After Bobet convinces me that I need a new waterproof 3 in 1 jacket, I find a reasonably priced North Face Brigatta Triclimate 3 in 1 Jacket on sale. Unfortunately the nearest store to have one in stock in my size is Colchester in Essex, so we reserve one online. We also find a North Face Womens 3 in 1 Jacket in purple for Bobet, which we also reserve online.
The following day we drive the 115 mile 2 hour trip to Colchester and arrive in time for the evening rush hour.
Unfortunately due to a mix-up the jacket reserved for me was not the correct size. After much deliberation I walk away with the warmer and more expensive The North Face Mens Evolution Triclimate 3 in 1 Jacket on sale, saving £40 - the cost of petrol to Colchester and back. Bobet also buys her jacket but later decides not to keep it as it's too big.
To make the most of our time in Colchester we make the short drive into the town centre and park up. We walk into the high street and find the local cinema where we grab a hotdog and settle down to watch Judge Dredd in 3D. After the movie we look for something more substantial to eat and are lucky enough to discover a steak house in the high street just before they close. On our way home we stop at Potters Bar service station for coffee while Bobet video chats with her sister and family in Chicago.
A few weeks later I walk into town to find the same jacket in my size for the same sale price as the one I bought in Essex, without the fuel cost.