Event of the Year 2020

ZAG (Arrived)

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Updates

  • Jan. 22, 2020, 6:16 a.m. - Made it to the hostel! Exhausted, but crucially there.
  • Jan. 22, 2020, 5:05 a.m. - Team 2 - Just about half an hour outside of Valencia right now, managed to get a little bit of kip on the rest of the journey so we're prepped for the final stretch. Cannot wait to have a proper bed to lay down on at the hostel, it's well needed!
  • Jan. 22, 2020, 12:28 a.m. - Team 2 - We've spent a wee bit and managed to hop on a bus going to Valencia from Barcelona, that will get us in for early morning (roughly 6:30). Going to get some sleep while we've got the chance, more than ready to be in sunny Valencia!
  • Jan. 21, 2020, 11:41 p.m. - We're now in Barcelona! And even though we don't *quite* know nothing, we're slightly unsure as to how much the storms will affect our travel. Bus should hopefully be here *soon*.
  • Jan. 21, 2020, 8:57 p.m. - The year is 2020 AD. Gaul is entirely occupied by the French. Well, not entirely... one small bus full of Race2 hitchhikers is still making its way to Spain...
  • Jan. 21, 2020, 8:57 p.m. - The year is 2020 AD. Gaul is entirely occupied by the French. Well, not entirely... one small bus full of Race2 hitchhikers is still making its way to Spain...
  • Jan. 21, 2020, 7:42 p.m. - Gonna start sleeping for a little. Not gonna lie, it'll be a long one chief (even if the bus is quite comfy). Will be in Barcelona before midnight, where we'll either crash or (ideally) find some way to get onward.
  • Jan. 21, 2020, 5:46 p.m. - After no luck finding a lift, we've decided to head off to Barcelona on the bus. We'll likely arrive just after midnight, after which we hope to find somewhere to crash for tonight and head on to Valencia in the morning!
  • Jan. 21, 2020, 3:37 p.m. - Team 2 - Our driver dropped us on a road just before the highway, but we couldn't get a good spot where people would be able to stop for us. Had a good chat with a man who wished us very good luck and suggested looking online at train tickets online for next weekend - not quite sure we communicated the "race" part well enough. We're planning on trying to hitch a little more, but have the nightbus to Barcelona as our backup plan. Feeling hopeful!!
  • Jan. 21, 2020, 3:16 p.m. - Been trying to hitch at a service station just out of Toulouse for a wee bit with no luck, but a very kind driver has offered to take us to a slightly better service station up the road. If all else fails, we're thinking of grabbing a nightbus through to Barcelona, but hopefully we'll get a lift through at some point soon!
  • Jan. 21, 2020, 12:52 p.m. - Made it to the south of France! Somehow! Didn't manage to get much sleep but as they say, if you snooze, Toulouse
  • Jan. 21, 2020, 12:03 p.m. - Team 2 - Still on the train towards Toulouse, about 40 minutes away from here we reckon. In an attempt to stay alive we've had 4 double espressos between us, just about still kicking. Southern France is beautiful and seems warm for the most part but is getting cloudier the further down we go - fingers crossed we can still make it across the border tonight!
  • Jan. 21, 2020, 10:17 a.m. - Train has stopped for a bit in beautiful Brive-la-Gaillard! We're delayed by 25 minutes or so, but at least they speak French comprehensibly in the South so we can actually understand the announcements! Apparently the onward links are fairly horrendous at the moment but we will aim to get south as soon as we get to Toulouse
  • Jan. 21, 2020, 9:02 a.m. - Passing through Limoges! Em thinks it's like Edinburgh (she's wrong)
  • Jan. 21, 2020, 8:50 a.m. - We're now entertaining ourselves by staring directly into the Sun, this is Fine and Normal
  • Jan. 21, 2020, 7:27 a.m. - We're now passing through mid France! Jo is enjoying reminiscing of the Angevin Empire and Em still has a wet arse. Em will either be driven insane by her sudoku or Jo's Hundred Years' War trivia (it's 50/50 atm).
  • Jan. 21, 2020, 6:45 a.m. - Not quite our Maid(en) voyage, but passing through Orléans now! We should be Joan-ing the others soon. The stakes have never been higher.
  • Jan. 21, 2020, 6:32 a.m. - Jo has tried to speak French again. Draw your own conclusions.
  • Jan. 21, 2020, 5:38 a.m. - We're now on the train down south! Starting this early definitely doesn't align well with the slow pace of life in major European cities, but we can't afford Toulouse a day or two. Emily, like the absolute fool she is, has manage to spill an entire litre of water over her bag without noticing for about an hour.
