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Report 1952: Hop Scotching England South to North to South

By Jeff H from New Hampshire, Fall 2011

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Page 4 of 4: Petersfield to Reading to Heathrow

Not as harrowing as it sounds, maybe because by now I was somewhat used to driving on the left. The roundabouts in Basingstoke are every mile or so as you circle the town on the Ring Road - nicknamed "Doughnut Town" by locals because there are so many! We survived, got to Reading in one piece, turned the car in a day early, did a quick tour of the Oracle Mall along the river, ate a wonderful Italian meal served by the owner at Nino's Ristorante and Pizzeria (reviewed on Slow Travel by Yours Truly, too) and stayed one night at a below average Travel Lodge in Reading Center: no phone, no clock and no soap in the room ... but it is cheap(42.90 for a double).

Tuesday: things go smoothly on the commute to Heathrow, the flight to Boston and the bus back up to New Hampshire from Boston...nice not to be driving!

It was great to visit some friends and to patronize a few pubs from years gone by and to see some sites I had never seen in all my previous trips; and Sue, who's basically never been out of London on her trips to England, was impressed with the friendly people in the countryside and the scenery. She was unimpressed with my driving or with the weather (rain off and on for the entire week), but neither of these prevented a great time.

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