Jan. 23, 2020, 10:40 a.m. - Team 49 - At last! Valencia! After 20.5 hrs on this bus we are finally alighting, according to google a 25 minute walk from the hostel
Jan. 23, 2020, 8:02 a.m. - Team 49. Awake. Just passing Tortosa now, only a couple hours to Valencia now!
Jan. 22, 2020, 9:36 p.m. - Team 49. Still on the bus (of course) it's 20 hours long, not sure if we mentioned that? Anyway, we're just coming into Valence now, and Ru is dropping off a bit. The good thing is that we'll be overnight, a fact I think will give us an edge on some of the remaining teams. Sleep
Jan. 22, 2020, 7:39 p.m. - Team 49 - Just arriving into Lyon. Bus driver is on good form. Asked Struan for his choco milk in french and Struan just gave him it??? This is why we didnt do too well hitchhiking through France. Frodo hasnt left The Shire yet, and in The Count of Monte Cristo, "things are happening" according to Struan. Think your spoilers are safe for that one.
Jan. 22, 2020, 4:14 p.m. - Team 49 - Watching a very pretty sunset from the bus, about halfway between Paris and Dijon. So far there has been one ring and 0 lords so hopefully the book picks up soon :) I think Struan could nap the whole way to Valencia at this rate :/
Jan. 22, 2020, 1:53 p.m. - Team 49 - We are on a bus to Valencia! 20 hrs and we will Be There. Oh god thats a long time to be on the bus. Fortunately I have the Lord of The Rings audiobook downloaded (thank you friend)! And Struan has The Count of Monte Cristo to finish. So if you don't want spoilers for any of those I'd recommend not reading any of our texts. Didn't see any cooking rats in Paris and feel like I've been lied to. Hopefully our extended metaphor of being The Tortoise continues, and we can overtake a few teams, and not arrive to the hostel last!
Jan. 22, 2020, 10:51 a.m. - Team 49. In Paris! White stone buildings look beautiful. And now to the next stage of our plan...
Jan. 22, 2020, 8:16 a.m. - Team 49. You may be asking yourself Constant Reader, what chance we have at arriving in Valencia in time. I would remind our Constant Readers of the tale of the Tortoise and the Hare. We are, quite obviously, the Tortoise in this extended metaphor, and as for the Hare? Capitalism. And Rory McLion. One and the same truly; as Big Brother is the symbol of crushing totalitarianism, so is Rory McLion the symbol of undying captalism. But don't worry, Constant Reader, for we have a plan to slay capitalism, and Rory McLion
Jan. 22, 2020, 7:09 a.m. - Team 49 - Awake and heading to the train station in Saint Quentin, gotta get into Paris, very unfortunate although maybe we'll meet a nice rat that will cook us a lovely meal :) I hope ratatouille was a documentary :)
Jan. 21, 2020, 8:53 p.m. - Team 49. Sleep
Jan. 21, 2020, 7:09 p.m. - we've temporary retreated back into St Quentin town, but worry not Constant Reader for we have a plan come the morn.
Jan. 21, 2020, 4:32 p.m. - Still stuck in St Quentin, but spirits are high after a v nice French lady reworded our sign for us and bought us some v nice sandwiches!
Jan. 21, 2020, 3:25 p.m. - Still in service station. My French is very lacking :(. Struan has been on the phone to his girlfriend for like half an hour and I'm bored. There are about 10 customs officers all with handguns and its put me right on edge. Saw a massive dog.
Jan. 21, 2020, 1:52 p.m. - Team 49 - Arrived at a service station outside Saint Quentin. Only been here ten minutes and a lovely man was going north but bought us a coffee and helped us with our sign. Didn't have much english so it was a mix of spanglish and franglais communication. Espfranglais? Struan is glad we're out of towns as he was sick of me looking at road signs and going "heehee thats my name".
