Visiting Chris

Trip Start Oct 03, 2005
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Trip End Oct 03, 2006


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Friday, January 20, 2006

Caught a Megabus up to Scotch Corner (nowhere, about 15min from Catterick Garrison). Megabus is great, they make a two and a half hour journey take almost twice that time. From Scotch Corner, we tried to catch a local bus to Darlington but were set straight, turned around and caught a local bus to Catterick.
Chris lives behind razor-wire in Officers accommodation, but any attempt to describe his life there more fully should be left to Chris, who has already produced a life-best email account of it. Sorry for 90% of our readers who either don't know Chris or don't care, but it was the funniest email I think I've ever read.
Anyway, even though we weren't supposed to, we stayed with Chris in his gigantic 1-room apartment, ate at the mess, drank at the mess, wore out the billiards table at the mess, used the communal shower and toilet facilities at the mess, and was referred to as 'Sir' by Shirley who works at the mess.
After a brief tour of all Catterick had to offer we decided that it was best to go somewhere else. Actually this was always the plan, but why let plans get in the way of a good rubbishing. Chris had organised a hire care for the weekend and so on Saturday we headed out to the Yorkshire Dales National Park for some country driving and English style hiking. The National Park was something I wasn't really prepared for. In general, American National Parks allow more development on their sites than Australian ones. In English National Parks, development started many centuries before the concept of a National Park and as such they are largely made up of lots of private holdings (usually farms). Despite none of us having hiking boots (as everybody else seemed to), we managed to complete our walk without getting too muddy. Climbing up the waterfall was good.
Saturday Night doo-doo-doo-do-doo-doo-doo-doo-do-doo was a traditional pub meal once we found the pub. Except for Pete, who had to swim against the tide and ordered a curry.
Sunday was something different again, and we headed north to see Hadrian's Wall. A big fortified wall, built a long time ago by the Romans to keep the Scots in Scotland. Kate made a pilgrimage of sorts to Sycamore Gap (a tree near a gap in the wall - original) that featured in the cinematic classic "Robin Hood Prince of Thieves".
Monday saw us head back to London after a great weekend. It was good to see Chris again and "to see beautiful English countryside".
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