Jan. 22, 2020, 3:19 p.m. - We have arrived at the hostel in Valencia!!! In the end we managed to reach Barcelona spending £0 on transport which we are pretty pleased with. Shame we got stuck at the last hurdle but happy to be celebrating in Valencia tonight! 🇪🇸 Thank you to everyone who has donated so far and who helped us on our way 😊
Jan. 22, 2020, 9:37 a.m. - Relaxing on the train with team 13. Eating an unconventional breakfast of McDonald's chicken nuggets. Relieved to finally be heading into Valencia, but a 5 hour journey ahead of us. Time for some reading and Netflix.
Jan. 22, 2020, 9 a.m. - sorry, been too stressful to do an update! After being refused by both the ticket booth and driver of the bus, we speed walked 50 minutes through Barcelona to get to the train station. Once there we toured around the station talking to about 20 different members of staff, ALL of them refused us, despite pleads and showing them our torn up language card! After long deliberation we have decided to buy the train from Barcelona to Valencia, as realised to hitch further we would have to pay for a taxi out anyway, and worried that lots of cars won't drive due to bad weather, even the blabla car people we messaged! Feeling a bit defeated, but happy we made it this far without spending any dollar!
Jan. 22, 2020, 6:15 a.m. - Unsuccessful bus, wouldn't let us get on. Soooo back to the drawing board. Trying to get metro towards the train station to try and blag onto one of the trains!
Jan. 22, 2020, 5:41 a.m. - Team 1 up, after a night in hostel foyer, with a lovely guy who gave us coffee, churros and put a blanket on us as we slept! Sort of rested... waiting to try the 7am bus!
Jan. 22, 2020, 12:16 a.m. - Our attempts at blagging did not succeed as the bus was full! We are attempting to try again for the 7am bus. So have walked to a nearby hostel and the man kindly let us stay in the foyer! Lucky, as the rain is heavyyyyy. Night Night - here is hoping to more luck tomorrow morning.
Jan. 21, 2020, 10:57 p.m. - Arriving at Barcelona Nord bus station, heading to ticket office to blag our way to Valencia. send us luck!!
Jan. 21, 2020, 9:58 p.m. - Got a lift to the metro at the airport (sorry forgot to update as was chatting to the man). Then managed to get a lovely metro man to let us through the barriers and he gave us advice on where to go etc. hoping to blag the bus at 1am to Valencia! We are determined not to spend any money still :D
Jan. 21, 2020, 7:36 p.m. - Been dropped at a slightly (very slight) bigger service station. Out come the napkin signs again!
Jan. 21, 2020, 6:55 p.m. - Hip hop hooray. picked up by a very excitable Spanish/Catalan man, who use headed to drop us at a Barcelona service station! Pretty cool music on. glad to be rid of that service station, was deserted.
Jan. 21, 2020, 6:18 p.m. - Have ordered burger king... sitting at the window to watch for EVERY car arriving...wish us luck
Jan. 21, 2020, 6:12 p.m. - well ... been dropped at a service station. pretty much lorries sleeping and about 4 cars. hoping to get a lift out of here. soon, as burger king closed at 11pm.... 4 hours to work with!
Jan. 21, 2020, 5:29 p.m. - Almost at our service station, which Catalina our driver will drop us at. Bit worried as the roads are looking very quiet in our direction, but ready to hitch hitch hitch.
Jan. 21, 2020, 4:30 p.m. - Jamie is now munching on some complimentary canned pineapple as we cruise closer to the Spanish border! Looking very rainy outside, the road South may be closing, and we are neck and neck with several other teams. Hoping for a top 5 spot, Race2 actually feels like a RACE for once 😂
Jan. 21, 2020, 3:26 p.m. - Loving our lorry ride! Has involved lots of calls to various other lorry drivers, tooting as we drive past, and even ringing his daughter so that she can translate some of his Romanian to us! Our driver is so cheery, and you get great views from this height!
Jan. 21, 2020, 2:31 p.m. - Race2 has its ups and downs, and what just happened is a perfect example. Our dream ride to Valencia left without us, and we were feeling pretty sad... but have just got into a lorry with a lovely Romanian man headed to Barcelona!
