Road Trip - Reading to Glasgow
Just had the chance to take my 159 1.9JTDm SW up to Glasgow and back to Reading the next day. This was my first 'getting to know you' experience in the car - only had it a month.
Good: Alfa 159 1.9JTDm
Because: If you've got a long way to go, good to be driving an alfa
Good: 70 litre tank
Because: nice to be only down to half after a long drive
Good: Cruise control
Because: love the way it disables on even the slightest nudge of the break pedal - v smooth
Good: Seat adjustment
Because: much better than my old Volvo, adjusts any which way, good support
Good: Bosch AeroTrim wipers
Because: Well, have you been to Scotland in August?(!)
Good: M6 Toll
Because: it's like motorways used to be - worth 4.50, no trucks
Good: Westmorland Farmshop Services (near Penrith) (northbound)
Because: what a view!
Good: It's a cruiser
Because: I wasn't expecting a refined motorway cruiser when I bought an alfa but am happily surprised it goes as well in straight lines as it does around the bends - joy!
Good: Auto intermittent wipers
Because: Think of them as part of the in-car entertainment - anything to keep you amused on a long trip is good
Good: Auto headlights
Because: when you're having too much fun, you don't need to remember to turn the lights on
Good: Maui Jim sunglasses
Because: these are the best upgrade I've made to my driving experience - brilliant, absolutely brilliant, not cheap but worth every penny.
Good: Rab Ha's Bar and Restaurant, Glasgow
Because: fun place and good food
Bad: Millennium Hotel Glasgow
Because: well, it wasn't bad, just disappointing for the money (100 per night) - rooms are dark on the back of the hotel, good views if you get a room on the front, dirty carpets and smelly toilet in my room.
Good: Going south on a Friday
Because: less traffic than going north
Bad: Going south on a Friday
Because: too much traffic on Fridays
Bad: Interior storage
Because: I haven't really found a comfy spot for my wallet and phone
Good: The little fridge-y thing in the armrest
Because: it did seem to actually work, even with the lid up, and kept my drink cool, nice surprise
Bad: Lancaster Services (Southbound)
Because: strange-looking people(?), ended up eating Burger King
Good: Sandbach Services (Southbound)
Because: normal-looking people(!), calm welcome cup of tea at Costa and a choice of armchairs
Bad: M42 on a Friday pm
Because: It cost me an extra hour - traffic
Good: Talking Heads
Because: Antidote to M42 on Friday pm (am I showing my age?)
Well, I could go on but that's enough for now. I'm really pleased with the car which did everything I asked of it (including giving me some fun vs. a BMW 330d coming off the roundabout halfway down the A404M) and more.
Next trip: Montreux in August