Motoring Discussion > Road trips ! Miscellaneous
Thread Author: R.P. Replies: 27

 Road trips ! - R.P.
Been a busy week. All started on Monday when we travelled to the Lake District for a couple of nights - routing being A55, M56, M6....nice day horrendously busy on the 56 and M6 northbound until we got north of Preston then it was fab. At the time we were after a TransK9 bespoke dog crate for the A4. By sheer chance one popped up on Facebook Market Place in Accrington, so on the way home we diverted to collect it. The weather was horrendousm the roads in nd out of the town were rammed with major road works on the way to the where we were collecting it. Weaather got worse and worse and we hit Manchester for the rush-hour....abosolutly jammed with traffic......

Yesterday we were collecting a foster dog from Bristol, went down via Hereford - awesomly empty roads and a spectacular Severn Crossing....collected the dog and returned via M5, M6, M56. What a trip ! Perfect weather and the quietest M5/M6 I've ever seen. A trip that was flagged as 3.29 hrs was undertaken at a constant 75mph (other than other limits) in 3 hours - what difference a few days made.

Dog is a 7 month old Cocker. Very bright - slept all the way home and 8 hours overnight. He's out in the garden as I type on. long lead being trained by Mrs RP. He could be a "keeper" he's lovely.
 Road trips ! - Dave
Weren’t you talking about working cockers many years ago? I had a few working cockers, must be some 15 years ago.
 Road trips ! - Bromptonaut
Not a dog person but my son's Cocker/Sprocker is the loveliest pooch ever.
 Road trips ! - bathtub tom
>>awesomly empty roads

If I ever had to travel over a bank holiday, I always reckoned the best time was the Saturday afternoon. Although I inevitably seemed to get tangled up with the Milk Race around Whitsun.
 Road trips ! - tyrednemotional
...I came back to the UK through the tunnel yesterday. On the train without touching the sides. about 25 minutes from arriving to departing on the train. Absolutely no queues, and bumped up 1 hour on departure (2 minutes for the call when I checked through). As it happened, the train I departed on was half an hour earlier even than that.

Coming the other way at Folkestone, however, was horrific. 6 miles and building of multiple lanes of stationary lorries queued (Brock) on the M20, and passenger traffic with long queues at tunnel check-in.

All went well until the Dartford Crossing, with long delays, and an accident on the M11/M25 junction capped it off.

Even then, 9:30 from the French interior to 16:30 home wasn't too bad.
 Road trips ! - Crankcase
Was paying for the crossing ok? Couple of weeks back my crossing wasn't shown on the app or the website, so I couldn't pay. Rang them and by lucky fluke they'd credited me with a payment from months ago that had also never shown, so they'd used that. No idea what you're supposed to do when nothing shows.

I don't know how they could see my crossing but I couldn't.
Last edited by: Crankcase on Mon 27 May 24 at 08:44
 Road trips ! - Bromptonaut
>> Was paying for the crossing ok?

I assume this is about Dartford and not the Chunnel.
 Road trips ! - Crankcase
Yes, Dartford crossing.
 Road trips ! - tyrednemotional
>> Was paying for the crossing ok?

I've got a Paygo account. Email confirming payment received early the following day.
 Road trips ! - Bromptonaut
>> I've got a Paygo account. Email confirming payment received early the following day.

We have something similar. Also, if the Dartford Tunnel looks bad M26/M25/M40/A43 is an option with very little difference in journey time.
 Road trips ! - tyrednemotional
...though the M26 was flagged as having 40 minute delays on Saturday...
 Road trips ! - Crankcase

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>> I've got a Paygo account. Email confirming payment received early the following day.


Soiunds ideal, but I can't for the life of me see how you set one up. I have an account already, so sign in. I get the option to change my name etc, or to add a different payment card, but nothing about opening a pay as you go type account. Whilst there a moment ago, it still says I've made no payments or any crossings in the last three months, though my last was about a month ago.
 Road trips ! - R.P.
Yes, my much loved Working Cocker died at 14 in 2020. He was an awesome dog, the epitome of a "one man dog" very intellegent - he left a massive dog shaped hole in my life. This pup is a show Spaniel but there's no doubting his intelligence - I reckon he'd be a good working dog for the Police....we're in our 4 week "fostering" period. Not quite as subtle at waking me up in the morning as the recently deceased Springer who woke my up with a lick on the arm. This one is more full on jumping on me !
 Road trips ! - Fullchat
"I reckon he'd be a good working dog for the Police.."

