Six people transforming the way they travel
Saturday is the one day I usually buy a national paper. But I really can’t justify a 5.4 mile round trip to get it. I was full of the cold, and also Martyn can get the bus for free, so he volunteered to try doing that and walking back. He has often been offered a lift when hitching and already met several of our new neighbours that way.
We knew there was a bus getting folk to the 10.55 ferry but didn’t actually check the time so it must have gone earlier than we expected. Martyn started walking and almost immediately got a lift from neighbours previously unmet, who also said they would bring him back. Our usual paper hadn’t come in, and of course you can’t just try a different shop. But the rest of the papers had come in on that ferry so the trip wasn’t wasted.
A friend had stayed on the Saturday night en route to Iona. She thought she’d booked the bus which passes our house about 12.45. But when it arrived it was full and she was told there wasn’t a second, and the next would be about 5pm. We’ll need to find out how to get this right as otherwise I’ll end up taking visitors back to Craignure to get on before the crowd. A daft round trip that shouldn’t be necessary. Happily for her a friend was coming by car and picked her up an hour or so later.
So to the Sunday and our first time in our local church – we realised the bus was no good as we’d have one and a half hours to wait till the service, and then no bus back till late afternoon. In future we hope to walk or cycle but this week it wasn’t to be. My cold was getting better but with that and the tiredness after a very heavy week, we decided it would have to be the car. The next time this will arise won’t be till December as I’ll be taking services further afield and having no option but to drive between now and then. If we hadn’t had a car it would have seemed fine to ask the neighbours but we want don’t want to seem like we’re always asking others. We haven’t yet met any other hitchers to help out, though we’ve often done that on the mainland.
On the Monday I went to meet the ferry to collect several friends coming to a meeting. I long ago started to always carry a book and knitting whenever going anywhere. That way I would never be bored if there was a delay. It also helped me avoid the temptation just to nip home when I realised the ferry was running late. “Just nipping” here and there must account for a lot of mileage.
At the Community Cafe in the afternoon I was told it was the first meeting of the SWRI that evening. I was offered a lift which worked well, and said I’d be happy to do my share of lift-giving. A brighter pocket torch for the driveway would be a good investment. The talk was about Keep Fit which isn’t really my thing – I like to keep fit but not in a gym kind of way. It turned out to be very useful information about how to keep more flexible and therefore more able to do all the walking, cycling etc. A bonus there.
So not much success on the bus front yet but at least we’re becoming more aware of the options. Next week the winter timetables start so that’ll be a whole new challenge.