Got a text off Dad at 5.30 am ! Only picked it up when I got up. He's made it safely to Phuket along with his bike! He managed to break his reading glasses (probably in the coat of many pockets!) at Heathrow airport but picked up a pair in Boots for £17.50! I can hear him now "how much!" as the ones he'd broke probably came from the Pound Shop!
He's staying at Paradise Mansion, Patong Beach. The blurb says ... "Located at the quiet end of a bustling area off Rat-U-Thit Road". Somehow with a Road name like that it no longer sounds like Paradise ! Patong is the main tourist area of Phuket which doesn't really sound like Dad's cup of tea! However he is only using this as a base while he waits for Dave to arrive. Hopefully they will also store Dad's bike box for the return journey.
I'd text him the cycling results from last night and he text back to ask how Stoke had gone on! They play today.