Warners Bodelwyddan Castle Historic Hotel – Ronnie
Started at Frinton this morning, then interchange at Thurrock – South Mimms, a nice group, quite jolly after leaving South Mimms. Then onto the M1 and M6 toll, where we stopped for lunch at Norton Canes on M6 toll, it’s all changed here, lot of different outlets for food, very busy. After lunch we continued on the M6, then M56 Chester Services for short breaks. We arrived at Warners at 5pm, all passengers very pleased with the accommodation, food and all enjoyed the first nights evening entertainment.
Usual start to the day, washed the windscreens, hoovered the bus, had a cup of tea and chinwag with other drivers. Today, we went into the Snowdonia National Park with a stop at Betws-y-Coed, which people enjoyed. Then we had a drive over Llanberis pass to Llanberis, which was a nice drive with spectacular scenery. At Llanberis, some of the clients went on the Lake Train, which is a 1 hour trip with a little steam train which runs along side the lake, all enjoyed. Others went into the Slate Museum, which they found interesting, particularly the demonstration. We returned to the Hotel at 4pm, clients, once again, enjoyed the night’s entertainment which was themed on the 50’s.
Free day today, an exciting day in the life of a Crusader coach driver! Wash the bus, hoover, clean windows, lovely. This afternoon, I went to see if I could knock a few balls on the snooker table, unfortunately it was occupied.
First stop, the place with the long name (Llanfair…P….??) where we made a stop for photos and coffee. Then onto Beaumaris, where the weather was kind to us. Our final stop was Conwy where coach drivers face tricky manoeuvres because of the Arches. It was a wet afternoon so I went to the pick up early, clients were waiting so we made an early return for the Hotel.
Having returned to the Hotel, I found a driver from another coach company playing snooker so we had a game. He told me he wasn’t very good but proceeded to go 20 points in the lead but if I say so myself with magnificent doubles on the pink, black, I won the game with two. Frame two, again he was leading but I clawed my way back and I won 2 nil. Then, he decides he could play Table Tennis but again 4-1 to Crusader. Good fun!
A drive home in the wet, but clients I think enjoyed themselves.