'Get around town'... how we travel

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'Get around town'... how we travel

Postby sarah t » Mon Jun 09, 2014 12:37 pm

Get around town obviously is lyrics from 'Sound of the Crowd'.

For me as you are aware it is walking or cycling but was wondering how do other forum members get around in their daily lives. Are you car drivers, any motorbikers here, cyclists or do you simply take the bus/train? If car drivers anyone got LPG or perhaps hybrid vehicles like the Nissan Leaf??? Do you like your vehicle/mode of travel... share your joy/tales of woe of car/motorbike ownership!
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Re: 'Get around town'... how we travel

Postby crowbaby » Wed Jun 11, 2014 12:12 pm

Car driver since 1982...My car for the past 15 years is a 1997 Toyota Rav 4. I don't drive too much, mainly weekends only as i catch the bus to/from work (a trip of about 30 minutes)
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Postby SubHuman » Wed Jun 11, 2014 10:51 pm

I walk, cycle and drive a car, but it's mostly car. I dislike buses and trains, although I use the train and tube if I go to London.
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Re: 'Get around town'... how we travel

Postby Sandrine 7557 » Thu Jun 12, 2014 3:41 am

Unless I bicycle along the river on my next block, you have to have a car in the U.S. to go anywhere. I walk when I take the dog for her walk. Nothing exciting, pretty much like everyone else. Although I do know a young girl who has schizophrenic episodes occasionally, and she has been know to say that she teleported to get somewhere! If that counts...♥
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Re: 'Get around town'... how we travel

Postby sarah t » Thu Jun 12, 2014 10:32 am

Car ownership for me is confined to a nine year period with a beginning, middle and end and for the most part was I think merely a bit of a passing fad as for the most part I didn’t do that much mileage during that time.

It started in 1985 with the purchase of a black ‘C’ reg Austin Rover Metro City car that over the next four years I improved the spec buying facia clock, passenger door mirror, headrests, parcel shelf and rear mud flaps thereby changing it to a CityX model. The actual driving test back then had challenging aspects like soon after driving off from the test centre (in Crossgates, near Leeds, West Yorkshire) there were two unmarked crossroads which thankfully I was aware of and gave the proper care and attention. I also, as I recall, had to perform a three point turn on a hill. I passed the test the second time after initially losing out in my failure to safely navigate a roundabout. I think I got a fairly good amount of use out of this vehicle on short weekly shopping trips and longer West Yorkshire countryside journeys however the biggest exercise it had was the eventual trip down south ‘in convoy’ with my Dad’s silver ‘C’ plate Granada Scorpio (he was one of the first owners of the sleek new hatchback models) when my family and I relocated to live in Horsham in West Sussex. Significant because I remember my Dad saying not to worry about the fuel gauge saying that I had plenty to complete the total long distance. Not surprisingly, under cover of night on an isolated stretch of duel carriageway the Metro came to a coughing and somewhat embarrassing stop.

A trip to the 1988 motor show up at the NEC in Birmingham was memorable for all the wrong reasons. I got to drive my Dad’s white ‘E’ reg Vauxhall Cavalier saloon car, a much larger vehicle than I was used to but thought I was handling it quite well. However I failed to adequately anticipate a slowing car in the fast lane of a stretch of West Midlands motorway and slammed into the back of it resulting merely in a caved in upended bonnet and myself merely feeling rather embarrassed, upset, dazed but like my Dad totally unhurt. The stricken Cavalier loan car was moved to a nearby garage by a recovery vehicle where my father arranged for a Vauxhall Astra hire car for us to complete the journey to the motor show. In hindsight I think it was probably a good idea of my Dad to get me to drive us back home in this vehicle to get my confidence back however I think at the time it obviously felt rather traumatic and worrying to be ‘back behind the wheel’ so shortly after such an accident. It seemed ironic now that this occurred a brief time before I took the Institute of Advanced Motorists test which I passed first time.
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Postby SubHuman » Thu Jun 12, 2014 2:18 pm

