Not long after leaving Settle on route for the Ribble Head Viaduct I realised my Sat Nav had lost connection to the GP system! and I had passed the turn of for Hawes. Andy and Shirley came to my rescue and volunteered to lead the way back to our original route. Whilst sorting this GPS problem Alan Smith said he was going to cut off and head to Lancaster which was fine I asked Alan if he would run at the back of the group so no body would follow him. Problem number 2!. Rob and Julie were still behind Alan when we set off and you guessed it, they followed Alan thinking we were still in convoy. So now there are 5 Cars heading for Hawes and 2 towards Lancaster. Knowing Rob and Julie had a working Sat Nav and a map book I had every confidence they would pass the initiative test and catch up with us later. Just past Hawes is the turn off on to single track roads up to Tan Hill and I was pleased to see Rob had now joined us again so Well Done! you are now a fully Qualified member of the Blackpool Region "where the hell are we" Group.
After negotiating a couple of steep uphill hairpin bends that would fit in well with the Italian Alps we finally arrived at the pub which at 1732 ft is the highest in England. It was packed and very warm inside now doubt due to the triple glazing and a large coal fire. Most of us opted for drinks and a bag of crisps as the predicted waiting time for a meal was 45 minutes. After an hour or so most of us departed taking the fast road back via Kirby Stephen and the M6. Andy and Shirley were starving so stayed for the meal along with Rob and Julie.
This was not however the end of my problems as I decided to top up the petrol tank for the blast down the Motorway But some how managed to put just under 5 litre of V Power Diesel in the half full tank before I realised the pump was black and not green! I quickly moved to another pump and filled up to the brim with Proper V Power. Car ran like a dream all the way home where I put more VP in the tank to dilute the fuel. All seems OK thank goodness.