This is the edited and typed version created in August 2005, 10 years after the events in these memoirs. Then posted here on my website in August 2011…
I just happened to keep notes during this particular adventure…
The trip to France was a spur of the moment thing a couple of weeks after I turned 26. I hadn’t known my friend Richard all that long and it was his idea that we go away. I never had any money in those days but Richard had offered to pay.
It was less than six months after the big upset of finishing with my girlfriend of five and a half years. It was a bitter end to that relationship and I still wasn’t accepting how hard it had hit me. The week in France was great for refreshing my mind and getting a clearer perspective on my problems.
While editing this version I could see just how fond of drink I was in those days. It seemed strange to me while editing it in 2005, as a practical teetotaller. I also smoked roll-ups amongst other things and had less confidence in myself but was much more reckless. A lot can change in 10 years! Even my name had changed, from Victor Waine to Victor Taylor in 1999.
So The Hitch-hiking Tour de France is basically a journal of what happened on my nine day journey – the first couple of days were with Richard but most of the time I was on my own.
It’s just a personal record but I don’t mind if other people read it… At gunpoint if necessary.
Extra Notes, Aug 2011:
– I took some photos using Richard’s camera but unfortunately, if he ever got them developed I never got to see them or get copies…
– I’m not a teetotaller and do drink again, and smoke occasionally, but nowhere near as much as I did back then.
– I found some old bits from the trip, such as a French fag packet, so have scanned them and stuck them in the pages at the relevant parts.