North Dorset Country
Sturminster-Newton Travel Blog› entry 5 of 25 › view all entries
(Blandford Forum and Newton)
Dave left to his university (he also went to get my bicycle at my old flat during the week end) and on my side I left by bus to Poole to return my uniform during the day, change my address and finalise everything with my employer. Then I took the bus again to Blandford Forum, which is a bit of a long ride and John would pick me there... I took the time to walk a bit around the town. But Blandford revealed more being a average countryside town with a church some nice average building and that's about it. I was more amazed by seeing an old milestone than anything else. I did some pictures of the main square still in the meantime while waiting.
I finally made my way to Sturminster-Newton and John's place by the evening.
The next morning, John was gone working and I woke up under a pouring rain day. That made me wonder pretty much what I would be doing, still leave toward Plymouth... or wait another day? I watched the forecast, assessed the weather and by late noon I made my decision of leaving and go to adventure as my mood was there and I didn't feel like abusing by staying in doing nothing either.
I walked down the road and started hitching, it was damp but not raining so I had a window.
I must say about Sherborne, it was another major typical english town... quite giving an impression of a Harry Potter Scene actually! No major traffic into town, nice shops and relaxed surrounding. I did everything (what I could) in a bit of rush and walked accross town until I could continue further (direction Yeovil in Somerset) for my next stop.
I got left just by another countryside hamlet, with its brownish stone building and hitched further until a slovakian took me some miles further into the countryside again and then another men too me more north than expected but I did reach the M5 corner.
I still tried but by darkness I gave up and tried to make my way to Exeter downtown which I had no idea where it was to find a transport to Plymouth. I walked along the road and lift my thumb on what was obviously more an industrial surrounding but one of the first car stopped and brought me to a more lively place where I could walk into town from, which I did and willing to hurry to make sure I would manage to catch a train that night, as it was getting after 8pm I hitched again. A student took me over and brought me to Exeter St Davids Station where I could continue further. I was his first hitch-hiker ever... in an urban environment! There is hope for the future!
So that was great and I managed to get a train within minutes. I sat on it and contacted Bart to let him know about my ETA, he would pick me up at the station so I simply relaxed ... and wasn't too worried as the train ticket was quite inexpensive... about 5 pounds.