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Published: August 27th 2018
When I found some cheap bus tickets to go to Edinburgh I was quite up for visiting Scotland for the first time. What I didn't realise was how long and boring 10 hours on a bus by myself would be. Clearly I was not prepared to go all the way back two days later on the same bus. This is when I came across Corinne's post on Couchsurfing who was looking for hitchhiking partner down to London. This sounded perfect and I decided to meet her in a charity shop she was working in.
When I met Corinne I instantly liked her. She was friendly and very chatty. She told me about her recent hitchhiking experience and the plan she had getting us down to London. The next day early morning we met to start our adventure. It was not easy to find a good spot for our first lift and it took quite some time before someone stopped and offered to take us down the road. The guy was nice, quite and only dropped us off in one of the suburbs just outside the city center. The next ride came along very quickly. We hopped in, but after a
while of driving we realised that we have seen the buildings and that we have indeed been here before. We were going back into the city center. Did we really stand on the wrong side of the road trying to get our next ride and were going back into Edinburgh? I guess that's what happen when an American and a German travel together. I think all in all it took us about 3 hours to get out of Edinburgh alone.
Most of the rest of the journey went very smoothly though. Once we left the town we got a lift by an older man, he was very friendly and told us about his hitchhiking experience when he was younger. He dropped us off at one of the many roundabouts because apparently it was a good spot to hitch a ride.We stood there for quite a while. A lot of people didn't have space to take us, others were quite confused to as why we were trying to hitchhike in this area and some probably just made fun of us. After what felt like forever, but in reality was probably just 20 minutes we saw a truck coming around the
roundabout twice and they guy waved to come off the roundabout and a little further up the road where he stopped. "Hop in" said the older guys steering the truck. I jumped into the passenger seat and Corinne jumped in behind us, sitting on what I assumed was a bed where the driver would sleep in his breaks on long drives. He told us he was going to New Castle for now, but if we could help him unload the truck he would take us all the way to Doncaster, which was almost halfway, so we agreed. After we left New Castle it was quite a long drive, so Corinne dozed off and let me do all the talking. The guy was fairly odd and he was smoking out the window like a chimney. After a while he asked if I wanted a coffee, since I assumed we would stop and get one I was happy taking him up on it. But when I said Yes he pulled out a little gas cooker and one of those little silver coffee makers you put on your stove. He fired up the gas cooker and advised it only took a few minutes.
All of this happened while he was still driving, thanks good he put away the cigarettes while making the coffee. I was more than baffled and couldn't get to Doncaster soon enough. The coffee was not bad though.
When we were dropped off just outside of Doncester it didn't take too long for someone else to stop. This time Corinne sat in the front with the driver and I took a little nap in the back seat. From what Corinne told me later this guys was pretty random. Apparently he was telling her about the military and how they know every step we do and they were following him, something on those kind of lines. I think she was pretty happy when he finally dropped us off at a gas station just outside London. I
It was slowly getting dark and we stood there what felt like forever. At some point we actually considered to take the train into London, but then a sports car stopped and asked if we needed a lift. It was a younger guys and he was quite happy to have some company, because he was up since 4.00 in the morning do to a pilot training. Even though he was super tired he offered to go into London to drop us off at a tube station so we would make out last trains home.
All in all it was quite a bit of an adventure, but in it took us only around 15 hours to do the whole journey from Edinburgh down to London, only 5 hours more than the bus would have taken. This was about 7 years ago and Corrine and I are still in contact we even went to visit her and her husband in Port Townsend in Washington last year.
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