Jan. 21, 2020, 10:27 a.m. - Team 1 just arrived at a service station north of Montpelier! Have found team 19 inside :D We have been super lucky and the first man we asked is headed to Valencia, but due to snowy road closures he can't leave until 5pm this evening. So the current plan is to stay around here and ask lorries if they are leaving, but if not get the lift then!!!!
Jan. 21, 2020, 8:04 a.m. - Whilst we are sitting comfortably in the warm van, we want to take the opportunity to thank everyone who has been super kind on our journey. Lots of people have stopped to chat to us, been interested in where we are going and how. We've had some kind people who would give us chocolate and coffee, and donations for our charity pot! Despite these people not being able to give us a lift, they lifted our spirits :D
Jan. 21, 2020, 6:39 a.m. - Awake! quick shower and jumping back in the van for our last 4 hour stint with Steve. looking forward to approaching the Spanish border as we tracked all the groups this morning! On the move.
Jan. 20, 2020, 10:13 p.m. - After a huge Italian meal we are headed to bed in a hotel in Lyon, ready to get a lift with the same man in the morning onto Montpelier! Sleepy time :)
Jan. 20, 2020, 8:23 p.m. - At our accommodation in Lyon! our driver has had a VERY long day so is off for a well earned rest before we leave for Montpellier in the morning!
Jan. 20, 2020, 6:05 p.m. - Just finished a riveting book, listening to some great 80s music, and enjoying reading other team's updates!
Jan. 20, 2020, 3:41 p.m. - Enjoying a relaxing drive with sun streaming through the windows. Hearing about all the past jobs our driver has had! Onwards to Lyon tonight for a sleep :) High high high spirits
Jan. 20, 2020, 2:55 p.m. - quick stop at a service station! having a lovely journey through the fields of northern France! planning to stop off in Lyon tonight and then our driver will take us to Montpellier in the morning :)
Jan. 20, 2020, 12:27 p.m. - Team 1 have just arrived in Europe via the channel tunnel! UK SIGN OFF and EU SIGN ON :)
Jan. 20, 2020, 11:01 a.m. - Have just been picked up by a lovely man not only heading through the channel tunnel but all the way to Montpellier!!!!! Over the moon :D
Jan. 20, 2020, 9:44 a.m. - We head towards our 3rd hour at Maidstone. Holding out hope for a lift!
Jan. 20, 2020, 6:56 a.m. - We are AWAKE and headed back to Maidstone services! feeling much more fresh after a nice sleep - thank you to our wonderful hosts, Phil and Sheila!
Jan. 19, 2020, 9:50 p.m. - Headed to sleep at Sheila and Phil's, as ever the best hosts!
Jan. 19, 2020, 5:59 p.m. - Still en route to Maidstone services! Planning to stay at Eve's Aunty Sheila's tonight, in Sittingbourne :)
Jan. 19, 2020, 4:12 p.m. - Wow, got off at Stafford services and waited about 10 minutes before a guy who already had two race 2 people in his car offered us a lift! So Happpyyy, headed to Maidstone.
Jan. 19, 2020, 1:46 p.m. - Annoyingly our promised lift to London let us down, but have managed to find a lovely couple who are Bristol bound. Onwards and upwards (or downwards !)
Jan. 19, 2020, 12:53 p.m. - Team 1 are in HIGH spirits. got dropped at Gretna green, and managed to get a lift within 10 minutes to London. Waiting in subway for them to do some shopping, then hitting the road.
Jan. 19, 2020, 11:20 a.m. - In same car, headed all the way to Gretna Green with two lovely ladies.
Jan. 19, 2020, 11:09 a.m. - Soooo excited to get our first lift! heading into M47 to find a services, lovely lady outside Starbucks saw us trying in vain to get a lift and said she would drop us. We also got to stroke a very cute dog. Finally southwards bound
Jan. 19, 2020, 9:38 a.m. - Team 1 managed to blag a bus out towards Hamilton!
Jan. 19, 2020, 7:41 a.m. - Team 1 off the bus trying to flag a car down near the slip road to the M74