I find a BLUE SKY for a short while on the Fosse Way (Which the Romans started to build from AD 46) travelling south into Warwickshire and North Oxfordshire.
At the traffic island near Stretton on Dunsmore l pay my respects to the Immortal 29th Division,with my thoughts of my past visit to Gallipoli,Turkey.
Once in North Oxfordshire the roads are covered in mud & filth,with the Mystic & rider are well and truly lathered up with road grime!
What happened to our road sweepers? - when did YOU last see a Road Sweeper? (l can remember when l was a child the fascination/noise of the round brushes sweeping the gutter,with water spray and then stopping to use a hook to lift up the grate of the drain for BIG SUCKER to lift up the silt from blocked pipe, just plain magic!!).
My port of call for the night is The Gate Hangs High at Hook Norton a Drovers Inn which was situated on a old "Drover Road" for the February camping weekend of the Mayflower MCC.
Tent up and then l take a stroll into Hook Norton with most of the cottages built from yellow oolite Jurassic limestone with thatched roofs.
A enjoyable evening was spent in The Gate Hangs High which even had a "Rally Menu" on offer.
So now time to leave and find a "North Oxfordshire Cleansing Station" on the River Stour to help cleanse the Mystic of road grim at the Traitors Ford. Civil War 1642-1645.
The Civil War Armies supply route takes me north to the Battle of EdgeHill.
Next time l find myself in this area l will try and make a social call & check out its ambience at the Castle pub at Edgehill.
Bye for now from Edgehill