HELLO EVERYONE : .... I AM BACK AS PROMISED .... ON A MID-YEAR BREAK... SO HERE I AM .... WITH ANOTHER HOPFULLY ENJOYABLE STORY FOR YOU:
THIS IS A STORY THAT HAPPENED TO ME AND A TWO FRIENDS OF MINE..... IF ANY OF YOU HVE RED MY OTHER STORIES YOU'D NOTICE.... I HAVE AN ODD MAGNETIC ATTRACTION WITH THE SPIRIT WORLD.... USUALLY IT IS ONLY ME WHO EXPERIENCES IT.... BUT THIS TIME I HAD TWO WITNESSES.... WHO WERE MORE THAN A LITTLE FREAKED OUT ABOUT THE WHOLE EXPERIENCE...... THREE IF YOU COUNT THE DOG..... BUT YOU WONT GET MUCH OUT OF HIM....
THE STORY : STARTS IN A LITTLE WEST OF A PLACE CALLED SHEFFIELD PLAINS.... A TOWN CALLED BRIDGETON : ITS IN ENGLAND: IF YOUR LOOKING FOR IT: ILL PUT SOME DRIVING DIRECTIONS AS WELL AS I CAN DURING THE STORY: I HAVENT THE BEST MEMORY SO IF YOU WANT MORE INFO PM ME AND ILL TRY MY BEST TO DO MORE: THOUGH I SUGGEST YOU DONT DO THIS TRIP ALONE; FOR REASON'S I WILL STATE IN THE STORY... AND DONT GO IF YOUR TIRED OR HAD ANYTHING TO DRINK....PLEASE.:
BRIDGETON : AT THE START:
Between races when I get a chance I visit various friends. and or family most of the time its the only chance I get to see them when its racing season... In the Mid-Year break I usually make one special extra trip to the UK. I have a Friend... Ive known for years who lives in Bridgeton..He is a Former racer who lost use of his legs in a serious crash in Germany in 2000. He is now almost blind also due to problems from the crash. But he has one almost good eye.... But Im guessing after the night we had he'd wished he'd stayed asleep in the back seat while I was driving with another friend... His Brother In Law in the Passanger seat. But the dog wanted more room on the back seat and He was finding it difficult to sleep sitting up. (THe Dog By The Way is His... The Dog kind of acts like one of those care dogs for him. ).
It all started after Dinner at about 9pm. Or there abouts. Drew (Thats the Former Racer) and his brother in law who we'll call "Eddie" asked me if I could take them to pick up "Eddie"'s Wife who we'll call "Mandy" from finishing doing the dinner service at the resteraunt she works at ... She's the Head Chef at "CREOLE'S BAR" Nice place to eat... If you dont mind it being real spicy Cajun sytle food..... The locals love it. And If I get a chance I go when I have the time to catch a meal... "Mandy"'s a Great Chef.... I have Cajun Blood and Love Spicy food... It dosent both me I grew up with it.
Even though "Mandy was origionally getting a lift from a friend , we got a call earlier in the night from "Mandy" saying her friend called in sick to work that night and so she had no ride home. I would have let "Eddie" drive... But he had not been feeling so good either and was really tired.. I was afriad he would crash or something. And I didnt want that.
So after loading Drew and his wheelchair and dog "RIngo" into the back of the car. I helped a tired "Eddie" into the passenger seat. (Nope, I dont know where I get the energy either),,, And I jumped into "Eddie"s Old Jaguar a nice old White XJ6... Not Bad , but the old gals body work has seen better days. But the car had good brakes , a well cared for V12 Engine and damned good lights... So that was gonna make the trip a little easier on all of us. Drew and Ringo came because they dont like being left alone and Eddie and Mandy are Drew's Carer's these days.... And we all like Drew's Company... He still has a wild sence of humor. Plus he's a nice guy and I knew he'd help me keep awake and focused on the drive... We'd been friends a long time and we too are almost like brothers.
Anyway When you leave their House in Bridgeton to get to Sheffield Plains you turn right onto the Main Street a road called "Old Burnham Road" . I wont give you Eddie and Drew's Address they will never forgive me. We took the "OLD B" (As the Locals Call it) West out of town... 5 miles out of town you take a left onto the A16 to Sheffield . You drive North along the A16 ( About 15mins Drive) to you get to the LOWER SHEFFIELD Turn off Ramp. Its heavily surrounded by trees and the sign is easy to miss if you dont know where to look for it as it isnt on one of the main posts.... The Off Ramp is only a Secondry Ramp and mainly only Locals Use it and the Exit isnt very well kept... If you miss it and most do ... Get off at the SHEFFIELD MIDTOWN and turn left on the second Main Set of Lights and go back towards LOWER SHEFFIELD and turn right at LOWER SHEFFEILD DRIVE. .... If you didnt miss the ramp... Your already on LOWER SHEFFIELD DRIVE.... SO you dont have to turn off for a while yet. Keep Driving (About another 5-7mins) down to you get to the sign that says SHEFFEILD PLAINS TURN OFF AHEAD.... Obviously when you get to the turn off ... Turn onto it. The SAID ROAD FOR THE STORY..... THE HAUNTED ROAD FROM SHEFFIELD PLAIN TO SHEFFIELD ON AVON.... I Had at this stage drived on this road at least 8 - 9 times before and this was the first time anything like this had happened to me or my two friends who travel on the road all the time.... I wonder why still that these things chose this nice....Why us? We will never know I guess... They didnt tell us anything thats for sure.
