HERE ARE THE AUDIO CLIPS FROM THE BLOG:
A GRAND TOUR OF WALES
in my Bajaj Tuk Tuk
I’m the UK’s only Tuk Tuk Adventurer!
In my three wheeled Indian 6 hp Bajaj tuk tuk I like to go on Adventures, wild camping where possible and enjoying the smile it’s puts on everyone’s faces including mine. There are short audio podcasts in this blog, usually around 5 minutes in length and include interviews and conversations I have had along the way.
More tinkering to come over the spring – it will never be finished, just changing and evolving. I’m fitting a new cool box which is meant to keep my beers cold for up to a week.
And it’s not powered in any way. Just good insulation and some special freezer blocks. It’s made by Nomad.
The plan is to recce the UK Tuk Tuk Challenge route which is happening in mid August. As I devised the route I thought it would be prudent to check for dead ends, cliffs without safety barriers, dual carriageways and of course – pubs.
I parked the car and trailer in front of a big RV around the back of the Albright Hussey Hotel in Shrewsbury.
The immaculately manicured front lawn had just been mown, awaiting the first customers after lock down, with freshly baked pizzas from the new outside oven.
This Adventure was about to begin.
SHREWSBURY TO ABERGAVENNY
Left out the gate, through Shewsbury heading due south towards Hay on Wye.
B roads are a tuk tuks best friend. They were narrow and windy with high beach hedges on both sides at times. My first friendly farmer stopped to talk , I was tucked into a hedge to let the tractor and trailer just get through.
We spoke for more than 10 minutes about the 450 head of dairy cattle that they farmed. I’ve always had an interest in all things farming , I’ll even listen to farming today on radio 4 if I get the chance.
The first 50 miles to Hay was easy driving. Quiet country lanes , high hedges lined, some narrow sections, freshly cut hay was drying in the fields – Shropshire is a lovely county.