Thursday, 1 July 2010


My friend and colleague Tanya told me about an amazing organised trip an old school friend of hers has just taken, travelling overland from London to New York. He wrote a blog about his experiences at 1857/tpod.html.

I had seen a guy interviewed on TV a few years ago who was trying to organise a similar trip to Australia by bus. I got quite excited about the idea and Davy was doing his damnest to encourage me to go! I can't imagine why. Unfortunately at the time I was unable to unearth who was organising it or what it entailed.

After reading the blog I emailed the company telling them that I am a recently widowed lady of 70, not particularly fit, but with no health problems that I know of, asking if the trip would be too strenuous and this is the reply I received:

Dear Ann,

First of all many thanks for your message and interest in the London to New York trip in 2011.

Our first ever trip arrived in New York on 20th June (10 days ago) and was an unmitigated success. All the passengers thoroughly enjoyed it and have been hugely complimentary about the journey. Included within the passengers on this first trip we had a lady of 81 years old and two gentlemen in their early 70's.

You would certainly not be too old as we would not ask you to do anything too strenuous. Indeed it does tend to lend itself more towards mature passengers than some of the other trips. You would be most welcome to join this trip and indeed we are already taking bookings even at this early stage.

Please note that due to the fact that there will only be one trip annually and the number of places available are limited, we would suggest that if you do wish to join the 2011 London to New York trip it would be best to let us know sooner rather than later, as this way we can provisionally hold your place until you commit to book. The trip in 2010 was very popular and we expect the 2011 trip to be even more so.

I hope this helps but if you have any further questions then please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to hearing from you again and hopefuly will be able to welcome you on board the 2011 trip.

Kind regards,

Alistair Chrystal

Would anyone that knows me please advise if they think this is a crazy idea because I do tend to be a tad impetuous at the best of times! But if you think it is sheer madness keep your mucking comments to yourself!


DogLover said...

What's mad about that? Sign up straight away before you think better of it. Buy a deodorant for the trans-Siberian journey and a number of Blackberries so that you can have them gradually stolen in your usual style. Can't think of any other essentials.

Looking forward to your blogs!

Retiredandcrazy said...

My, my DogLover, you do comply with instructions don't you? Now what do you realy think?

I think there is a lot of drinking going on. I will ask Tanya to find out what the trip was REALLY like. Or am I being a party pooper and too reserved?

RNSANE said...

You're going to ask ME about taking a trip to anywhere, me who is planning, at 65 - and not in the best of health - to go to India for 6 months in the fall with her last frequent flyer miles and would still be traveling everywhere at the drop of her hat if she hadn't lost her job and had a single penny left over after bills??? I've never let anything stop me from travel and I say go, go, GO! Someday, you might not be able to so. Make the most of every wonderful journey while you can.

Anonymous said...

This sounds exciting! When does this depart? I scanned the literature and didn't see anything about dates. Oh, to be uncommitted and just'd be the trip of a lifetime. Flagmaker

Retiredandcrazy said...

Carmen, if only I had half the energy that you have. I would LOVE to go to India for 6 months. I have never been. It's on my "bucket list". Wana stow me away in your luggage?

Retiredandcrazy said...

It leaves next March Flagmaker so I have plenty of time to panic!!!

Anonymous said...

Go for it Ann , you are only reserving your place.

RNSANE said...

Maybe the time you should come visit is when I am there!!! That would be nice!

Anonymous said...

And speaking of a lot of drinking going on......(I read part of the blog), Wednesday after golf and our usual glass of wine, Carl tried to fill our glasses several times. I finally had to take mine off the table as I had to drive down the hill. Poor Sharon had to finish it off. Flagmaker

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Ashley said...

Do it!

Countess of Bling said...

I wanted to do the Australian trip too when I saw it advertised but was too chicken as I thought I would be too old. This would sure shake the cobwebs off the old brain. Now at 62 I love the idea sounds great.

Retiredandcrazy said...

Well folks, I took the plunge. I'm now booked onto what I have seen described as a journey of epic proportions. Wish me luck.

Retiredandcrazy said...

Well Countess of Bling, you can always sign up for this trip. Go on, go out on a limb like me!