Jan. 21, 2020, 11:04 a.m. - Team 49. Managed to blag the train to Lille, currently looking at St Quentin as our next stop. Ru was v excited to get on a double-decker train and hit their head on the ceiling in such excitement.
Jan. 21, 2020, 7:32 a.m. - Team 49 - Awake in Calais. Gonna try hitch towards lille/anywhere south and if that doesnt work in a few hours, get the train.
Jan. 20, 2020, 10:37 p.m. - Team 49. In a 2 star hotel, seems like we're going down a star every night! But it's a bed so fair enough. Up early tomorrow to get out of Calais ASAP! Sleep.
Jan. 20, 2020, 9:29 p.m. - Currently trying to hitchhike out of Calais, am confident we'll get out soon
Jan. 20, 2020, 5:35 p.m. - On the ferry to Calais. Struan has never been on a ferry before and I am, frankly, appalled. How has he missed out on one of the most fun/nausea inducing modes of transport?
Jan. 20, 2020, 4:14 p.m. - Lorraine was kind enough to drive us all the way to Dover!! heading for the docks to see what we can do!
Jan. 20, 2020, 2:15 p.m. - Picked up from Toddington, on our way to Canterbury!
Jan. 20, 2020, 1:51 p.m. - Team 49 - Thank you to Rita and Mandy for dropping us off at Toddington Services! Progress!
Jan. 20, 2020, 12:20 p.m. - Hopped in a car thats taking us towards Watford!
Jan. 20, 2020, 11:12 a.m. - Team 49 - Dropped off by Caroline at Norton Canes services in Birmingham, bought us a nice hot drink as well. Can't thank her enough!
Jan. 20, 2020, 8:13 a.m. - Success! Finally! Same petrol station, a woman is going down to Cornwall and will drop us off on the M5. A nice, comfy land rover for a long journey.
Jan. 19, 2020, 10:54 p.m. - So Bus didn't let us on, so we trekked up to the truck stop to find out it's only Stobart so no hitchhiking for us! We've taken a room for the night and should be up nice and early tomorrow to try round 2!
Jan. 19, 2020, 9:06 p.m. - Team 49. Bus to London hasn't shown up yet, less than ideal but it'll take more than that to beat us!
Jan. 19, 2020, 4:51 p.m. - Team 49 - Struan can't smell. The only enjoyable thing about looking around Carlisle for a way out is being able to describe the scents of animal pee radiating from every other street in this city. Please get us out of here.
Jan. 19, 2020, 2:26 p.m. - At a petrol station just off the M6 in Carlisle. Everyone is very chatty :)
Jan. 19, 2020, 1:59 p.m. - Just crossed the border, thus ending my two year+ long streak of not being in england but c'est la vie. Struan has slept the whole journey and i had to do some very/ impressive maneuvering to get another pair of socks on.
Jan. 19, 2020, 12:19 p.m. - Successfully got on to a bus to Carlisle! This bus is so fancy its a normal one, except it has leather seats and laminate floors and coat hangars and usb chargers and honestly @stagecoach up your game
Jan. 19, 2020, 11:39 a.m. - Team 49- Struan is reading a miniature copy of The Count of Monte Cristo while I struggle to open a packet of raisins.
Jan. 19, 2020, 11:21 a.m. - Let out at Galashiels bus stop, eating lunch then gonna try and get a bus to carlisle, sandwich 1/8 eaten, and thank you to Fi and Gordon!
Jan. 19, 2020, 10:47 a.m. - Got in a car, on our way from a petrol station near Newtongrange, on our way to Galashiels, a man and his wife, the man is going to take our picture for his photography project!
Jan. 19, 2020, 8:50 a.m. - Team 49. Blagged our way to a bus to Gorebridge! Getting there.
Jan. 19, 2020, 7:57 a.m. - Blagged our way onto a bus, heading towards a park and ride, hopefully meet some kind people there
Jan. 19, 2020, 6:37 a.m. - Team 49- Touchdown in Edinburgh, cold