Sarah, I think that most of us who have driven for a while have had embarrassing motoring moments. Most of mine have involved low speed shunts in car parks, by not paying enough attention. See I thought I was safe in a car park as I slowly reversed into a car I thought wasn't there, followed by much swearing.
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Re: 'Get around town'... how we travel

Postby sarah t » Fri Jun 13, 2014 1:28 pm

I guess with my last post I was looking at ways this thread could develop beyond what form of transport we use (i.e. any funny or memorable stories anicdotes etc)
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Re: 'Get around town'... how we travel

Postby crowbaby » Sat Jun 14, 2014 5:59 am

I was driving one extremely boiling hot day in Adelaide when I felt something on my arm....a rather large Huntsman spider had gone for a stroll down the seat belt and down my arm....how I kept my composure in the traffic I'm not sure but I managed to fairly calmly find somewhere to stop, got my shoe off. open the door, and flick the spider off my arm...of course it didn't go to plan and it instead fell down the side of the seat...you've never seen me move so fast!

I've also driven from Adelaide to Darwin and back 3500kms each way, via Alice Springs/Uluru (Ayers Rock). On the last day I woke in Coober Pedy (underground Opal mining town) and drove to Adelaide (900kms in one day)
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Postby sarah t » Sat Jun 14, 2014 12:46 pm

crowbaby wrote:I was driving one extremely boiling hot day in Adelaide when I felt something on my arm....a rather large Huntsman spider had gone for a stroll down the seat belt and down my arm....how I kept my composure in the traffic I'm not sure but I managed to fairly calmly find somewhere to stop, got my shoe off. open the door, and flick the spider off my arm...of course it didn't go to plan and it instead fell down the side of the seat...you've never seen me move so fast!

I've also driven from Adelaide to Darwin and back 3500kms each way, via Alice Springs/Uluru (Ayers Rock). On the last day I woke in Coober Pedy (underground Opal mining town) and drove to Adelaide (900kms in one day)


eek that sounds particularly alarming about the Huntsman spider.

Regarding the 'epic' distances you mention I hope you have a good 'sound system' because I suspect, and I could be wrong about this, but is there much scenery to help break up the possible bordem of the trip?
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Re: 'Get around town'... how we travel

Postby crowbaby » Sat Jun 14, 2014 1:31 pm

Hehe it was 1994 and I only had a tape deck in the car...which promptly broke in the middle of nowhere :/so there were many many outback miles with not even radio....
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Postby cs15 » Sat Jun 14, 2014 5:51 pm

Crowbaby, me driving from Dublin to Killarney and back was a trek (remember that?) so I can only imagine what 3.5k journey is like. I hope you had decent companionship.

Re: Coober Pedy, is that the town shown in the movie Priscilla Queen Of The Dessert or the one in Muriel's Wedding??
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Postby crowbaby » Sun Jun 15, 2014 1:35 am

Yeah, it was Priscilla :) I think that was the place Guy Pearce's character got beat up by the locals...Time to watch again :)
Muriel came from Porpoise Spit ;)
Here's a little youtube clip that pretty much sums up the trip...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mLY2lSd9ig
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Postby cs15 » Sun Jun 15, 2014 11:10 am

Now explain this: after watching that clip, why would anyone want to go there? :O
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Re: 'Get around town'... how we travel

Postby crowbaby » Sun Jun 15, 2014 11:39 am

HaHa...we do it cos we're Aussies!! :lol:
Coober Pedy is a really interesting place :) A town you can disappear in if you want to...down a mine shaft if you're unlucky. I'd love to visit again.
This clip explains a bit more about the town...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJvrTYmp1C0
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Postby cs15 » Sun Jun 15, 2014 8:45 pm

You guys are nuts. Fascinating, but nuts. =D
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Re: 'Get around town'... how we travel

