I am going to take a little break from documenting our summer road trip to share with my faithful readers this lovely event that took place this weekend at Stratford Upon Avon, Warwickshire, England.
We were cordially invited to attend this event by the motorhome365/motorhomefun community, which we joined online earlier this year, and we had been looking forward to it even since we got the tickets a few months ago and it certainly didn’t disappoint.
This is a major national outdoor show for all kinds of alternative travel and holidays, including motorbikes, 4x4s, trucks, unimogs, RVs and any other type of vehicle you can think of. I was awe-struck by the multitude of innovative design and imagination gone into producing these magnificent and cool methods of transport for just about any kind of need. It really is a case of ‘any which way you can’ to make your dream holiday/trip/adventure/trek a reality: if it had wheels, it was there. I had never seen anything like it and, once again, my camera was working overtime trying to capture all these vehicles transformed into some sort of comfortable home on wheels for the brave, the spirited and the adventurous.
Apart from the vehicles themselves, we were also very keen to meet face to face all the wonderful people we have met over the last few months on the motorhome365 forum and it was lovely to put faces to names and have a proper conversation. Meeting people online and having virtual friends is all very well and good, but you can never substitute the pleasure of seeing them in real life and having a laugh sharing experiences over some food and drinks.
Various activities were organised by our friendly hosts – David, Sylvie, Nigel and Pamela – for everyone to join in and I particularly enjoyed the BBQ and Jacobs/American table to which everyone brought a dish, either savoury or sweet or both to share, as well as Sunday morning Bacon Butties and coffee, cake and chat sessions. It all went very well and a good time was had by all, with the added bonus of some magnificent weather that couldn’t have been more perfect for the occasion.
I must also mention there was a prize (nice bottle of whisky) for the motorhome that had travelled the furthest to get there and, guess who won it? Yes, you’re right: yours truly: 150.625 miles (241km) from Bognor Regis to Stratford’s Race Course, with good old Adonis at the wheel. I’m so proud of him for driving all that distance in heavy traffic after a hard day’s work! He more than deserves that bottle and I’m sure he’ll enjoy it soon enough.
I am already looking forward to next year’s gathering!!!