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    Well this thing is going ahead this Saturday, the Great Escape tickets have been bought and Iíve even convinced a mate to join me on this mad venture. The idea is to get the first train North and visit as many counties/pubs on just the one ticket. Hours of trawling through timetables and the PuG site has resulted in the following aspirational route.

    05:53 - Watford Junction
    06:40 Milton Keynes - Bucks
    Wetherspoons (assuming they actually open at 7am)
    07:23 MK
    08:04 Rugby - Warks
    Wetherspoons if we can make it
    08:37 Rugby
    09:16 Brum
    Breakfast (?)
    09:49 Brum
    10:29 Worcester - Worcs
    Spoons/Dragon Inn
    11:02 Worcester
    11:31 Cheltenham - Gloucester
    Midland Hotel (quick splash and dash)
    11:48 Cheltenham
    12:17 Worcester
    12:29 Worcester
    12:49 Colwall - Herefordshire
    Crown & a bit of lunch
    14:04 Colwall
    14:33 Droitwich - West Midlands
    Some pubs
    15:33 Droitwich
    16:11 Brum
    16:33 Brum
    17:34 Northampton - Northants
    Malt & Shovel
    18:31 Northampton
    19:15 Berkhamsted - Herts
    Crystal Palace/Rising Sun
    20:15 Berkhamsted
    20:27 Watford Junction

    All of this of course depends on a number of things all happening,

    a) me having a relatively dry day on Friday (unlikely given that it is a mateís 50th Birthday)
    b) us both getting the first train
    c) every train being on time (there is no contingency plan for missed connections)
    d) us not deciding ďsod it, lets stay here for another pintĒ

    I reckon we should be able to make six counties, if we do all eight Iíll be amazed, and probably pissed.

    Wish us luck. Iíll be taking a notebook and if I can read my notes Iíll report back.
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    Brilliant, although you do realise you won't get a beer in 'Spoons before 9am.

    My own plans to do Brum (as well as everything else I had planned this weekend) have all gone A over T for varying reasons so I can only marvel in jealousy at your efforts and await a full report.

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    An ambitious day of travel but maybe the timetable has led to a less ambitious choice of pubs? nb. The 'spoons may be open early, but I thought they didn't serve alcohol until 09:00?
    In Berko, I presume you included the Crystal Palace for geographical reasons? (You reviewed it before with avg rating). You can walk to the Rising Sun along the canal towpath from the station and you may want to play a joker there, otherwise you also pass the Boat, which may be an alternative to CP if you haven't been before.

    May the rails rise up to meet you....

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    Good luck sir. I hope everything runs smoothly but, if not, I'm sure you'll take it in your stride and invoke a contingency plan.

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    And good luck from me as well although I think you are completely mad !

    I will be thinking of you tomorrow, especially at 5.30PM when I take my expensive seat at Twickenham to watch my beloved Sarries, with the knowledge that I will probably achieve more beers with a zone 1 to 6 travel card on Saturday including the entertainment of a visit to The Barmy Arms to see if the alledged resident nutcase Landlord puts in an appearance.
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    Good Luck with the day , sounds a bit knackering for me , i will make do with the 55 bus to Oakengates and the Station beer festival
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    In the beginning was the word, and the word was Why?, as in Why has my alarm gone off half way through the bleeding night? Then I remembered this madcap journey around the Midlands. So with the three Sís completed and resplendent with ticket, camera, notebook, maps and timetables Iím ready. Might just have time for a quick breakfast at McDonalds, Iím sure the one near me opens at 5am, we truly are heading for 24-hour Britain. As to me, well I know where Iím heading, and IĎll let you know later whether or not I got there.
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    That phrase, 'respectable commitment', might be getting another airing here. You may have some alternative phrases of your own by the end of the mission Millay, but you're off to a flyer & good luck with rest of the schedule.

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    I think I'd be tempted to set my alarm on my mobile phone to go off just before I reach the next train stop, just in case I happened to nod off
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