Earlier this year, I was contacted by a guy named Rob Campion aka @allroads1 on Twitter. He was given my contact information by my pal Paul Swaney who's the founder of Stadium Journey, the website that reviews all the different sports venues here in North America & other parts of the World. As a result, he's gotten in touch with many interesting & down to earth people. I've met some of them in my travels. I honestly have no complains. I always look forward to our next meet up.
With that being said, I received a message on Facebook from Rob. He asked me about the possibility of getting him tickets to see the Mets play the Atlanta Braves in September at Citi Field. He told me that he & his wife Angela were planning to come to the States for the very first time. He said they were going to come to NYC for three or four days then they were going to fly to Chicago for another two or three days. Ironically I told him I was planning to go to England & Europe for the very first time in October. In the meantime, we wrote each other back & forth. We arranged to help each other perfect our trip plans. Rob decided to pass on the Met game when he finalized his plans. Instead he decided to see a soccer match aka football if you will. He looked at the NYCFC schedule. They were home the same day they were flying into New York. They were playing the San Jose Earthquakes at 7PM that night at Yankee Stadium. Despite the thought of being tired from the flight & time difference, he asked me if I could get them tickets. I said absolutely. The King & I already had ours since we planned to go as well after the Mets played the Yankees that afternoon at Citi Field. I wound up getting them seats in the same section as ours a row apart. A month later the hockey schedule came out. Rob noticed that the Rangers were playing an exhibition game that Monday night 9/21 at Madison Square Garden. He said he wanted to see the World's most famous arena. Even though it was a preseason game, this was his chance to do so. With that being said, I went ahead & spoke to a friend of mine who has season tickets. I told him I needed a pair for that game. He told me he would sell them to me so I could help these people out. When I told Rob, he was thrilled. He couldn't thank me enough for sorting that out for him.
|8:29AM East Midlands Train Departure|
|Front of the East Midlands Train|
|East Midlands Train|
|Me at Leicester Train Station|
|Leicester Host City of Rugby World Cup|
|Thomas Cook Statue|
|View of Downtown Leicester England|
In May, I told him I booked my flight to London. He said he was going to try to switch with someone at work to be off when I was going to be there. In July, he wrote me & he said he was able to switch. As a result, he was off that Tuesday which was October 6th. He worked nights. He told me that he lived in Leicester which is 100 miles North of London. He said I could take a train from London to Leicester. He watched the fares for me. At first, they were outrageously priced. He said he would keep watching them for me. A few weeks later they dropped to a reasonable price. He went ahead & bought me a round trip ticket for 32 pounds which was 50 US dollars. He got me a seat on the East Midlands train that left St. Pancras/Kings Cross Station at 8:29AM. It was scheduled to arrive in Leicester at 9:45AM. Rob told me he would meet me at the train station. When I got there, we met up again. We walked over to his car which was parked nearby. In the process, we passed a statue of Thomas Cook. Like in Australia, it was odd to get in on the left side of the car & not be the driver. Unlike that Monday, the weather was dry for the time being. Rob proceeded to drive around. He pointed out different landmarks along the way.
|Rob Campion's car|
|Rob at the wheel on the right side of car|
|Melton Mowbray Town Estate|
|Melton Mowbray Marketplace|
|Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe|
|Melton Mowbray Pork Pie|
|Dickinson & Morris Pork Pie Champions|
|Sausages at Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe|
|Anne of Cleves - First built in 1384|
|Anne of Cleves House & Pub|
|All Saints Church Asfordby in Village of Hoby|
|All Saints Church Asfordby|
|Countryside in Village of Hoby|
|The Blue Bell|
|List of Real Ale & Cider|
|Lunch at The Blue Bell|
|Rob Campion's House in Leicester England|
|I was attacked by Millie LOL|
Stay tuned for another special post that will go into detail about the rest of our time together that day.
Thank you for reading & following along.