Well, my trip to Scotland in my new landscape photography truck didn't go exactly to plan...
I set off on Monday, first headed over to the Lake District to recce a shot I have in mind (there isn't quite enough snow on the tops yet for that one) so had some tea, watched some fireworks in Ambleside and then decided to make a late run North, I reckoned I would get into Callander at about midnight where I would overnight.
As I climbed out of Kendal on the A6 the engine suddenly started rattling and lost power, I got it across into a farm track (no laybys handy) and off the busy road. I rang the RAC who started to make plans to get the car recovered. It was a bitterly cold clear night and I was very grateful to the chap living in the house opposite who was kind enough to bring me out a brew and a chocolate biscuit, it was very welcome.
I broke down at 8.30pm and finally got home to Scarborough at 5am!
The prognosis on the truck isn't ideal, the engine has gone and will need a fresh one. As the rest of the truck was working out so well I am having a new engine put in it and it will ride once more!.
For the rest of this week I am going to resort to my trusty Alfa which has winter tyres on it anyway and stay in hotels (like normal people!!). I'm not going to let this little setback get in the way of getting the shots I want.
Thanks to everyone who has offered support over Twitter this last few days, much appreciated.