Juneathon Day 15: the one with the final farewell, Crazy Bear Club sandwich and torrential rain

Good morning, I hope you are having a good weekend. What happened to the sunshine? I’ve noticed that in Four Oaks it tends to be sunny enough first thing to wake me up and get me out of bed. The sun then waits until I’ve had a shower and then disappears. I suspect I’m over thinking this as it’s not like the sun knows what I’m doing.

Anyway, back to yesterday and the halfway stage of Juneathon 2019. I’ve no idea why, but I woke up feeling really tense with this horrible feeling that something bad was going to happen. It’s hard to explain but it wasn’t a great feeling and I almost postponed the trip down to Wallingford. Looking back, I think I was feeling stressed because I hate motorways and was about to spend a couple of hours on the M42 and M40.

We set off at 09:30 and after a relatively straightforward journey, reached Wallingford a couple of hours later. I didn’t spend too long collecting all my belongings together as my friend was feeling peckish and to be honest I just wanted to say my final goodbyes and leave. We decided to stop off for lunch before we reached the M40 and after a couple of ‘false starts’ found ourselves at this place in Stadhampton.

My first ‘proper ‘job was working as a waitress in a busy restaurant so I get that it can be a shitty job at times and that we all have bad days. Unfortunately, the lady who took our order was so rude to my friend I had bite my tongue. My Crazy Bear Club sandwich and Curiosity Cola both tasted great, but our lunch was slightly ruined by the attitude of the female member of staff. I didn’t add a tip to the bill when asked.

The journey back up to Four Oaks was quite stressful as we encountered some torrential rain near the M40-M42 junction. We left the M42 and then encountered more torrential rain on the outskirts of Sutton Coldfield. I don’t think I’ve ever been so pleased to make it back to Four Oaks. Travelling by train between Oxford and Four Oaks was a pain in the arse but it meant I didn’t have to spend my Friday afternoons on a motorway. The journey also reinforced my decision to travel by train to my new office in Solihull. On a quiet day it took 40 minutes to reach the junction for Solihull.

In an ideal world, I would have spent the afternoon/evening unpacking and sorting through my Wallingford clutter. This unfortunately didn’t happen as I had to travel across Birmingham – via TK Maxx – for a violin lesson. I definitely slept quite well!

Random photos from Day 15

Rather predictable, but thanks to the traffic lights I managed to capture a photo of what I hope isn’t my final trip across Wallingford Bridge.

I also took some photos during lunch and a photo when I was trying to keep calm on the M42.

Best thing spotted on the Internet on Day 15

Not the best thing but the most interesting thing. If you haven’t already read this Holly Bradshaw interview then please do.

It’s a shame that Nike are doing their utmost to ensure that people like me don’t go near their kit in future.

Cumulative Juneathon Distance: 16.5 km

Would you ever consider boycotting a brand? Although I own quite a lot of Nike running gear, I don’t think I’ll be heading to Niketown next time I’m in London.


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