We were at the brilliant Wake The Wight awareness walk today at Alverstone. I had an absolutely awesome time, meeting loads of great people (and even after the event finished, meeting fantastic people unassociated with the event, who will help the cause just as much as everyone who was there).
Lucy needed the loo, and we’d just missed the bus, so decided we needed to hitch home from Sandown (which really isn’t far).
Cue the second car, slowing to a stop, the guy greeting us and being amazed I’m carrying a didgeridoo.
They’re great. An oldish couple, who’d just been enjoying a relaxing day out. They were very interested in our fracking awareness walk, and they both knew well what’s going on. We didn’t really need to explain anything about it.
It was unfortunate it was such a short ride – they also had great dogs in the boot, very friendly, and it was like we hadn’t really got the chance to properly meet any of them before we were safe and dry in Brading, and soon home.
Proof that people are awake and switched on on the island (if ever proof is needed!). They’re just mostly not acting on it as of yet. But that’s one of the things that this blog is about – and Lucy rightly pointed it out at the end of the lift.
When I first met Lucy she told me she doesn’t hitch on the island because, for some reason (and even though she’s hitched widely across, well, the world…..) she didn’t think it worked well on the island, and had very mixed reactions from people when she did try it. This was like she was offering me a challenge, and I was very happy to take her up on it. It became my challenge to prove that the Isle of Wight is an absolutely brilliant place to hitchhike, that it works wonderfully well, and that the people that pick me up when hitchhiking here are overall bloody awesome people. And I think that, in the 6 weeks that I’ve been hitching on the island so far, I have had nothing but clear proof that people are switched on and very receptive to hitchhiking.
And so, long may it continue!