Postby SubHuman » Mon Jun 16, 2014 11:39 pm

Most of my memorable car journeys are so for all the wrong reasons: blown bypass hoses, petrol pump misbehaving, starter motor packed up, exhaust falling off etc. Needless to say my early motoring was in old bangers on a wing and a prayer, travelling from Morpeth to Bristol and back to visit parents and friends at bank holidays, complete with wife and children. Always carried a comprehensive toolkit and spares as well as all the luggage. The cars where: Mini van, Volkswagen 1500N, Triumph Herald and finally an Escort 1100, all well past their prime. Ah those were the days!
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Re: 'Get around town'... how we travel

Postby sarah t » Thu Jun 19, 2014 12:09 pm

A good moment I think for the middle point of car ownership…

Anyway up there at Birmingham I picked out my next vehicle and in January of the following year picked up a brand new Austin Rover Metro MG Turbo in the just introduced new colour of British Racing Green with unique broken octagon side detailing. As I recall this ‘F’ plate vehicle was the first to roll out of the dealership and it was pleasant to get admiring glances and comments from other people including one person (at the company where at the time I was working) whom owned a faded red ‘A’ plate version of my car. At the time it was a massive step up for me with this model featuring colour coded bumpers, tinted glass, leather steering wheel and a much sportier engine, the 1.3 A-Series sounded more grunty than usual. There was that pride and joy feeling with regular washes on the driveway also supplemented by sitting on the ground with clothes, old toothbrush and a container of white spirit to carefully clean and polish the distinctively classy four intricate lattice alloy wheels that so perfectly finished off the eye catching look of the car. As now an IAM member I learnt and acquired a supply of RainX, a marvellous rain repelling substance that miraculously improved visibility during prolonged downpours.
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Postby Aylett 67 » Sun Jun 22, 2014 3:25 pm

Passed my test almost 20 years ago and my first car was a 1986 Vauxhall Cavalier 1600 L with radio cassette and sunroof, classed as desirable items then. Not a bad car, but by the time I ditched it, it was using a litre of oil every hundred miles. Next car was a Rover 213, very reliable, but rust got it in the end.
Currently I'm driving a Nissan Micra Acenta, economical, very reliable, well equipped, probably all you need.
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Re: 'Get around town'... how we travel

Postby sarah t » Wed Jul 16, 2014 10:55 am

Just remembered this thread and thought I'd finish off my car ownership with this...

Another visit to the 1990 motor show and after a brief interim period spent with a 213SE saloon I eventually picked up my third and final vehicle, a brand new ‘H’ reg Rover 214GSi in British Racing Green early in January 1991. However as I recall acquiring this car was not as straightforward as the previous MG Metro. This time around we’d shopped around for the best price on the precise spec we (my father and I) were after. With, for the time, the new feature of air conditioning this car was sourced from a dealer somewhere up in the London suburbs. For me a massive step forward in quality and standard features but personal circumstances including the move to Southampton in 1993 meant that car ownership was coming to an end. With job prospects dwindling the eventual sale of this car in the spring of 1994 was a bittersweet moment tinged with both sadness and a sense of relief… for me owning/driving a vehicle is very expensive.

It has now been over twenty years since I have driven a motor vehicle and I think even if I could afford to get behind the wheel once more I have no interest/enthusiasm about it and I suspect after all this time I would probably have to take the test again.
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Re: 'Get around town'... how we travel

Postby SubHuman » Thu Jul 17, 2014 9:24 am

I've had twelve cars over the forty odd years I'be been driving. The first four were old bangers that lasted on average two years each before I had to throw them away. The most fun was a Ford Fiesta 1.3 Sport that I did a bit of rallying with. Mostly club twelve car road rallies, a Friday night seventy mile thrash around the lanes of Wiltshire. The most comfortable was a 525i BMW, this was a powerful mileage eater, out on motorways you could wind it up to about eighty which it would do all day long. It was one of the few cars I've owned that you could step out of after a long journey without a headache. Currently I have a Honda Jazz that's a nice compact car that suits me now that I'm retired.
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