Two Go Mad In The Countrysideby Katisha50
March 9, 2010
It all began with LyzzyBee wanting to release 38 books to mark her 38th birthday. Or was it that katisha50 (me) had signed up to the 52 Towns in 52 Weeks release challenge, and wanted to get a head start?
Anyway, a planning session at the Kitchen Garden Cafe resulted in the organisation of a Great Road Trip to combine the two lots of releases.
So, one wet Friday, we started our adventure. The first town was Solihull. Liz released her book on a bench outside the Methodist Church, and I dashed to a favourite site (a telephone box) We took photographic evidence of each release (which you can see on my Flickr site here, although the weather did mean that some were a little blurry!
We then wanted to go to Dorridge, but took a wrong turn and ended up in a scary new ghost town (which I will not name, but it’s not somewhere I’ll be re-visiting). So we released at Wood End station.
We got back on the correct road, and released in Hockley Heath (pub), Henley-in-Arden (vet’s) and Wootton Wawen (craft centre which had no electricity – going to the loo be candlelight was an experience!) on the way to Stratford-upon-Avon, where we stopped for lunch. Lovely soup at the antiques centre, and a catch for katisha50 from the car park (See the journal entry here.)
On into the Cotswolds, with releases at Tredington (my fave location -- a phone box), Shipston-on-Stour (ladies’) and Moreton-in-Marsh. This last was a Bad Experience – LyzzyBee left a book on a board outside a pub, and a barmaid/waitress immediately came out and took it inside. Her body language was distinctly aggressive, although she didn’t challenge us. And then we had to wait ages for someone to let us out of our parking space, so not a favourite town.
Powering through Bourton-on-the-Hill (phone box, I think); Broadway (phone boxes) where we declined to sign the visitors’ book in the loo, but LyzzyBee had a catch; Wickhamford (bus shelter); and Evesham (payment machine/shopping trolley in car park) we arrived at Pershore (bus shelter/tea shop). This was afternoon tea time and we found a lovely tea shop which served fantastic scones.
Off again, and we were on the home stretch. We whizzed through Worcester (as we sat in a traffic jam, Liz did a dash to a phone box), Droitwich (phone box/planter at station), Dunhampton (guess where?) and a Kidderminster supermarket (shopping trolleys).
Final two are Stourbridge (car park, and benches outside the church where my son was taking choir practice – he still doesn’t know I was there!) and Kidderminster (phone box, of course!).
We started at about 10.30 am and were back home by 8.30 pm. All day we were questioning our mental state, but we had a really good time. The Great Road Trip of 2010 was a total success, and great fun to do. I released 20 books, for the 52 Towns and NJABBIC challenges*, and Liz released 23 towards her total. We have only had one catch apiece so far but, as BookCrossers know, that's not the whole story.
*52 Towns in 52 Weeks Challenge and the Never Judge a Book By Its Cover Challenge