Has he found you're stash? :))

Is it an organisation you're fostering for RP?
 Road trips ! - R.P.
Hahahahaha ! Yes, Spaniel Aid. They seem very well run and supportive. He's off to see the in-laws this morning and breathe.....
 Road trips ! - Bromptonaut
>> Not quite as subtle at waking me up in
>> the morning as the recently deceased Springer who woke my up with a lick on
>> the arm. This one is more full on jumping on me !

Son's dog does that.

She loves being under the covers after she's licked you to death.

When you say a 'show Spaniel' do you mean he's a Show Cocker?

Daughter had one but it turned defensive of its space and ended up with a one way trip to the vet after going for a neighbour. Clearly no compatible with a child on the cusp of toddling.
 Road trips ! - Dave
I had working cockers for 40 years, and the last one put to sleep a couple of years ago. Had a rest, then got a working lab bitch last year. Too old to run about training spaniels, so got a pensioners dog. Lovely little thing, about 18kg, and does everything at half the spaniel speed, as well as sleeping 80% of the time.
 Road trips ! - tyrednemotional
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>> >> I've got a Paygo account. Email confirming payment received early the following day.
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>> Soiunds ideal, but I can't for the life of me see how you set one
>> up. I have an account already, so sign in. I get the option to change
>> my name etc, or to add a different payment card, but nothing about opening a
>> pay as you go type account. Whilst there a moment ago, it still says I've
>> made no payments or any crossings in the last three months, though my last was
>> about a month ago.
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I used to have a standard account until they wanted to close it due to non-use during Covid. I could have "appealed" that, but frankly the discount for that type either disappeared or became negligible, so I let them close it and refund my balance.

I then, on next requirement, set up a Paygo account. (No discount, but no need to keep the account in credit).

I can't see how to do it either, but I suspect you nominate the type when creating the account.
So, you might need to close the existing account and then recreate, or use another userid to create a paygo account. Can't guarantee that, but it looks like the login process to both account types is the same, but it takes the type from creation time.
 Road trips ! - R.P.
He's been with us a while now, he was a little rough around the edges when we forst had him, but thanks to Mrs RP some of the rough edges have been smoothed. He's still very much a pup ! We decided not to adopt him and he is up for adoption, his prospective new owners are coming to see him tomorrow. He'll be a fab dog for someone.

spanielaid.co.uk/spaniel/toby-sa4221/
 Road trips ! - Bromptonaut
Wow, just wow.

Son is coming down tonight and we're looking after his Spaniel Olive tomorrow while he and his girl go to a matinee in London.

Happy to be grandpaw to a Spaniel but they or pretty much any other dog is way too much work for us; neither of us are dog people in terms of upbringing etc. and we like our holidays.
 Road trips ! - Bromptonaut
Took her out for a walk earlier. It's Sywell Airshow this weekend and I can see the display albeit at some distance so timed the walk for the Oil Spill Response Boeing 727 being shown.

How do you stop a dog from pulling like a train? My arm feels as though somebody has tried to pull it out of its socket.

I can't let her off the lead as her recall isn't that good plus she's a covid pup and was never socailised with other dogs and can be aggressive to them.
 Road trips ! - Zero
With a lot of training, Its strangely self rewarding for a dog to pull on the lead. (specially gun dogs), So much so that you can subvert it and use it to your advantage.
 Road trips ! - Dog
>>How do you stop a dog from pulling like a train?

I take my 9 year-old English Pointer out over Bodmin Moor every day.

Coming back up hill I attach his extending lead to my belt and he pulls the old Dog along.

:o}
 Road trips ! - bathtub tom
>>How do you stop a dog from pulling like a train?

Mine, with a choke chain, but you need to be trained on how to use one properly and never let a dog pull against it.
To train them to stay, sit, heel and return when called, I used cat biscuits and reward them with one when they did as instructed. They soon learned. A box would last forever.
 Road trips ! - Kevin
>..I used cat biscuits and reward them with one when they did as instructed. They soon learned.

Probably because they were sick of cat biscuits.
 Road trips ! - Fullchat
www.car4play.com/redirect.php?https://spanielaid.co.uk/spaniel/toby-sa4221/

Awwww! x
Last edited by: Fullchat on Fri 21 Jun 24 at 23:40
 Road trips ! - R.P.
His new adopted owners came for a viewing today. They are smitten
 Road trips ! - Fullchat
I bet they are :)
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