Event of the Year 2020

Strava Hoes' Hitchhiking Woes (Arrived)

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Updates

  • Jan. 23, 2020, 4:09 a.m. - 26 - arrived in Valencia bus station, just walking to hostel now
  • Jan. 22, 2020, 8:35 p.m. - 26 - just got on the night bus to Valencia!! (Alongwith half the other teams once again surprise surprise). Time to sleep and wake up where we wanna be :D
  • Jan. 22, 2020, 5:03 p.m. - 26 - arrived in San Sebastián - dinner time!
  • Jan. 22, 2020, 4:32 p.m. - 26 - driver didn't turn up and couldn't find anyone else so have jumped on a Blablabus to San Sebastián
  • Jan. 22, 2020, 3:29 p.m. - 26 - getting picked up in a couple of minutes by a lady to drive us to Irun, and from there we can try and hitch a lift to San Sebastián
  • Jan. 22, 2020, 12:45 p.m. - 26 - now been dropped in central Saint-Jean-de-Luz. Will try and aim for San Sebastián now to try and go somewhere bigger
  • Jan. 22, 2020, 9:40 a.m. - heading south on the A63 now woohoo, think we're getting dropped around Guéthary but currently passing Salles
  • Jan. 22, 2020, 9:29 a.m. - at the services just south of Bordeaux, lovely lady gave us a quick lift to get more long distance traffic
  • Jan. 22, 2020, 8:34 a.m. - 26 - just received a lift from a lady who said she'd get us 'closer', and turns out that by that she meant 2 junctions down the motorway... we are now at the total garage at the south side of pessac
  • Jan. 22, 2020, 7:50 a.m. - 26 - now at la Paillère trying to hitch a lift onto the A63 - we are told a team were here 10 mins before us and they're gone so could be promising :)
  • Jan. 22, 2020, 6:15 a.m. - 26 - we have arrived in central Bordeaux! Just doing a spot of sign making (Izzy is demonstrating the art of sleep-colouring) before we head out to the bypass to try and hitch a lift
  • Jan. 21, 2020, 9:44 p.m. - 26 - on the bus to Bordeaux now seemingly with half of the other race2 teams lol... time to sleep on the bus before we go again tomorrow!
  • Jan. 21, 2020, 9:06 p.m. - 26 - now at Bercy bus station to catch the bus to Bordeaux - highlight of the walk was Alex describing the Parisian architecture as 'samey'
  • Jan. 21, 2020, 5:56 p.m. - chilling in McDonald's after a hardcore touristing sesh. Now listening to Alex complaining that this meal is inferior to his cricket club afternoon teas lol. Going to walk over to the bus station after this for the bus at 11 o'clock then get on the roaaaaaad
  • Jan. 21, 2020, 3:02 p.m. - arrived at the Gare du Nord and have walked out to Izzy going 'OMG OMG this looks so Paris-y!!'
  • Jan. 21, 2020, 1:37 p.m. - 26 - now at the Gare de Montigny Beauchamp to catch a train to the city centre and get an overnight bus who our last driver has offered to pay for!
  • Jan. 21, 2020, 1:26 p.m. - 26 - been dropped beauchamp in north-west Paris so now going to try and make our way into the centre
  • Jan. 21, 2020, 12:33 p.m. - 26 got a lift to the suburbs of Paris so will head there and try and get into through from there. But WE'RE ON THE MOVE AGAIN!!!! Woooohooooo
  • Jan. 21, 2020, 11:21 a.m. - 26 - still stuck at hardivillers big whoop
  • Jan. 21, 2020, 7:56 a.m. - We solider on, hour 14 at these services. Just want to get out. So many people going north. At least if we were going home we'd have plenty of offers lol
  • Jan. 21, 2020, 6:12 a.m. - still stuck here, THIS SERVICE STATION MUSIC IS TERRIBLE, please get us out of here please please please
  • Jan. 21, 2020, 4:35 a.m. - back up again, time to get seeing if we can hitch a lift once more whoop
  • Jan. 20, 2020, 8:41 p.m. - 26 - a few hours' of trying later and we're knackered so have elected to stay the night at Hardivilliers and start to bed down
  • Jan. 20, 2020, 6:21 p.m. - 26 - Arrived at L'Aire d'Hardivilliers, see where we can get from here but if nothing else it's 24 hours so can always sleep here tonight
  • Jan. 20, 2020, 4:44 p.m. - 26 got a lift, aiming for a service station an hour outside Paris so finally leaving the services to head south woohoo
  • Jan. 20, 2020, 3:04 p.m. - 26 - now backtracked to L'Aire des Deux Caps, let's see how hitching from here goes
  • Jan. 20, 2020, 2:15 p.m. - 26 - still stuck in boulogne, getting a quick taxi to find a better area for hitching lifts
  • Jan. 20, 2020, 12:05 p.m. - 26 - now at McDonald's in boulogne, what else for our first french meal eh :P
