Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Day 23 - Norfolk - May 23rd

A good night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast set us up well for the day and we set off about 10am. We had a leisurely drive east along the Norfolk coast.  Traffic moved, but at a leisurely pace so we conformed as we were in no rush, often happily at about 40mph.   I know some of you may find that hard to believe, but there we are.  The temperature, from a starting point of about 12 degrees, gradually crept up to  a very respectable 25.
First stop was at the steam railway at Sheringham, where there was a small market in the car park. The railway appears to be very popular judging by the number of people around.  Second stop was just a few yards down the road for our first refuel after about 400 miles, in the 1200cc Vauxhall Corsa.  It took just 40 litres to fill before carrying on towards Cromer.   Just before Cromer we detoured to the beach road at West Runton, where many years ago, we had a family picture taken whilst Dave and I were at scout camp nearby.
After Cromer, we headed for a large transport museum at Caister Castle, or rather, at the ruins of Caister Castle.  This is reputed to be one of the largest private collections in the country.  Unfortunately, once inside, you are not allowed to take photographs, which is a great shame as there were some fascinating exhibits, ranging from several USA built steam cars (including a Stanley Steamer) to a rare, complete and almost derelict, F1 H16 BRM, complete with spare engine and a F1 Lotus.  Most of the other exhibits were road vehicles of two and four wheels but also a collection of pedal cars, horse drawn carriages and even prams!
We then headed towards Gt. Yarmouth, but apart from an ice cream and a pic of the sandy beach, we didn’t stop, but headed back to the Best Western at Kings Lynn.  Another nice room but not  a patch on the suite last night!  Once again we ate on site.  Large portions!
Bed at a respectable 10:30 and tomorrow, Lincolnshire calls.  Another very flat fenland county.   

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