|Carters 91 - Capel St Mary to Ipswich|
I realise that leaving Ipswich only to return on a bus may sound silly. But we want to do this properly. Not because we have to, but because well, why not… the people at the LEJOG Association would be bothered about it (perhaps) and serious bus people would certainly be bothered. And so, at 07:00, we stood at Cattle Market bus station in Ipswich having brought our trip back to where it ought to have been the previous evening.
|Ipswich Buses Town Shuttle|
|First Bus 88 - Stowmarket|
At Bury, we were met by Colin, a Stagecoach inspector, with tickets for our next leg of the journey. Stagecoach has been so generous to us in our venture, and whilst we have encouraged people to make the most of the PR potential, they have been happy to simply carry us. So THANK YOU Stagecoach – and thank you Stagecoach in Cambridge for the tickets. Off we went, on Stagecoach 11 to Cambridge. At Newmarket, worryingly, Michael thought he had hit the tiredness wall and was hallucinating; as we had to stop to allow a number of race horses across the road. Nevertheless, we arrived in Cambridge on time.
|Stagecoach 11 - Cambridge|
One of the people who has encouraged and helped us through the organisation of this trip is the Omni PR guru, Alison McCalpin (or O’Conner – depends on which day of the week it is). And, as we alighted the bus, tired and weary, an enthusiastic Alison greeted us with a huge smile. Having checked that we were clean and presentable we met with Cambridge News photographer, Keith, who snapped away. Now, Keith, I have never crawled on or off a bus on my knees (yet), so it felt a bit unnatural. Mind you, the photographs looked good (oh, meanwhile Alison was still bouncing around and taking photo’s of Keith photographing us…)
We were also meant to be meeting with BBC Radio Cambridge whilst there too. But, as there was no sign it was time to get coffee. Michael was back in the land of the living whilst I was getting the shakes (normally I have had any number of cups of coffee… my body cannot take none for that long!) Once Alison had found out where the radio person was (incidentally, still running around like a proper professional PR person) we gathered stuff and headed back to the bus stands.
BBC Radio Cambridge was a young lady with a microphone and an iPad… and after a bit of testing and checking of facts we were on. OK, it was a fairly general conversation and didn’t cover a lot – we didn’t get to mention the blog, for example. Michael, who has always wanted to be on the wireless, took control and, as soon as our bus turned up ended the interview. Not rude… just to the point and direct… very funny! Meanwhile, Margaret was engineering our seats on the B – at the front on the top of the double decker.
Stay tuned (see what I did there) to see the continued journals of our epic journey… its good… honest!
Tomorrows journey is pretty much as planned – though we hope we can meet with Trent Barton Bus before we leave Derby!…
09:13 – Depart Pride Park on Arriva (44) - this may be earlier dependant on information from Trent
09:20 – Arrive at Derby Bus Station
09:50 – Depart Derby on High Peak (Trans Peak)
12:45 – Arrive in Manchester
13:07 – Depart Manchester on First Bus (184)
13:30 – Arrive in Hollinwood
13:35 – Arrive at Omnibus HQ. Either coffee and biscuits or a meeting to discover why Michael and Jez haven’t done much work this week!........
The next bit will happen but times may be a bit varied… we need to get to Lancaster at some point!
14:44 – Depart Hollinwood on First Bus (184)
15:04 – Arrive in Manchester – Oldham Street
15:32 – Depart Manchester on First Bus (8)
16:33 – Arrive in Bolton – Great Moor Street
16:42 – Depart Bolton on Stagecoach (125)
18:19 – Arrive at Preston Bus Station
18:30 – Depart Preston on Stagecoach (40)
19:30 – Arrive in Lancaster