May 21, 2013
It has been a while but I’ll update a few things.
This March I moved from my home near Durham down to London for a new job as a NOC Engineer. I keep the servers happy for many large companies.
And with that comes money to travel a bit. Following on from my amazing time traveling the UK last summer to visit various music festivals I’ll be doing a few more this year on the cards are Glastonbury as always. Then Beacons Festival and 2000 Trees are looking good.
Back in December I spent a week traveling around London, Paris and Amsterdam. Still yet to get those scanned.
In the works are a trip towards the end of summer (Aug/Sept) via Reykjavik to Seattle down to San Francisco. I’d be driving from Seattle to San Francisco if anyone would be up for a road trip down Route 101. Should make an awesome adventure.
Lot of plans for escaping day to day life yet not found somewhere to live in London.
How have you been?
October 7, 2012
1000 Miles On Kindness
Yes! It’s here eventually. My escapades of hitchhiking over 1000 miles around the UK in June for just short of 2 weeks.
I thought to myself on this little adventure if I was missing out on seeing things by traveling by the means of hitchhiking. But then again, I thought I’d have missed an awful lot more had I traveled to each of these towns, villages and cities by train, plane or coach. I was in touch with the world not locked in my own little space but out there. It was nice to have ventured out on a journey that can’t be bought nor repeated in a way.
May 2, 2012
Okay, so here goes. I went hitchhiking on Monday partly ‘cause I fancied it partly encouraged by a few words a friend said to me, “Stop saying you will and just do”. Why Berwick? I wasn’t too sure until after. It just looked a nice place when I passed on the train coming back from Glasgow last summer.
I waited two hours for my first lift (11:20am) at Washington Services from an old man called Tony, he’d just driven up from Leeds and was heading to Holy Island to meet his son. He dropped my off just before the turn off at these services pictured above.
My second lift only took 10 minutes wait from the layby beyond the turn off from a guy called Keith, he was on a work training course in Berwick itself. I got there at around 1pm.
Berwick was nice I got chips, wandered to the beach to find I was on the rocky not so nice bit and popped into a pretty cool eco friendly shop.
After a fair bit of wandering I decided to begin my way back. I walked a mile south of Berwick and went into Tesco, it was built half with wood so smelt like a tree house. I then continued on to the roundabout that connected the A698 to the A1. Not the best place to hitch from but after 5 minutes I had a lift.
Didn’t catch this guy’s name but he was a fairly outdoorsy type person. Told me lots of stories about hitchhiking from when he lived down in Cornwall. It was a short lift, just 9 miles back to Beal filling station.
A short matter of minutes passed and my 4th lift of the day pulled up. Richard, he’s a trucker from Cramlington but was just on his was back from dropping his wife off in Berwick. Spoke to him quite a bit about hitchhiking, as he’s usually picking people up with driving so often. He dropped me off at Seaton Burn Services and told me to try the layby just after the slip road on the A1. After 10 minutes of waiting with my newly fashioned “A1 SOUTH” sign as cars sped past at 70mph I gave up and walked back to the services.
Before I had even gotten there, Andy (if I recall correctly) was just pulling out of the station and waved me over. He asked me where I was going and I replied with the same question and got the reply, “Wales” In the broadest Welsh accent I’d ever heard. So that was it, he delivered cars for a living and also told me he regularly picks up hitchhikers.
These signs helped me cover ~150 miles with 5 lifts and I enjoyed every bit of it, well maybe not the initial wait but i’s all part of the fun ain’t it?