There's something special about the A1. It's not something that I can explain easily or briefly. Part of it though, is that even on the modern motorway sections I sense that I'm following the general route of an ancient highway. It's ironic that I should feel disorientated on a road but I do get that feeling on the M1 for instance - hardly noticing great towns and cities on the way. Not so on The Great North Road.
The journey north therefore added to our already high level of excitement to be on holiday, our adventure, at last. So, shortly after booking in to our B&B (Garbutt Farm, Sutton Bank, which is very comfortable, luxurious even, with the bonus that our vehicle can be left here securely whilst we are away) we spent the evening at The Hambleton Inn, here on Sutton Bank, where we have happily calmed down, satisfied our stomaches and quenched our thirst.
An excellent start.