The Westmorland hotel....
Tebay service station became famous.
Service stations are not meant to be lovely.
My connection with this place goes back by two decades.
A stopping place between Samye Ling and agony.
There was a period of time, between early September and late October when I could not accept that the father of my then unborn son, understood the consequences of chosing to do the 3 year, 3 month retreat.
I drove him and his belongings to Samye Ling. I'd booked us a stop over at Gretna Green. He didn't pick up the hint (Gretna famous for eloping couples and hasty marriage), he was as happy as larry and preferred to watch The Bill, rather than talk.
I think I visited Samye Ling just two times after....because really...he couldn't have understood what he was saying...
And each time
I'd stop just after the border between Scotland and England, buy coffee and petrol and sit alone at Tebay.
It's good for me to be back here