Down South – crazy roads and memories.

It was a long drive down South to Henley – the motorways were so busy especially the M6 &  M5,  I usually drive at night but this was the daytime and scary! I suppose a Bank Holiday starts this weekend that is why it was busy – but how many more cars can they get on the motorway?  cameras are everywhere lots of memories of that M5 /M6 when I was at Innsworth how I hated it and missed Scotland so much. The space and peace and quite and even the midges! There were plenty of wind-turbines on the way down, lots in the borders and getting more very time I travel, a sign of the times?  You pass so many familiar places and the Borders are so beautiful and I place where I started my wanders in the mountains. The views were so different then!

Lockerbie Bomb

wind turbines on the Lammermuir hills

I cannot pass Lockerbie without memories of that crazy night in December 1988 when I drove alone down the Closed M74 with my dog to catch the RAF Leuchars Mountain Rescue Team, I had a Police escort even though the road was clear. There was debris on the road and the fires were raging. “Welcome to hell” and it was. I have only been back twice once for the big debrief and the other on my own to the cemetery to the memorial it took over 20 years  to go back. I always find it a hard place to pass and not have a few thoughts. Man’s inhumanity to man! It took a while to get it out of my mind but after a  coffee and a break it  was a good journey down.

I arrived at Henley after a long hot journey,parked I looked up and saw Lexi and Yvette waving out of the window. Ten minutes with  Lexi showing me her toys and crazy acrobatics cheered me up so much, it was all fun again. Life can be so different.


About heavywhalley.MBE

Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer when body slows, loves the wild places.
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