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A good friend of mine, Pete Waterfall, sent me this photo this morning and I’m really delighted with it. On September 22 1970 Pete and I were given a lift by Judith Biscoe from Lyme Regis to Southampton Docks and from there we boarded a ferry to Calais. Four and a half months later we arrived in Australia, having travelled overland through fifteen countries. We had many adventures on the way and met many, many people who went out of their way to help us.

Lino cut of Marie F by Pete Waterfall

Lino cut of Marie F by Pete Waterfall

We hitchhiked to Istanbul and this took us about a month. We weren’t in any particular hurry but we did have a target in mind. Once in Turkey it wasn’t really safe to hitchhike so we took a train to Iran, then buses across Iran and more buses across Afghanistan, trains across Pakistan and then into India. Nothing had really prepared us for India but there we really started travelling, sight-seeing and just plain surviving.

From India we travelled on to Nepal, followed by a flight to East Pakistan as it was then (now Bangladesh), another flight to Thailand, a train to Malaysia stopping off for two weeks in my favourite place, Penang. This is a small island off Malaysia which I believed to be heaven on earth t at the time. From there we journeyed on to Singapore where we had two tickets booked on a Russian ship to Freemantle in Australia and journey’s end.

Judith arrived three days later when we said a fond farewell to Pete and started a whole new adventure, hitchhiking 2000 miles to Sydney … but that’s another story. All a far cry from Lyme Regis mackerel fishing trips and Lyme Regis deep sea fishing trips. No restart date yet I’m afraid.

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