17.10.2012 11 °C
Neil went with Kate this morning to pick up the rental car. He was not pleased with the colour! It is a shade of purple. But it is very comfortable and we were able to fit our suitcases in after we folded down the back seat. It is small! With the help of the GPS we made our way northwards to Chester. Tomorrow we will go to Preston where we will find the Razor factory. The Razor is a small, 3 wheeled car that has captured Neil's imagination. You can assemble the car yourself as it comes in a kit. If you are curious about it, Google Razor and you will find lots of pictures of it. The reason we came this far north is to see and touch the Razor. Neil has been looking at those pictures on-line for months! The GPS has been very useful and has not led us astray. The one problem we experienced was when the turn off, for the street where our hotel is situated, was blocked due to construction! This led to some blue air in the car and some dead ends until we saw a sign that indicated an alternate route to City Street. We are staying the Westminster Hotel which was built in 1881. It is now run by Best Western. This is bar none the tiniest hotel room in which I have ever stayed! Barely enough room for the bed and a desk. It is clean and smells good and we do have a window that opens. It is in the centre of the city and close to the historic sites. The WiFi is free and accessible from our room. Thank goodness for small mercies. (I had to trot down to the lobby in our hotel in Montecatini every night to post my blog.) We had a satisfying and very reasonably priced meal at the pub next door and that included beer for Neil and wine for me for 10.00 pounds. That's about $15.00Cdn. Our hotel room price includes a buffet breakfast in the morning. Along the major highways here in England they have rest stops that include a gas station and a number of other stores in a kind of mini mall. They also have free WiFi in these places and I was able to book our hotel room as we were on route. We had no idea how long it would take us to get to Chester and so when it looked as if we were going to make it here, we booked our hotel. What would we do without our technology??? Neil and I would be lost without the GPS. That I know for sure because I find it impossible to read a map while the car is moving - motion sickness!