  • Jan. 21, 2020, 4:43 a.m. - Nous sommes en marche! We've decided to go rogue and head off to Gare d'Austerlitz at an ungodly hour in the morning. Some may call us idiots; as do we.
  • Jan. 21, 2020, midnight - In Paris now! We will be leaving at 5:30 or so, gonna be a tough ride
  • Jan. 20, 2020, 6:32 p.m. - Team 2 - Milena and Thierry are absolute saints. Took us all the way through all the service stations en route to Paris to see if we could blag a lift off a lorry driver and when we couldn't, took us to the train station in Tergnier so we could get through to Paris by the end of the night. Going to be staying at the wonderful Léa Hachem's house (thank you, you're a star!) and will make our way out to Toulouse tomorrow morning. We're almost certain we can make it to Valencia by tomorrow at some point, so we're going to push for it as hard as we can!
  • Jan. 20, 2020, 4 p.m. - Arrived in the Continent! Currently going towards a service station to get a ride anywhere broadly south. Have so far resisted temptation to put on my gilet jaune and cause havoc.
  • Jan. 20, 2020, 2:23 p.m. - UK SIGN OFF: heading off to the Continent now! Hoping to hitch a lift somewhere outside of Calais. Brexit means Brexit, God Save The Queen, etc.
  • Jan. 20, 2020, 2:22 p.m. - UK SIGN OFF: heading off to the Continent now! Hoping to hitch a lift somewhere outside of Calais. Brexit means Brexit, God Save The Queen, etc.
  • Jan. 20, 2020, 1:09 p.m. - Team 2 - We've managed to meet some absolutely wonderful people at Maidstone Services, Milena and Thierry, who're taking us all the way through to the ferry from Dover and through Calais, eventually getting to north-east of Paris. Feeling incredibly lucky to have met them, and even more lucky that we got a final cuppa tea before we left! Can't wait to be on the continent!
  • Jan. 20, 2020, 12:15 p.m. - At Maidstone services now! Hopeful for a lift eventually.
  • Jan. 20, 2020, 8:20 a.m. - Heading towards Maidstone from Northampton now!
  • Jan. 19, 2020, 10:48 p.m. - Off to sleep shortly! We'll be back tomorrow to try to hitch a lift to the Continent.
  • Jan. 19, 2020, 9:44 p.m. - At Emily's aunts' house in Northampton for the night! Aiming to get a lift to Maidstone in the morning.
  • Jan. 19, 2020, 8:57 p.m. - Team 2 - Finally back on the road!! Shoutout to Emily's super cool aunties for dropping by when all hope seemed lost! Leaving Leicestershire and on our way to Northampton - from there going to try and grab a train through to London to rest for the night.
  • Jan. 19, 2020, 5:55 p.m. - We've made it to Leicestershire! We're at a service station adjacent to the M1, so only around two hours from London. Hoping there's no kings' bodies underneath the car park at the service station.
  • Jan. 19, 2020, 4:02 p.m. - We're now on the road to Wigan Pier, as part of our homage to Catalonia. If we manage to get down and out in Paris *and* London, this hitchhike might turn into an Orwellian nightmare. Roll on victory (gin).
  • Jan. 19, 2020, 2:16 p.m. - We've crossed the border and are now in gorgeous Cumbria! Aside from reminiscing about Rory Stewart's stewardship over this blessed plot, we're simply feeling happy to have made good progress!
  • Jan. 19, 2020, 1:17 p.m. - Team 2 - Made it to Hamilton Services all thanks to Olive's help! She really went out of her way to get us through here, it was very much appreciated. Managed to almost immediately get a lift that will take us all the way to Stoke in exchange for helping the driver Ian set up his phone. Feeling excited to be getting over the border, making more progress than we thought we might!
  • Jan. 19, 2020, 12:23 p.m. - Team 2 - We're very kindly being taken a wee bit further to Hamilton Services, hopefully be able to blag a few more lifts from there on out!
  • Jan. 19, 2020, 12:18 p.m. - Team 2 - After a long trek through Cumbernauld and it's dire shopping centre we've managed to grab a lift from a very kind lady. Heading towards the service station near Airdrie!
  • Jan. 19, 2020, 10:52 a.m. - Walking through Cumbernauld to try to find lift. Emily (18) thoroughly enjoyed herself on the swings.
  • Jan. 19, 2020, 9:34 a.m. - Team 2 - Ended up at a Shell service station just outside of Cumbernauld. Taking a quick breather before we get back to it.
  • Jan. 19, 2020, 9:04 a.m. - finally got our first lift!! Headed out of Glasgow to Falkirk in a car - relieved to be off our feet and making progress!
  • Jan. 19, 2020, 7:22 a.m. - Good news: in Glasgow! Bad news: in the southside. First step is to head for civilisation north of the Clyde.