Yesterday we drove to Sleaford and filled up with auto-gas and diesel and then went to the Mountain Transport depot to use the public weighbridge. Our previous post tells of how we got on and we have payload to spare.
The THS is on a rugby pitch and by the time we arrived there were several spaces on the flat ground. The steward showed us to a pitch and we were nearly level. In fact I tried the ramps and we were worse, mainly because we were set up on some slightly raised ground. The ramps were packed away and the next hour was spent setting up, including the gazebo.
Someone had stolen the sun this morning so we did our jobs and walked into York along the river. We did a bit of tourist sightseeing around the Cathedral and the remains of the old monastery. In the centre of the city there was loud music, so intrigued we walked further and found a Big Band playing, they were a swing band based in Doncaster and they were called EKS Big Band. We listened to them play three or four tunes. Sue nearly bought a cd.
We continued drifting around the city, we walked down the Shambles which is a well known medieval street and a Mecca for tourists. There was a market so we wandered around that, I nearly bought another hat to replace the one that is a little small. In the end we didn’t buy anything and joined the tourists walking towards the Minister. Alongside the Minister was a pop up bar in a tee pee with a steak grill come bar-b-que.
|Constantine the Great|
|The War Memorial|
We left the Minister and headed to another park where some men were showing birds of prey, for £3 you could hold one of the birds, it was very popular and there was a group of school children queuing to have a go. We left them and walked past the museum but we made a decision to visit it when the weather was not so good.
After leaving the museum we walked around the remains of a monastery that had very ornate stonework on the walls that were still standing. We continued on our walk and ended up near to where we started, there was a convenient Sainsbury’s so we got some more beer and some dark fruit cider to top up the fridge. The Dark Fruit cider is very pleasant but I have lost it to Sue.
The site is nearly full now and we are going to spend most of the day around the van, tomorrow is forecast to be a bit cooler so we may walk into the city again.
The sky became a bit cloudy so we went for a walk along the floodbank and somehow came across a church. However when we got to it the Church had been converted to a NHS orthopaedic centre. We continued past the ‘church’ and eventually found the floodbank and the cycle path back to the campsite.
With only 4000 steps on the pedometer we continued towards York, once we reached the river we followed it away from the city and then cut back across the flood plain and home. 7000 steps achieved we sat down to relax but by now the sun had gone and was replaced with thick cloud, but it was still warm.
We walked into the city but it was heaving with people so we walked through the park to the river and then walked home along the cycle way. Once back at the van we had lunch and read, ducking in and out of the gazebo as the heat increased. At 4.00pm the sky clouded but it remained very hot.
We will put this venue on our list for next year.