I decided at the last moment to change things up a bit this day and
find a lower-key destination, away from the city a bit. Instead of Newcastle,
I came to small town just outside Morpeth. It’s a beautiful area
with lots of different colors and some attractive mountains in the horizon.
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After touring the town a bit, I settled into the Queenshead
Pub for dinner, football, and a bit of Wi-Fi. It’s a very
local pub where many patrons bring their dogs along, who then lie about
on the floor and clearly have been here often enough to be exceedingly
comfortable. The pace of travel thus far left me appreciative of a nice,
quiet evening, with a few pints, a lineup of football games, and some
very good food thrown in.
I changed pubs after the first game, moving over to the Newcastle
Hotel, and I found many of the same people who were at the first
one. That was fairly amusing. It’s a two-pub town’s version
of a pub crawl.
The people of Rothbury are very nice and I struck up conversations
with many of them as we followee the football games and sipped some
pints. They were very interested to know where I was from and why I
was here. We talked a lot of football, but horse racing seemed to be
of particular interest to the locals. They watched race after race and
wagered on most. It was a very enjoyable evening.