So we trundled gently to Wolverhampton, with free wifi, which (as previously mentioned) Virgin don't offer to the common herd in second class. We dashed from platform 2 to platform 1 and just caught the train to Shrewsbury, which gave us an hour there. I have spent many hours on Shrewsbury station, but the weather was fine and it gave us plenty of time to go to the loo and eat a cheese and ham toastie (G) and a bacon bap (me).
I had wifi on the platform until the Birmingham train left, so I was keeping up via Twitter with the debate in the House of Commons. The train to Aberystwyth was pretty full, but we got seats and I alternated between reading Atomic Habits and Twitter on the journey back to Machynlleth where the car was waiting.
I now need to perform the Oyster ritual i.e. check the balance on the pay-as-you-go travel cards that you can use on all the London transport. I know you can quickly look online, but before I put them away, I note the remaining balance on each card on a post-it note so if we need them again, I can see at a glance whether there's enough money left or whether I need to top them up before we travel.
Yesterday I completed my 31st consecutive journal entry, so I successfully completed the challenge. Having got back into the habit of posting to LJ again I intend to carry on, though won't necessarily do every single day.