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To notice it's always a 5 hour journey?

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MarthasGinYard Sun 20-Oct-19 23:10:59

Ever noticed this??

If ever there's a 'function' thread about a party, wedding or gathering that is up for debate it's ALWAYS '5 long hours away'.

"Been invited to a child free wedding, it's 5 hours each way"

"Mil is complaining she wants us to visit more often, it's 5 hours away"

I'm going to be BOLD and say I think Posters exaggerate this for max effectgrin

And yes I'm bored tonight

grisen Sun 20-Oct-19 23:21:00

eeehh for us it's a 4.5 hours driving non stop, but we don't have a car so 6-8 hours on the train or 12 hours plus on the coach. I wish it were just 5 hours.

grisen Sun 20-Oct-19 23:22:25

5 hours is easily, south to north, south to west, ect. And why bother going on a maps thing to figure it out for the sake of a forum.

areyouafraidofthedark Sun 20-Oct-19 23:22:52

It's 5 hours driving for me. West Yorkshire to South Devon.

puppyconfetti Sun 20-Oct-19 23:23:41

It's because 4 or less hours travelling time and Mumsnet will be saying people are silly for even questioning it. Most of Mumsnet do a 4.5 hour commute every day 8 days a week don't you know? Anyone who dares to be a bit dubious about a lesser travel time is just being ridiculous.

allthepeoplethatcomearound Sun 20-Oct-19 23:24:00

😂😂it does always seem to be five hours! Not a minute longer, not a minute less

MarthasGinYard Sun 20-Oct-19 23:26:39

'Most of Mumsnet do a 4.5 hour commute every day 8 days a week don't you know?'


Well exactly grin

MarthasGinYard Sun 20-Oct-19 23:26:59

'Most of Mumsnet do a 4.5 hour commute every day 8 days a week don't you know?'


Well exactly grin

Hingeandbracket Sun 20-Oct-19 23:28:18

Yep . YANBU it’s one of those special MN things like never being prepared to say what the hobby is.

RickOShay Sun 20-Oct-19 23:29:04

grin you think they might pep it up a little sometimes

MarthasGinYard Sun 20-Oct-19 23:29:15

Glad it's not just me.

I now do a kind of drumroll in my head as I read an Op where the imminent journey is to be announced....

MarthasGinYard Sun 20-Oct-19 23:30:29


Do you?

You first grin

MrsMoastyToasty Sun 20-Oct-19 23:31:55

It's 12 hours to our next family function on a Scottish island, provided the ferry is on time (no airport on said island), from South West England.

StCharlotte Sun 20-Oct-19 23:32:08

But It's true though.

Many years ago we went on a Bank Holiday week road trip:

Surrey to Devon - took five hour
Devon to Gloucester - took five hours
Gloucester to Yorkshire - took five hours
Yorkshire to Surrey - took five hours

MarthasGinYard Sun 20-Oct-19 23:35:06


'Bank holiday trips'

Don't count

I mean they were supposedly for pleasure, not the MN function summons 🤔

Pilot12 Sun 20-Oct-19 23:36:27

For our holiday this year we drove from central Scotland to Yorkshire, Saturday daytime and it was a five hour drive with two under five!

StCharlotte Sun 20-Oct-19 23:38:19

'Bank holiday trips'

Don't count

Good point well made. (I'd not long passed my test and was worried even my five mile commute was going to take five hours!)

TheJoxter Sun 20-Oct-19 23:38:35

@StCharlotte how did you make Devon to Gloucester take 5 hours??? You can get from Gloucester to the furthest part of Cornwall in less than 4!

MarthasGinYard Sun 20-Oct-19 23:39:17


Lockheart Sun 20-Oct-19 23:40:04

The furthest I've lived from my parents is 3 hours driving, AIBU? grin

SquirrelsInJune Sun 20-Oct-19 23:43:26

I've just put "5 hour journey mumsnet" into google (yep, I'm bored too) and there are indeed an extraordinary number of those threads. grin

The other favourite is where the ex-wife has moved away and the children have to be collected EOW. It's nearly always "a 3 hour round trip".

Butterisbest Sun 20-Oct-19 23:44:08

My husband drove from our house in Portugal to our house in Wales, it took him 5 hours each way. Not including 1 overnight stay, 1 night on the ferry, it took him FIVE hours.

MarthasGinYard Sun 20-Oct-19 23:44:23

Squirrels I'm gonna do the same now.

MarthasGinYard Sun 20-Oct-19 23:45:56

And yes the driving for SC threads and Ex moved threads does always seem to be the obligatory 3 hours.

Slightly nearer than a function but always a six hour round run.

Well spotted 🤔

RickOShay Sun 20-Oct-19 23:46:01

grin Can’t think of anything funny enough!

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