This one is for mush – thanks for the prompt to finish up my last blog entry.
I finally found a car to buy after over a year without one. A rather sporty Mondeo diesel estate. Only problem is, it was not all it appeared to be or was reported to be on ebay. Seems that england is now full of dishonest foreigners so beware.
Anyway, i have started the preparations in full for the next road trip but am amazed at how much it costs to prepare a surf bus for a trip
First, there’s the car. Important to have a diesel estate with roof bars. Bonus points for left hand drive, air con, cruise control and an automatic box. Add insurance with full european breakdown (the sensible option).
then you need, warning triangles (2 for spain) flourescent jackets (1 for each occupant), spare bulb kit, first aid kit, beam benders, GB sticker, roof bars, foam for roof bars, straps to hold down your boards.
As a treat (well an essential treat) the parrot blue tooth system with phone and iPod capabilities, additional driver on the insurance to help with the trip.
So now we are ready to roll. I did road test the car with a surf board on it just to make sure i would get no nasty surprises and all is good. The date is set, Sunday 4th July (that’ll be colins birthday and american independence day – fuck yeah!).
I am trying to talk colin and dean into doing a basic scuba diving course with me when we get home – i know they will enjoy it and will be talking to Divers Cape a little later today to find out the details. Will be a good fill in between the surf missions. Surfing will be fun too – i havent done anything in ages, except my little effort in Antigua a few months ago but all i achieved from that was a munted board. I am fully intending to get back into the swing of things as quickly as possible and surf the summer away.
I even managed to find a retro kind of style pair of shorts in TK Maxx – i was amazed. I did check Hawaii for another pair of Jams, but they just dont do them any more – I like retro! Seems the chicks can still get them but not the dudes www.surflinehawaii.com
I even managed to find my favourite Hawaiian Tropics tanning oil in Boots – far out man!
It soon mounted up and all in all i would think that i have knocked a big hole in 6 grand !!
For the rest of this week, i intend to do not a lot. At the weekend i have to head for southampton and am looking forward to my week long training session at warsash maritime academy, then after that, back to Drugby for a week before the road trip begins.
I have been surprised at the amount of people i have managed to bump into while back in blighty – in no particular order !!!
Vanda Cowley – went to see her at work
Chris Hinett – spotted at traffic lights from the footpath
Darren King – with chris above
Katherine Toll – surprised me by calling out my name as i passed her in the street – havent seen her for at least 28 years
Jason & Lisa Oliver – passed them in the street and double parked to say hello
Pecker – AKA Anthony Woodward/Makepeace, havent seen him for at least 10 years
Ralph – goes without saying
Mandy Vennard – that red haired Vixen !!
Rupert Yates – loved up but still bitches like a queen
Deano – should really get married to Rupert
Angela Horley – without a doubt the sexiest 4th year i never asked out !
But of course the best is yet to come. Georgia’s 16th Birthday party where the whole gang will be together.
Lastly, i bought a lottery ticket last week – and won a tenner !! anybody like to have dinner with a lottery winner ?????