Jan. 23, 2020, 8:37 a.m. - Team 58 has arrived in Valencia, we are walking through a giant park on our way to the hostel. We blagged the team without actually talking to anyone, and we're looking forward to a little R&R
Jan. 23, 2020, 8:16 a.m. - On time to get closer to the hostel. Every foot on our team is smelling particularly putrid and very swollen. We are hoping to have to walk very little, but we can TASTE the finish line as the soft sun rises over Valencia.
Jan. 23, 2020, 7:55 a.m. - We are FINALLY out of the car which felt like an eternity and a half, as the men continually stopped to sleep. Now we are walking to catch the bus!
Jan. 23, 2020, 7:24 a.m. - Apologies for our delay sending safety texts- we have been sleeping in the car. We are safe and close to the drop off
Jan. 22, 2020, 10:06 p.m. - Team 58 is feeling very limited by our language skills, but seriously this man is an angel. And he is delivering this brand new car to Spain, meaning that we are driving in a brand-spanking-new BMW down the coast of Spain. this is the first time we have felt TOTALLY struck by luck.
The rain is starting to come down, but nothing can bring down our spirits. We are trying to explain how much we are losing, but alas, he cannot understand how we have 150 friends already in Valencia! The idea of a warm hostel bed sounds like the most lovely thing in the world. We are so very excited. Valencia- here we come! Also quick language update- Lauren needs to apparently find an Arabic-speaking man, Tobias knows more Spanish then he let on, and Hannah continually pipes up with her Spanish from under her warm backseat covers.
Team 58 feeling amazing, and sleepy, and ready for the finish line.
Jan. 22, 2020, 9:27 p.m. - This is unbelievable. We got a ride with the FIRST person at this station, and they're headed past Valencia!! We are UNBELIEVABLY excited. Then we find out they SPEAK ARABIC and spanish. We could all cry. They are being so so patient with us, and helping is work through all of our language barriers.
Jan. 22, 2020, 8:13 p.m. - We are in Narbonne!
Jan. 22, 2020, 6:07 p.m. - Clemon is giving us a ride to Narbonnes! So exciting. He doesn't speak much English, so we're teaching. Each other our languages. Team 58 is jamming to some stellar reggae and couldn't be better
Jan. 22, 2020, 4:48 p.m. - safe and outside toulouse!!
Jan. 22, 2020, 2:28 p.m. - We're in the car with a lovely Canadian Mediator. Plate no. Team 58 had just hit a low for the day, but we were surprised by this nice man willing to take us down to Toulouse.
Jan. 22, 2020, 12:36 p.m. - We are officially rebranding. Team 58 is now called "Highway Sludge"
Jan. 22, 2020, 12:19 p.m. - Walking to another petrol station further outside Bordeaux along a main highway. Team 58 can't be beaten
Jan. 22, 2020, 10:15 a.m. - Currently gas stationing outside Bordeaux, it's wet and cold, but team 58 is immune
Jan. 22, 2020, 7:13 a.m. - Good morning! HUGE thanks to Steve, Hugh and Pete for giving us the support necessary to get from Calais to CDG then on to Bordeaux. Couldn't have done it without you guys! Team 58 - feeling grateful
Jan. 22, 2020, 6:56 a.m. - off the bus and on the move in Bordeaux! feeling SO GOOD! team 58- ready for a croissant.
Jan. 22, 2020, 12:02 a.m. - Well, we're still on the bus, this is us signing off to sleep.
Team 58, with heavy eyes
Jan. 21, 2020, 10:46 p.m. - Update: The politics of shoe taking-off have created some serious tensions within the group, but alas, on the blablabus, Lauren has finally caved, joining Hannah on the dark side of stinky feet, released from their chains.
Jan. 21, 2020, 9:29 p.m. - We paid for a blablabus to get from the airport to Bordeaux with the money given to us by our wonderful lorry driver. It is sheer luxary in here. Our hummas and carrots and apples have truly never tasted better. Hoping to get breakfast with a friend of Hannah's in the morning in Bordeaux ;) Team 58 feeling spacious and full and excited to not be in last place any more.
Jan. 21, 2020, 7:53 p.m. - Accidently blagged a bus by looking desperate! what a win! looking to the airport for hope (or a long bus ride)
Jan. 21, 2020, 6:36 p.m. - finally landed near the airport outside of paris! we had the most ammaazzingg ride. such an amazing ride.
Jan. 21, 2020, 4:57 p.m. - sorry- we accidentally submitted. we have diet cokes and waters and a bit of fear about Paris due to our driver. hoping for good luck once he drops us near the airport!
Jan. 21, 2020, 4:54 p.m. - We are still in the lorry- the weather here around the north of France feels like the way my brain feels after waking up from a nap- foggy and distorted. The driver bought us all Diet Cokes and waiters, and filled us
Jan. 21, 2020, 2:56 p.m. - EU SIGN ON! We are finally at the other side, in France!! and now we have hopped into a lorrie which is taking us right outside of Paris!
Jan. 21, 2020, 2:15 p.m. - Just crossed the sweet sweet invisible ocean line which means we are into France. Now we are desperate to find a ride on the Ferry!
Jan. 21, 2020, 12:26 p.m. - Hey, just boarding the ferry now at Dover, team 58, a little hungry but relieved
Jan. 21, 2020, 10:16 a.m. - "I think inside deeply we really suck at this... and that's not constructive, I know, but it's just how I feel"
- team 58, savoring the good moments
Jan. 21, 2020, 10:13 a.m. - Just had another realization. If we had immediately started walking once we got in to Dartford, we could've gotten to Dover already.
