Life at the end of the road

August 26, 2020

Broxden (where it all started)

Filed under: daily doings, Discovery, Land Rover — Tags: — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:02 pm

Like a fish out of water me, I feel like a boodly alien down here, everywhere but the hotel room and Lidl is strange to me. The bedroom in the Travelodge is like every hotel room I’ve ever stopped in and Lidl well that’s just like every other one I’ve ever visited only I walked a mile or so to it from the Broxden services near Perth. Well at least I never had the usual shopping trolley dilemma I encounter on arriving at a Lidl or Aldi, you know the one, do I get a big trolley or little one? get the American sized one and I’m tempted to fill it, get the mini one and I do fill it, to the brim and over Sad smile Well cos I was walking there and it was all uphill on the way back to the hotel it was just dried fruits, nuts and black olives I came away with rather than several trays of tinned tomatoes and boxes of muesli.

It’s not even 200miles from Arnish to Perth and I guess I’d have done the return journey in the day not so many years ago but nowadays I gotta psyche myself to drive to Portree or Inverness in the same day, let alone Perth. Well, I made it with that whopping great ‘tiltbed’ trailer and without incident, barely wincing when I passed the new section of crash barrier on the A9 at Pitlochry. That’ll be the crash barrier I sat the last Disco on several moths ago, the last time I came down here Sad smile

Disco 2

I was heading south to see my son in Edinburgh but was also hoping to call and see my Land Rover on the way. That all when ‘tits up’ when I wrote my first Disco off Sad smile Still, it all worked out fine and no one got hurt.

That’s it, I found my way down here without the ‘prat nav’, my hardest task being finding a boodly parking space for my stead and it’s trailer.

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That needed about as much room as a small articulated truck. Luckily, there was such a spot near to the Travelodge I’d booked into and my outfit was soon camouflaged with McDonald’s detritus from the ‘Golden Arches’ next door.

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The last time I was in this very spot was in March 2018 after dropping off my trusty old Land Rover for it’s ‘six week’ job at Tayside Land Rover two and a half years ago!

Well, having just received an email from Matthew Webster of Tayside telling me it’s ready or at least it will be by 9:30 in the morning Smile Smile Smile I’d better get some sleep, I can’t wait.


  1. Oh Paul you sound a bit off, think you reach an age where these lone trips become tedious as opposed to exciting, shame. Hey the Landie might be fixed-up right good or “Restored” as they say. ” Hair-Tonic Restorer” & “Pile-fixer”
    Hope it all goes swell tomorrow, thinking of you & sending wee vibes xx all good man

    Comment by alasdair Lowe — August 26, 2020 @ 9:41 pm

    • Aye Alasdair, methinks I reached that age a long time ago. Hey, not like you, off to feckin Sidmouth for the the afternoon to buy a canoe, rib or motorbike 🙂 Thanks for the ‘vibes’ Pal, I feel better already 🙂 XP

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 26, 2020 @ 10:08 pm

  2. Fingers crossed Paul 🙂

    Comment by 63ian — August 27, 2020 @ 8:22 am

  3. In the manner of the best thriller writers, you leave us hanging on the next episode.

    Comment by cazinatutu — August 27, 2020 @ 8:15 pm

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