  • Jan. 20, 2020, 11:29 a.m. - got a lift heading towards Boulogne-sur-Mer to drop us on the motorway, just glad to not be stuck in Calais much longer
  • Jan. 20, 2020, 10:26 a.m. - 26 - now at total garage off J3 of the N216, very quiet
  • Jan. 20, 2020, 10:05 a.m. - 26 - got a lift from a kind man on his way to Germany who's offered to give us a lift to the first patrol station in Calais, EU checkin!
  • Jan. 20, 2020, 8:12 a.m. - 26 - on the boat now, UK signoff!
  • Jan. 20, 2020, 7:36 a.m. - 26 - ferry tickets in hand, boarding in 10, and in an hour we shall set sail from Dover!!
  • Jan. 20, 2020, 6:55 a.m. - 26 - just arriving into Dover priory station on the train now, time to walk to the ferry terminal
  • Jan. 20, 2020, 5:59 a.m. - 26 - arrived at sandling station, next train in 40 mins and we'll be back on the roa- rails!
  • Jan. 20, 2020, 5:37 a.m. - up and walking to sandling station to get the train to Dover
  • Jan. 20, 2020, 1:24 a.m. - Just doing an update Cos I’m bored - TEAM 26, sorry if this is the wrong number, we are all good btw :) hope you guys are doing okay!! Hola, bonsoir! Or Bonjour? Izzy is on bag-watch whilst the boys sleep (dk what use I am really? I guess I look scary) and she is bored so would really like to take this moment to thank all our drivers today (despite the odd speedy whizzer) they were all lovely! And had a great few stories and interesting discussions, and put up with my appalling geography and confusion with how big london is. 12 hours 6 drivers Glasgow to the Channel! not bad ... Nicest people ever! Second shout out goes to these sofas at Folkestone 24 service. I’ve got so much leg room (guess that’s not hard). Excited to try get over the Water soon! Will be bargaining & begging, and much apologising for brexit
  • Jan. 19, 2020, 9:03 p.m. - 26 - time to crash at Folkestone services, have seen the full extent of the place and realised there are some eyecatching sofas which would bring this place up to a solid 9/10... I spy a cheeky 5:30 train tomorrow morning so bedtime it is
  • Jan. 19, 2020, 7:49 p.m. - 26 - now at Folkestone services, tried to get in to eurotunnel but turns out you need a car lol. Starting to suss how nice it'd be to sleep here: would say 7/10, open 24 hours is a positive but very limited range of comfy chairs ngl
  • Jan. 19, 2020, 6:17 p.m. - 26 - we're off to the channel and out of the cold again!
  • Jan. 19, 2020, 5:32 p.m. - 26 - south mimms services for us now, a vast open space full of shops which Izzy has described as 'cosy'
  • Jan. 19, 2020, 4:34 p.m. - Heading south again away from this service station who have PUNTED US OUTSIDE :'( Not sure we'll get too far but good to be on the move again
  • Jan. 19, 2020, 3:57 p.m. - now at Newport Pagnell, preparing for a wee while here but here's hoping someone is kind :)
  • Jan. 19, 2020, 1:17 p.m. - and we're off again! Back on to the M1 aiming Milton Keynes
  • Jan. 19, 2020, 12:31 p.m. - Arrived at wetherby services and Izzy seems to have decided we're racing to for kfc vegan burgers not Valencia
  • Jan. 19, 2020, 12:01 p.m. - Passing Northallerton on the M1 while Izzy tells an undertaker who was in prison for 24 years (as a guard!) that someone stole her gran in Yorkshire
  • Jan. 19, 2020, 11:22 a.m. - 26 - 1 minute in and without even time to get a vegan sausage roll from Greggs we are on the move again with the target of wetherby services
  • Jan. 19, 2020, 11:18 a.m. - 26 - arrived in Washington services which are disappointingly in Newcastle :P On the southbound side so optimistic we'll get moving soon
  • Jan. 19, 2020, 10:06 a.m. - wooohooo we are across the border and now in englandshire!! Now off across the A69 lol... ft. Alex having a concerningly enthusiastic conversation about nuclear warfare followed by a monologue on bell ringing
  • Jan. 19, 2020, 9:31 a.m. - 26 - now on the way south from Abington, getting a lift to Gretna or possibly on to Durham
  • Jan. 19, 2020, 8:23 a.m. - 26 - at Abington services, not the busiest but I had a weeeeee woohoo
  • Jan. 19, 2020, 7:55 a.m. - 26 - Just passed junction 6 of the M74, lift going all the way to Abington before dropping us. Awesome sunrise
  • Jan. 19, 2020, 7:43 a.m. - Got a lift from Glasgow, probably local to Hamilton services. Need a wee already
  • Jan. 19, 2020, 7:19 a.m. - dropped off in Glasgow!