Friday, 25 March 2016

Trip to Talke / Trent Vale 25-03-2016


DY08 FFXBlurtonFentonCharterShelton Care Group
DY08 FFXFentonTalkeCharterShelton Care Group
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DY08 FFXWestport LakeBlurtonCharterShelton Care Group
67635Magdalen Road, BlurtonTrent Vale, opp Chubb Way22First Potteries

Today Matthew was going to the pub for his tea, but not before he had been to his day service. Matthew got up around 08:00. He got dressed and had a giant crumpet and strawberry juice for breakfast. Just before 09:00 his transport to his day service turned up and it was Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX.

Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX in Blurton
We got on the bus and the bus set off onto the A5035. We crossed the railway line and we went into Trentham. We turned right into New Inn Lane and we picked up another service user before going back onto the A5035. In Blurton we turned left into Church Road and we went forwards onto Blurton Road. At Heron Cross we joined the A50 and then we did the A50 link Road into Fenton. We turned left onto City Road and left again into Glebedale Road and to our destination. When Matthew got to Fenton, Shelton Care Group DV10 JCU was also present...

Shelton Care Group DV10 JCU in Fenton
In the morning Matthew was going to the Monkey Forest. We got on Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX for the journey. We were traveling up vis Shelton. We set off onto Glebedale Road and we turned left onto City Road. At the bottom before the railway line, we saw Stanton's of Stoke GSU 344. We turned right onto the A52 and left onto Station Road. Outside the railway station was Leons coaches 218. We continued to the end of Station Road where we turned right onto Stoke Road. We traveled up to Snow Hill and then we turned onto Shelton New Road. We stopped briefly at Shelton to pick up other service users where we saw Shelton Care Group BU05 EWX / NX13 XDH / NX13 XDJ / BX58 UHD & GU60 HVX as well as Aiming High FJ10 BJX. We carried on back to Snow Hill via Cemetery Road and Stoke Road and then towards Hanley up to the Ring Road. We went left onto the anti-clockwise ring road and we called at Tesco. After a quick stop we carried on around to Etruria Road and then onto the A53. At Etruria we went South down the A500 down to the A34 at Hanford. We went South down the A34 past Trentham and to the Strongford Garage roundabout and right to the Monkey Forrest. It was decided it was far too busy, so they decided to go somewhere else. They traveled back North up the A34 to Hanford and then North up the A500. We carried on up to the A34 and we turned right. We went to the Talke Freeport and after a brief stop we headed back to the A34 and we headed South. After doing a u-turn at the Parkhouse roundabout we headed North and came off the A34 at Taybarns. It was too busy so the continued North over the A500 and up to Talke where we stopped at the Toby Carvery. Matthew went to the toilet and afterwards Matthew had a carvery with Turkey, potatoes carrots and Yorkshire pudding followed by chocolate fudge cake with custard. Matthew also had a glass of Coke. After they had finished we got back aboard Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX. The bus set off down the A34 to the A500. We went South to the A500 and we came off at Longport. As we traveled up to Trubshaw Cross we saw Roseville NA56 MWD at Texaco. At the roundabout we turned left and then turned into Westport Lake. At the lake we got out and went feed the ducks. Matthew also went to the visitor centre and used the toilet. When it was time to go everybody got back aboard Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX. Coming back home we went on a tour of Stoke-on-Trent. We set off towards Trubshaw Cross and we went left up to Burslem, where we saw an unidentified ABC Supreme minibus and First Potteries 66840 on a #3 to Hanley. We continued up Moorland Road to Smallthorne and we turned right to Sneyd Green. On the A5272 we saw MT Travel SF15 DGU. We turned left at Milton Road and we went down the hill where we saw The Berwick V122 ENN. We went forwards onto Millride Road and into Milton where we saw D&G 33 on the #43 service. We turned left onto Leek Road and at the A53 we continued North to Endon. We turned left near the Plough and we went through Brown edge back to Norton. We turned left onto Norton Lane and after going around Newford Crescent we joined the Southbound A53. We travelled bacnk up the the A5272 and we turned left towards Hanley. We ran through Sneyd Green and Townsend and we ran around the clockwise ring Road to Lichfield Street. At Joiners Square we went across the roundabout onto Victoria Road. At the top we turned right onto the A50 link road. We went West on the A50 to Heron Cross. We travled through Blurton along Blurton Road and we went forwards onto Church Road. At the end we went right onto the A5035. We crossed the railway into Trentham and then right into New Inn Lane. After dropping of a service user we got back onto the A5035 and we ran into Blurton. We got home just before 15:00. Matthew had toast and a drink of orangeade whilst he waited for the time to go out and catch the bus. Today we went to catch the 16:26 to Newcastle. We set off on foot to the bus stop all the way onto Magdalen Road. I had seen all the #22 turns earlier in the day and they were all required. First Potteries 67635 was booked to be our bus, but there was also required First Potteries 41493 & 67633 out too. As we got to the corner of Magdalen Road and Finstock Avenue we saw required First Potteries 67633.

First Potteries 67633 in Blurton
We waited at the bus stop and out bus turned up bang on time. It turned the corner and as expected it was required First Potteries 67635.

First Potteries 67635 in Blurton
We got on the the bus and we booked to Harpfields Road. It was completely empty, so Matthew took a picture inside First Potteries 67635 before we sat down towards the back of the bus.

Inside First Potteries 67635
We turned right onto the A5035 and we crossed the railway line and into Trentham. We turned right into New Inn Lane and we saw First Potteries 41494 on the #21 to the Trentham Hotel opposite to the Man in Space. We continued up to Hanford and we went down to the A34 via Wilson Road and Church Lane. At the A34 we saw Elcock Reisan V42 EUJ. We crossed under the A500 into Trent Vale and we passed First Potteries 53060 on a #21A to Trentham Gardens. We turned right into Harpfields Road and we got up and got off the bus. Matthew took another picture of First Potteries 67635 as it continued towards Newcastle.

First Potteries 67635 in Trent Vale
We walked back onto the A34 and we saw dud First Potteries 53830 on the 3rd #22 turn going towards Longton.

First Potteries 53830 in Trent Vale
Required First Potteries Dart 41493 must have swapped off the turned at some point during today... Mum was waiting for us at the pub. At the pub Matthew had a brunch with bread and butter followed by toffee sponge pudding with ice cream. Whilst we ate highlights of the passing buses included First Potteries 'Sentinel' liveried Scania 65040 on a Stafford bound #101 service, First Potteries 37156 on a Hanley bound #101 service & Alfa coach 87 going Northwards. When it was time to go we got in the car to go and pick up uncle Dave vis Grandma's. We went North up the A34 passing Roseville minibus DK06 UDH. We turned right just before Newcastle. After a very brief stop we got back onto the A34 and went South, and we turned left onto the A500. We came off the A500 at Sideway and we went East on the A50 up to Heron Cross and we turned left into Fenton. After picking up uncle Dave we headed back to Heron Cross. We went forwards into Blurton along Blurton Road and we climbed the hill and we went forwards onto Church Road before turning right into Beaconsfield Drive. We got home around 18:10. Matthew then chilled out on his computer until bedtime around 00:30... Mark

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