|Stagecoach 86: Winchester - Basingstoke|
Before we started this journey, we thought it would be fun to apply to the Chris Evans show to see if they would like to track our “Lands End to John O’Groats via Ipswich journey” on radio. Again, we missed a trick and we realised, as we sped (literally) through Whitchurch to Overton that we should have said; “Lands End to John O’Groats past your front door”. Oh well. It was a fun journey, and I think I am starting to be able to spot those routes that are fairly tightly timed and take in every passing housing estate available.
|Stagecoach 2 - Basingstoke - Tadley|
I am not suggesting that they actually still test atomic thingamejigs there, but our next bus, Reading Buses X2 appeared almost luminous green!
|Reading Buses X2 Vitality|
Nevertheless, on board was Jake – Reading Buses PR man who escorted us on the journey into Reading. And in Reading, the main man of Reading was waiting for us – James Freeman and his Networking guy. Now, although the X2 is a relatively new service for Reading Buses, it isn’t operating their state of the art cow (sorry, gas) powered buses… which were the requirement for Reading Buses public relations. And so, we went off in search of one for a photo – and afterwards had our blog stipulated silly photo with case handle:
And there we were, Lands End to Reading… so we all went for a coffee (for which if I forgot – thank you very much James).
It felt a little odd, being waved off by the MD of Reading Buses as we departed on the First Bus 190 to Bracknell! The journey was smooth and uneventful, although Michael realised that after two days of our journey north to John O’Groats we were now travelling South! The driver was very interested in our trip (though he did confess he dislikes travelling by bus!). One comment – what is going on with the footpaths in Bracknell?! Lots of underpasses and a rather ungraceful jump of a centre barrier saw us at our first Travelodge of our stay.
|First Bus 190 to Bracknell|
And here is Wednesdays carefully crafted plan:
07:55 – Depart Bracknell on First Green Line (702)10:10 – Arrive at London Victoria – Buckingham Palace Road
10:15 – Meet with TfL… Jez swaps places with Peter Hendy… Michael happy once again. Jez hoping to meet sister in law, Harri. Jez happy once again:-)
10:58 – Depart London Victoria on Metroline (24)
11:30 – Arrive at London – Tottenham Court Road
11:41 – Depart Tottenham Court Road on Tower Transit (25)
12:40 – Arrive at Stratford Station
12:56 – Depart Stratford on Stagecoach (86)
13:55 – Arrive at Romford Station
14:05 – Depart Romford on Blue Triangle (498)
14:37 – Arrive in Brentwood – Sainsbury’s
14:57 – Depart Brentwood on First Bus (351)
15:34 – Arrive at Chelmsford Bus Station
15:40 – Depart Chelmsford on First Bus (71)
17:06 – Arrive in Colchester – Osborne Street
17:55 – Depart Colchester on Carters (91)
19:08 – Arrive in Ipswich – Old Cattle Market
19:10 – Meet with Ipswich Buses… much merriment will ensue