At one stage, the traffic started to flow again and we thought it was all over, only to come to another halt about half a mile further on. Altogether, we lost about 70 minutes! (We surmise that the hold up was due to a truck breaking down or perhaps being involved in an accident — by the time we passed the blocked lane, there wasn’t much to see — just a truck and some workers in high visibility vests.
Despite feeling the urge to go to the toilet, we pushed on for another hour so that we were at least over half way before interrupting our journey. We pulled off at a ‘service centre’ which consisted of a number of fast food and coffee shops, as well as toilets and a petrol station. After a quick decaf soy cappuccino for me and some KFC chicken wings and Subway hash browns for Michael, we continued on our way.
The traffic slowed down again near the cities of Leicester and Leeds — we were now driving in peak hour traffic — but at least we kept on moving this time. Eventually, TomTom took us off the main roads and on to some very narrow roads — thankfully, we didn’t meet any oncoming cars when the road was at its narrowest! We don’t know why TomTom chooses particular routes, but we are sure this one wasn’t the main way to get to Haworth.
Before reaching our destination, we stopped at a Tesco supermarket to buy some supplies for tea — a baguette, tomatoes, wine, etc., further delaying our arrival time.
After showing us our room and explaining how to turn on the hot water for a shower, we took our dinner supplies downstairs to the dining area where Brendan had left us some wine glasses, plates and knives. He had also put some soy milk in the small fridge for me to use. You couldn’t ask for better hospitality!
Although it looked like a pleasant evening outside, with the sun still shining low in the sky, I chose to work on my blog from the day before whilst Michael opted for an early night. Perhaps we should have taken advantage of the fine weather and gone for a walk. The forecast for the next day was rain, rain, rain!