leave Heathrow on Aug 5th and will be aiming to blog along the way, mainly so we’ve got a way to remember everything we have done- but hopefully someone out there will enjoy following our adventures too- so I’ve set up a new page on our Adventures in A Motorhome site, called “Adventures On American Amtrak”, which hopefully should update as and when we find time to write. Not strictly motorhome related, I know, but we will still be on wheels, and having looked at this video of what our sleeper car on The Amtrak train will be like, we can see many similarities between our usual holiday home aka Bluebell the Motorhome and the sleeper car!!

Until Next Time,

Lx