Sep 27, 1999
Pros: All very lovely
Well, what can I say - it's been quite a whirlwind of excitement!
Computer is still down - I need to upgrade my systems software to
8.5 or higher, or else I can't change my modem settings to be compatible
sucks big time, but hopefully i'll get something figured out at
Daniel's place later on.
So, I have all of what i did prior to now typed in on my computer,
and i'll have to post it on here later - it'll be like one of those
movies (like 12 monkeys) jumping in and out of different sections
Okay - I left St.Annes on a bright and early tuesday morn - 3am
to be exact! I was meeting Geof (an email friend from N.Ireland
& a truck driver) and he got delayed at the ferry station due
to heavy winds. so by the time he got going, it was getting later
& later & i had to catch a cab to meet him at the motorway
Right - drove to Dover to catch a ferry to Zeebrugge in Belgium.
We got a room with a shower - that was a welcome relief. We tried
to sleep, as Geof had been up a long time. He spent the entire day
at the ferry station in Belfast waiting for the wind to die down.
So, we then drove up to Amsterdam to make our drop off & then
load-up again. We'd stop here and there for food etc. but no real
sightseeing. We drove some more, thru Holland, all of Germany, Austria
and made a drop in N.Italy. The alps are beautiful! Lots of tunnels
going thru them as well. Inbetween 2 tunnels there was BOOM, a castle
on top of a big hill - so we both scrambled for our cameras. I got
a pic, but I'll have to post it later.
The countryside is quite pretty. Nothing terribly different then
at home. Italy was rather hazy - at first I thought it was fog,
but with the nice yellow tinge to it indicated that it was indeed
After that, we started to drive back. In hopes of going back to
Ireland... but I guess when I was sleeping on Friday - Geof's boss
called with new orders (not absolutely certain though) to go to
Dublin, switch trucks, and head off 1,800kms EAST of Moscow. 6 week
trip. Whoa, stop right there! I had to decline the offer to accompany
him on that one. So, after having smuggled me back over on the ferry
(i just laid covered in the bed, because his boss was cracking down
on the employees passengers, limiting them to only themselves)we
drove to a service station near Coventry. (a little south of Birmingham)
And tried to figure out a game plan.
So, I checked for hostels in B'ham - none.
Then Shrewsbury - closed at 9:30pm
(oh ya, since Geof had been driving for so long, he legally HAD
to take a 12 hour break. We could have pinched it down to 9, but
he already had twice, and that was the limit. So, we couldn't leave
the service area 'til at least 11pm)
We made some phone calls to National Express (coach service)and
checked my LP guide for info. I called Daniel, but he was overloaded
with his inlaws.
I ended up getting a cab into Coventry to the bus terminal.
The bus left for Manchester airport at 3:25am
um... it was 9pm when i got there
So I hopped a bus to the train station and immediately checked for
the next train to Manchester.
leaves at 21:21
time now 21:45
I rush to the 4th track to see if it's gone
there's been a delay, and i get on it about 30 seconds before it
I had previously called the hostel in Picadilly and they closed
at 11:30pm. There was no way I was getting there before then.
I called them once I got to the train station, and the security
guard was kind enough to let me in!
I caught a cab for about £3 and I was in.
I was so mentally and physically exhausted it was a welcome relief
let me tell you!
Anyways, it's their computer I'm using now. I would stay another
night, but apparently they are completely booked up. And I thought
this was the 'off season'... hmmm.
As for now, I'm going to call Daniel and perhaps arrange something
I hate giving such short notice, but I really had no idea what I
was up for - waiting & waiting for Geof to get his phone call
to see where he was heading next.
If he's not going to Siberia, or wherever, then I'll hook up with
him again & see some more of Europe. Talk about a cheap way
to travel. Everyone should have a 'lorry driving' friend!
So, I'm really 'flying by the seat of my pants' these days. I'm
sure I'll grow accustomed (sp?) to it.
Today, I don't feel like doing anything much. I'll probably hang
out here & read some brochures & watch some TV.
Oh ya - I called home, and my grandparents were mailed (via the
Concorde!!) my missing journal! woohoo! I was quite happy to hear
That's all for now - I hope everyone is well
And you can all sleep at night now that you know I'm still alive
thanks for being patient.