Stone to Barmouth

Trip Start Sep 13, 2007
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Thursday, September 13, 2007

Once Lavern had made her way back home it was time to load her up. I was a little bit concerned whether all my stuff would fit inside the boot. As big as it is litres wise it is low which means bulkier items won't fit. I was happily surprised and everything I wished to take with me fit snugly in.
 
The journey itself was low key. Although I didn't manage to go completely wrong and travel through Ellesmere. Not a big mistake but for a while I contemplated stopping and looking on the map. I trudged, or rather cruised on, and eventually got somewhere I recognised.
 
As the journey continued, my confidence with the big V6 grew. I started throwing her into a few corners and tried to keep tight to the bends. Doing this sort of thing with Fenella was what she was designed for but not the rather larger Coupe. Fortunately the designers had obviously realised people like me drive cars properly and had made sure it's sporting pretensions were covered. I do think the lowered suspension helped though and I could not help thinking a normal Coupe would suffer from body roll.
 
Some people have derided the Coupe as being slow. I shall now disprove this by describing the highlight of the drive. For a few miles, but what seemed thousands, I had been trapped behind an old couple in a Honda Jazz. To ensure my revs and fuel consumption was low I was cruising in 6th. This is something unique to me as 6th gear has been a dream for a few years! When my opportunity presented itself I put my foot down and with an almighty growl I raced passed the Jazz. Glancing down at my dials I can confirm I was doing 80mph at 3000 rpm. Think about that for the moment. The rev limiter is set at 7000 rpm so how fast does this car actually go?!
 
Eventually I arrived at the caravan and the dogs went predictably mental. My parents commented how lovely Lavern looks riding down the lane. She is a very handsome vehicle, no doubt about it. Shame I still don't know how to use the stereo!
 
However best driving music of the day was: Sibelius - The Swan of Tuonela. I think Lavern likes classical music, rather than the raucous taste of Fenella.
 
In the evening we had a meal at the Victoria in Llanbedr. It's a pub with a hotel and the service is a little mixed, perhaps below average. The food is lovely though and the lamb shank in red current gravy always puts a smile on your face.
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