THE HAUNTES SHEFFIELD PLAIN TO SHEFFIELD ON AVON ROAD : ITS ONLY A SECONDARY ALMOST COUNTRY TYPE ROAD : NOT WIDE AND SOME OF IT ISNT PAVED WELL... BE CAREFUL AND DONT DRIVE FAST IF YOU GO: THE DRIVE FROM THE START OF THE ROAD UNTIL YOU REACH SHEFFIELD ON AVON WILL TAKE YOU ABOUT 15-20MINS: LONGER IF ITS RAINING CAUSE THE ROAD IS SLIPPERY AND VERY UNSAFE WHEN ITS WET: IF YOUR A NEW DRIVER OR UNSURE OF DRIVING WELL.... GO WITH SOMEONE WHO IS MORE CONFIDENT WHO CAN TAKE OVER IF IT GETS A BIT TOUGH: AND IT REALL CAN BELIEVE ME:
We were driving down the road a bit and at first nothing was out of the ordinary..... Until we got to this little cross road hardly more than a walking path , definatly not a road for cars... Horses Probably when ridden or for people on bicycles.... But unless you have a very good 4 wheel drive I wouldnt risk it... It dosent go anywhere really that interesting anyway (Ive been down it a couple of years ago... It used to lead to a couple of old farm houses... But they arent there anymore only the ruins of an old barn.
THE WHITE GHOST HORSE : ROAD GHOST ONE:
Going back to the road... I was looking ahead and drivingtrying to concentrate on the road when EDDIE suddenly yelled out "What the F*(&* is that horse doing?". Wondering what he was yeling at I slammed on the breaks and looked up as he startled me..As people yell like that usually if somethings in the road.
I looked up just in time to see what Eddie was yelling about (Eddie is usually sensible and dosent yell unless something isnt right to him), I looked up and then I saw it at first I thought it was a horse who had got loose from one of the stables near by... You get it alot in that area its another thing you have to look out for on that road is loose horses and horses with riders. But as I watched it looked strange there was this horse ... Nearly as white as the car trotting back and forth in front of the car... It would go down the lane a bit in the direction of the old ruins and back across the road and a little on the lane on the other side.... But after watching it a couple of times and thinking the poor thing was obviously frightened ( I own horses and it was acting in a manor that horses do when they are scared or upset at something near them).. I watched the horse come back and for the first time I noticed one of its forelegs wasnt straight from the knee down..... It didnt look at all good. THinking that the horse may have been hit by a car or had stumbled somewhere... One thing was for sure .... IT was sad enough to see let in known think of... This poor mite had a broken front leg. It was more than a little obvious it was swinging as it walked and it didnt touch the ground. (Ive had a horse who did this in a paddock accident and unfortunatly we couldnt save him as he'd also lost alot of blood by the time we found him.... Usually too horses If they break their legs can rarely be saved its very hard I know but its the awful truth... Look at racehorses like Barbaro..).... I threw my phone to EDDIE and told him to call the police and a Vet if he knew one... I was going to go and see if I could at least get the poor Creature to stand still and not try to make whatever injury it had worse. I opened the door just as the horse came back in front of the car... It wasnt wearing any halter or anything so I took off my belt ready to loop it around its neck loosly like Id done for other horses in the past..... As I tried as I could in soft tones talking to the horse as I followed it to the other side... THinking it would probably either Bolt (Unlikely on three legs) or come back again as It had been doing and Id get it as it did. AS it had before It hobbled back .... And in stead of stopping as it got closer it looked like it was going to try to walk right through me.... The eyes looked blank... And I thought it was obvious it was probably in shock and in alot of pain...SO again I spoke softly... And for a second it stopped like it had just only realised I was there in front of it.... I moved forward still talking softly (You dont want to move fast and frighten a strange horse especially one that is hurt.) Just as I was to put my belt around its neck and turn to Eddie in the car and ask him what was going on..... The Horse DISSAPEARED...... No fading out.... It was there and then it just wasnt ............ I was freaked out.... At first. Reaising the poor creature was yet another ghost... I just got my wits together and was about to walk back to the car when I heard EDDIE yelling at me to move fast.... I got around the end of the car to the door in time to see suddenly THE HORSE HAD APPEARED and had bolted flat gallop less than 10 inches from my left arm............. And down the other side of the lane.... Just as it got to the edge of the lane...... IT DISSAPEARED Like something like a flick of candle ligjt and it was gone.... I didnt wait to see if it would come back so I jumped into the car and did up my seatbelt and drove off......
I yelled at Eddie "Did you call the police or anyone/" Half in shock and
Eddie said "Hell No, I was waiting to you said something.... And then when that horse just disapeared the first time I dropped the phone in shock. By the time I got It and looked Up... I saw you near the car and that damed thing just reappeared just like that (Clicking his fingers ) and I yelled out to you just in time..... And what the F&(& is with it dissapearing again before it got to the otherside lane?"
I didnt know what to tell him other than that was the oddest ghost Id ever met... And I have met some odd ghosts.....
I WILL POST MORE STORIES ON THIS ROAD IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS...... ITS GONNA TAKE A BIT TOO PUT THEM ALL DOWN AND IVE JUST REALSIED ITS 4 AM ..... I NEED MY SLEEP.... AND I HAVE A FEELING SOMEONE OR SOMETHING SOMEWHERE IS GONNA THUMP ME IF I DONT GET SOME REST...YES GHOSTS THUMP...