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steve
Jun-12-2005 @ 7:09 PM                           Permalink
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hi all,
now the holiday season is upon us ,we'll all be now travelling there and back to the broads ,so i thought what do you take on these journies to keep everyone happy ? be it by car or train .
we take drinks and sweets with us to keep us refreshed and few little toys for the littlen ,
so what else can you come up with ?
cheers

steve and vicky

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well mate
any one can call in to Kings lynn and stop for a break with us for a refresh we are in the  sos list.
cos the roads in our county leave a lot to be desired.,

roya

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Our chap sets up a "camp" on the back seat, with a mountain of books (I-Spy are good), tapes and CDs.

But we all enjoy "audio books" - the miles drift away with Just William on the CD player.

Sweet input is controlled by Eddie Stobart: one sweet per lorry viewed. We also have a concept of the "Eddie Stobart Bank" - where excess sightings can be put into the bank for redemption later (this leads to complex negotiaions on the current balance , which can last for several miles.)

We have a deal on "Are we nearly there yet" (and variations.) I allow a set number (fiveish) - if the number is exceeded, then either I or the questioner will spend the rest of the day sitting on the hard shoulder of the M11.

We take a break at Birchanger - though I was alarmed when I stopped in there (alone) last week and there were no jam doughnuts. This might cause a problem next time we arrive en masse.

It makes sense to involve small people in the navigation, though there was one time when that went wrong for us:
"What road is this?"
"The M11"
"What is the next road?"
"The M25"
Sign says, "Major delays on M25, even worse than the major delays that there usually are, don't even think of going there."
"What road is this?"
"The North Circular."
"What's the next road?"
"The M4, then the M25."
Major traffic jams.
"What road is this... the M25?"
"No..The A31..er..something"
"What's the next road?"
"The M3."
"Dad... why are we on the M25?"
"Ah, well, there was this problem in Bedfont."

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Jun-12-2005 @ 11:44 PM                           Permalink
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We've always taken the train, about 1 1/2 hours from liverpool street to wroxham, about 80 quid return for 4.

Always clean and on-time, it does restrict you on how much you can take with you, but that can be a good thing.

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Blimey, which train is that?  I thought the fastest Liv St. - Norwich was about 1hr 40; Wroxham depends on connection time at Norwich, there are no through trains from London...

It's a good way to arrive if your kids have read Coot Club though!

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Richard now he's so old  Evil Grin  is probably thinking pre-Beeching with the through trains to Cromer and Gt. Yarmouth, leap out at Thorpe station and watch the other 'Britainia' Loco being hitched onto the other end of the train then rush back to your carriage least it pulls out again before you got back in.

Never could understand why Ransome in the books claimed that Horning had a station Wroxham (and Stalham in the old days) yes, but not Horning.  

I could have sworn the book said turn right at the yellow marker at Yarmouth. I think that was coming the other way! Bill...

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As it happens, there are still through trains to Yarmouth (one each way on weekdays), and although it's not a Brit any more, you can still jump out and watch the new loco being dropped on at Norwich...

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My memory is that Dick and Dot arrive in Norwich (where they meet Tom,) then travel to Wroxham. A "local boatman" takes them by river to Horning.
That section of the book is excellent, as it gives quite a good description of Wroxham and Horning at that time.
I don't remember reference to a station at Horning.
(But I seem to remember a reference to Roys in Horning..)

I'd go and check the book, but might be accused of being an anorak.

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Roy's is OK because they had a branch in horning started in Coltishall of course.

I could have sworn the book said turn right at the yellow marker at Yarmouth. I think that was coming the other way! Bill...

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Why do I get the funny feeling that when he is next asked to be navigate you to Yarmouth you are going to find yourself looking at the ramp on the Isle of Wight ferry Evil Grin

I could have sworn the book said turn right at the yellow marker at Yarmouth. I think that was coming the other way! Bill...

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