Last Drive Before Lockdown
Early this morning I woke as normal and checked my social media. After seeing thousands of people cramming themselves into Tesco and others not following social distancing guidelines, I soon realised that the inevitable was going to happen and the country was soon going to be put into a 'stay at home' state or as most would call it, a 'lockdown'.
So after helping out my Nana by doing some errands at the post office and grapping a newspaper for her, I decided this would probably be the last chance that I would get to go for a proper drive to myself for a while. At roughly 2 in the afternoon I pumped up the horrendously flat tire and set off for my 'last drive before lockdown'.
Above all it was the strangest experience just driving through the beautiful Yorkshire Wolds, thinking to myself that this may be the last time that I actually get to see it in it's entirety before I can't step out of the village that I live in. I must have spent roughly 2-3 hours touring the various communities in the area. Taking in the beauty spots and and joying the empty country roads. The almost eerie feeling hit me when I came over the brow of a hill toward a junction to see this curving road darting off into the distance. I couldn't help but stop and sit for a moment to take it all in. Moments turned into minutes but I didn't want to leave, I just wanted to sit there, in my car, by myself, enjoying it while I can.
I love Yorkshire.
Eventually though, I did set off back home and by the time I got back to where I'm now storing my car for the time being, I felt a strange feeling. In some ways it felt like I had just come back from work and in others it felt like I had just finished some driving version of 'last meal on death row' (for now at least). This was when the severity of everything that's going on actually hit me. I really didn't expect to drive my car anymore! At least for a few weeks, if not months. The little MG is part of my everyday life. I drive it to work, the shops and out on the weekends for a jaunt to some good roads. So emptying of belongings, locking it up and walking away seemed very strange. The virus may have hit areas near me but you can almost be in denial that it would never come of anything, especially out here in the country where today everything outside seemed almost 'everything as usual'. Not driving for a few weeks/ months may do my head in but it is for the greater good. On the upper hand though, I now have more time to watch The Grand Tour, play Gran Turismo 4 like I'm 7 again, and write on DriveTribe!