Team 58, loving life
Jan. 21, 2020, 10:09 a.m. - Well, what we've come to realize is that we'd actually be winning if the race was suddenly reversed and you had to get back to Scotland as fast as possible. We're on the train to Dover, for real this time
- team 58, winning in theory
Jan. 21, 2020, 10:02 a.m. - Bit the bullet, and finally headed to Dover.
Jan. 21, 2020, 9:10 a.m. - Team 58 awaiting their fate at the Ashford international train station. We must cross soon... or else.
Jan. 21, 2020, 7:30 a.m. - Team 58, feeling so good
Jan. 21, 2020, 7:29 a.m. - Well, I think we might be in last place, but we are definitely winning this thing. We just had an amazing stay at Robin's house, got to meet his 3 year old daughter and take her to school
Jan. 21, 2020, 6:13 a.m. - Good morning! After some hot showers and hot food we are rejuvenated! We're going to be dropped off in a roundabout in Ashford, then hopefully we can get a ride across the channel!
Team 58, psyched and ready for action
Jan. 20, 2020, 11:53 p.m. - We're headed to bed now, staying with a wonderful Ugandan man named Robbie and his family, so great to relive a little bit of my childhood and hear how Kampala has changed over the last 12 years. Up around 6 tomorrow morning!
Jan. 20, 2020, 9:32 p.m. - We are staying in Ashford for the night
Jan. 20, 2020, 8:14 p.m. - We're with Robbie headed for Ashford, so we're pretty pumped, not going to lie.
Jan. 20, 2020, 7:40 p.m. - getting to Maidstone
Jan. 20, 2020, 5:15 p.m. - Wowza, so much excitement. Dean can take us across the channel tomorrow morning! A woman is possibly going to take us to Dover tonight. We're waiting on her friend to let her down, so she can take us instead going to see a movie. The fate of team 58 rests in the hands of a bad friend
Jan. 20, 2020, 4:27 p.m. - Currently stuck in Dartford, working on solutions. We'll get to Dover soon
- staying strong
Jan. 20, 2020, 2:28 p.m. - Done with the dentist, dropped at a gas station in Dartford, heading towards Dover and the ferry
A little turned around but still doing great
Jan. 20, 2020, 12:57 p.m. - Just jumped in the car with a horse dentist, possibly found my calling. We're wrapping around London and gonna end up near Orpington
This is team 58, absolutely crushing it
Jan. 20, 2020, 12:49 p.m. - HAPPENED to run into someone headed very much south of london!! we are doing it!!
Jan. 20, 2020, 12:30 p.m. - Now we are in Northhampton- just got out of the car where we properly scared the businessman who was alongside us in the car!
Jan. 20, 2020, 12:22 p.m. - We're taking with a lovely woman named Becky about a book we both read by Tim Marshall, it's called Prisoners of Geography. Worth checking out
Team 58 - Lauren, Hannah and me, Tobias
Jan. 20, 2020, 12:01 p.m. - It's me again (team 58), On the M1, headed south. How are you guys doing?
Jan. 20, 2020, 9:36 a.m. - hanging out
Jan. 20, 2020, 9:19 a.m. - Update time: I just ate an apple that I thought would definitely be bruised, because I'd been throwing it around, but it wasn't! A little too soft to call it a good apple though.
Team 58, wide awake
Jan. 20, 2020, 8:04 a.m. - AWAKE- we are waking up in a hotel I in Leicester! Going to be on the road in about an hour.
Jan. 20, 2020, 7:36 a.m. - Gonna get on the road pretty soon, still figuring out our plan now. We're in Leicester at the moment, and I'm hungry
Jan. 20, 2020, 1:35 a.m. - We are safe AND asleep- we had believed we were properly checked in!!
Jan. 19, 2020, 7:40 p.m. - We're on our way to Warwick to make camp for the night, then in to the channel tomorrow
Team 58, over
Jan. 19, 2020, 7:39 p.m. - Well, we're still alive. Plans are changing all the time. I've forgotten the taste of food, and remembered earlier that I need water to survive. It's harsh and cold out there in the wild, but we're holding strong. Still in the same car.
Team 58, over
Jan. 19, 2020, 5:34 p.m. - Crazy times, on the way to Birmingham-ish. We're doing great!
Jan. 19, 2020, 2:49 p.m. - Hope restored, I have faith in humanity. We're in the car with three black labs
Jan. 19, 2020, 2:48 p.m. - We just left Dunbar service center and are headed to Middlesbrough!
Jan. 19, 2020, 2:10 p.m. - You know what, when you've travelled for 9 hours and managed to hitchhike a distance that can be walked in nine hours, you really start to think
Team 58, from the warm McDonald's just outside Edinburgh
Jan. 19, 2020, 1:57 p.m. - Out and at the Dunbar service station.
Jan. 19, 2020, 1:07 p.m. - Out and into our next car
Jan. 19, 2020, 12:51 p.m. - We are in a car - driving to east Linton!
Jan. 19, 2020, 11:17 a.m. - Finally saved from streetside begging by a gentleman who enjoys golf and sweaters and vests
Taking us 10 minutes up the road to the a1
Jan. 19, 2020, 8:57 a.m. - Nevermind-- they were not giving us a lift
Jan. 19, 2020, 8:57 a.m. - Leaving edi getting on 702
Jan. 19, 2020, 8:31 a.m. - Out of car!
Jan. 19, 2020, 8:27 a.m. - Leaving shell out of edi
Jan. 19, 2020, 8:27 a.m. - In a car with Tony
Jan. 19, 2020, 6:39 a.m. - "Hannah! We're in Glasgow!"
- Lauren as we just got off the bus in Edinburgh