We have come down to visit the husbands parents and have a family BBQ tomorrow. Due to a few different reasons we could only come Friday and Saturday night and the husband had to work Friday, so although he left work early, it was late to start driving We are going back tomorrow early evening.
It is a long way down and our trip yesterday was not fun. I picked the husband up in the middle of Edinburgh just before 3pm and we set off. We took the A1, all was going well until Newcastle where the sat nav thing decided to start telling us about lots of traffic up ahead. It tired to plot a different route but it was rush hour and everywhere was busy, it was also pouring with rain. Not fun!
We rang his parents and mentioned that we might turn back, they seemed very disappointed and we both felt bad. So we tried a different route and thought we would stop very soon for dinner and maybe avoid the worst of the traffic. We went on the A68 to bypass the A1, it was a bit of a mistake. All was okay but the rain was still coming down in buckets and there were small rivers in the road in places. We came across a bit of traffic and they were all in line to get through a flood, not that high but a bit of a worry, well for me anyway. We got through okay but very quickly came across an even bigger line of traffic with a police car at the front. I got out and got my raincoat on to see what was going on. It was a really big flood and people had just kept driving through in both directions, the bow wave from each direction had eventually caused water to get into engines and the cars to break down in the middle of the flood. At least one was still stuck there. There was a poor woman in the police car sitting with the door open taking her boots off and pouring the water out.
They started to let people past and we set off. We followed a good distance behind the car in front but the one in front of him broke down. We were a bit behind and in the middle of the flood but still moving, the broken down car was almost out. The man started to push and we came up behind the car in front which by now was stationary towards the edge of the floor. Being a helpful person I said to the husband, 'I will get my coat on and go and help push', it was then he pointed out to me that we were still in a foot of water, so I sat tight. Some other people from the other side, who had not yet entered the flood helped the man push his car out of the way. We managed to get going and again and got out the flood.
I am not good at things like this and was in a bit of a panic that there would be more floods and as it was still raining they would be worse. However we did not see anything as bad again. We did stop for some dinner and it was really nice. There was also a very sweet black cat in the car park that the people said was feral but they were looking after her.
I said sorry to the husband for taking us in such a silly route and he told me he had quite enjoyed it, far more interesting than the A1 sitting in traffic. Men!
We set off and still had a long way to go. After that the going was very good and we arrived at just after midnight. However it had been a long evening and we had taken 9 hours. I hope the trip back tomorrow is quicker but we are not leaving until 5pm ish so it will be another long day.