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Weston to wet and windy Wales

After seeing Jaxx in Truro, on 22 July we drove the 150 miles or so to the seaside town of Weston-Super-Mare. We'd originally booked into the Premier Inn on the seafront but they cancelled on us, as they were not yet ready to reopen, so instead we opted for the old favourite, another accessible room for £45 at the new Weston-super-Mare Travelodge. This one is not on the seafront but has a pub with a playground on the same site and is next to the Helicopter Museum (closed when we were there due to Covid-19 but it has since re-opened on 27 July). We drove to the beach and had a long walk along it to the pier and back. The entire stretch is 2 miles. Weson-super-Mare was a good stop off point for us logistically, but I can't say I was overwhelmed and would be rushing back.

The following day, 23 July, we drove the relatively short 67 miles (about an hour and a half) to Wales. I had the words "welcome to God's country" ringing in my ears as we went over the bridge. Unfortunately, this was the one day we didn't have luck with the weather but it certainly didn't stop us enjoying ourselves at Barry Island, made famous of late by the TV series Gavin and Stacey! We parked up and dresses were exchanged for leggings, jumpers and raincoats and with Tiger on my back we had a chuckle at the fun fair - in full swing despite the absolutely torrential rain. We had a run about on the sand, what a difference to Newquay (!), tried to escape the rain by going into a pub but in contrast to England, Wales' pubs are not fully open until August, and we finished it off with a windy walk over the cliffs!


Our room for the night was the Premier Inn Barry Island (Cardiff Airport), another bargain for £34.50 and Tiger once again enjoyed her bath.

We broke our journey home via my sister Suzanne and nieces Greta and Nancy in Bath. And... phew the road trip in our new VW Golf was complete. All 720 miles of it!




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