Since we arrived back in England last year, we've covered a couple of thousand miles in Jim. Over the course of our trip through America and Mexico we got an average fuel economy of 9.96 miles per UK gallon (8.29 mpg US, 28.35 l/100km), but Jim seems to have rewarded us for bringing him home by giving us some his best fuel mileage to date. Much of the driving has been at 55 mph on the motorway, but the journeys have taken us through the rolling UK countryside and occasionally up some steep grades on A and B roads in Cornwall, Devon and Dorset. Since coming back to the UK,we have average 11.40 mpg UK (9.50 mpg US, 24.77 l/100km), still not great, but closer to what I expected when I bought Jim back in 2007.
To thank him for his kindness, we took Jim to the Adventure Overland Show in Stratford Upon Avon, to hang out with other trucks and make some friends.
The weather was perfect and the show was great fun. We got to meet a lot of interesting people, check out some awesome vehicles, and listen to talks from people who'd done many of the things I'd like to accomplish before I shuffle off this earth. Even Boris had a good time, meeting other well travelled dogs, and walking along the nearby Stratford Greenway walk. I'd heard mixed reviews about the show from previous years, but I'm glad we went along, not least as we had the chance to bump into a fantastic couple that we first met in Guanajato whilst they were travelling south in their Wesfalia Sprinter.
Whilst in the area, we also took the opportunity to visit Stratford Upon Avon itself. A picture perfect quintessentially English town.