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.
With lunch on the agenda l find the Pear Tree Inn and l am drawn to the "Yard Arm IPA (7.0%ABV)" (must be the ex- "Wavy Navy" matelot in my blood!) and its chance of a "Voyage of Discovery" however only sold in half pint pots (for health & safety reasons?) which adds even more taste to my beef baguette. Also chance to chat with fellow "Pilgrims" that by chance had pop in for refreshments .
Time to stroll again via the "Brewery" and on returning to the camp ground, great to see more pilgrims taking to 3 x wheels for the winter months.

A enjoyable evening was spent in The Gate Hangs High which even had a "Rally Menu" on offer.
Sunday morning l took breakfast alfresco in the front of my tent because it had turned quite mild again



RIMG0989So 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.

RIMG0992The 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