I love stopping off at close to the Stainmore Summit just off the A66 at it’s highish point and gearing up!
That’s me now up in Scotland. Set off from Little Bytham just after 1:00pm and got to Killearn around 8:30pm. So made it up, just before it got fully dark. Was very good driving weather. Rain stayed off and the roads were dry. Was a bit windy going over the top of the A66, then that’s just about always the case.
Here are some photos from my favorite section of the journey, which is the A66 going over the Pennines.
I can’t believe just how good the weather was during the drive up to Killearn today. It was so nice, I had about had the sunroof fully open the whole time.
So good weather also made, me stop a lot and take photos of photos. I took 45 in total. You can check out a small selection of them below.
Driving over the A66
The first four photos are taken while driving over the A66, which is one of my favourite roads in the UK.
B7076 (NCR 74)
The next photos are taken along the B7076, which runs along mainly next to the A74(M). I use this road, mainly to get me off the motorway for a while. Also love this road, since I used it while doing the End to End cycle back in August 2009. Since National Cycle Route 74 (NCR 74) follows the road.
That’s me in Scotland! Think I picked the right day to drive up. If tomorrows weather is anything to go by! Did see some snow while going over the A66 and was a bit windy at times. But over all the weather was good. It also pissed it done at times. But nothing that really slowed me down.
Here is a photo, just to show it was really snowing at the top of the A66.
This may end up being the most boring ever video I have posted. I filmed the whole of the A66 section of the journey back from Scotland. I started the filming just outside of Penrith to the Scotch Corner service station.
If people do like this, I may film other journeys like the drive to and from work for example.
Today I had the fun job of driving my car all 321 miles back down to Little Bytham. The journey started at 9:15am when I set off, from my parents house in Killearn. I left at that time to make sure that I missed the rush hour in Glasgow City centre and also on the M8. Which is busy at the best of times and would be hell on earth at rush hour.
I was glad when I had got the motorway section around Glasgow out of the way. I joined the M8 motorway at junction 16. I stayed on the M8 for about 8 miles. Before joining the M73, then I stayed on M73 for about 2 miles before joining the A74(M).
I stayed on the A74(M) all the way to Gretna Green service station. Where I stopped at 11:00am (100 miles into the journey) to get a drink, something to eat and text my Mum and Dad to keep them updated, on how my journey was going to far. I was only at the service station for about 10 minutes, before getting on my way again.
Just after leaving Gretna Green you go over the bother and into England. Then the A74(M) goes down to the A74 which is not a nice section of road at all, because it’s only dual carriageway. But lucky it’s only like that was about 6 miles. Before it becomes motorway again and your on the M6.
I then stayed on the M6 till junction 40, which is just passed Penrith. Then I joined the A66 which is a great road that goes over the top of the Pennines. I really like the A66 before you get very really great views from it, on a clear day, which lucky it was. Most of the A66 was clear from any holdups. There was one section that had some roadwork’s, but lucky it only added about 15 minutes to the journey.
I was happy when I had cleared the A66 section of the journey and was safely at the service station at Scotch Corner. I got there at 12:45pm (181 miles into the journey). While I was there, I texted my parents again, while to the loo, had more to drink. And also filled my car up with fuel to make sure that I did could do the rest of the journey, without running out.
Once I left the service station. I joined the A1 which I would stay on for 135 miles. Before coming off at Morkery Lane then onto Little Bytham and home.
So over all it was a very good journey. In total it was 322 miles and I got to Little Bytham at 3:25pm.