05:16 - Bloody hell it's early. The plan is to get past Manchester before the weekend traffic kicks in. Target set off time is 6am.
07:33 - We've arrived at Chester services in Elton, just off the M56. This is a chance for a leg stretch and toilet stop. I'm glad to be past Manchester (and the horrible M60 ring road). Morticia just brought me a cup of tea (£2.15! Bloody rip off).
Next stop Wales!
09:14 - Stopped in Bala for toilet (for me, damn that cup of tea). The rain in heavy as I sit resting in a public car park.
09:30 - We've moved around the corner and are now parked by the lake enjoying a pre-prepared picnic.
10:55 - Morticia takes over the driving for a while. Plan is to stop at a cafe further down the road.
11:40 - Stopped at Machynlleth, didn't partake in the cafe but stretched our legs.
12:14 - I'll be taking back over in the driving seat soon, just approaching Aberystwyth.
13:00 - ARRIVED!
18:12 - Earlier we had a little walk around, saw at least 4 dolphins (within 20 minutes of arriving) from the pier. Had my first pint of Brains in the Penwig (where we are staying) before checking in. Once in the cottage I (and Morticia) had a couple of hours sleep - I just woke up.
21:57 - Back at the cottage. Been out for a couple of pints followed by chips and corned beef rissole (unique and epic). It's time for an early night, the holiday starts proper tomorrow.