Although it was a Saturday, with no restriction on bus pass use I wasn't away until 09.34 on the First X53 again, this time to Wool. Once again, my pass wasn't recognised by the reader on the bus ticket machine - something which happened on every bus today!
I returned from Lulworth (which turned out to be rather more over-developed and less "remote" than I expected) on the same bus and continued to Wareham via Bovingdon Camp, where we picked up one of the few other passengers. He looked a rough sort but was quite chatty and actually had an interesting tale to tell of how he had ended up in rural Dorset after several years working on travelling fun fairs. It reminded me not to jump to conclusions about people based on first impressions!
From Wareham I got a bus to Swanage, which in contrast was a bit of a disappointment, although I'm not sure why! I'd allowed an indeterminate time there, but was ready to leave after an hour, despite the "Steam Gala" on the preserved railway. Go-Ahead provided an open-top double-decker for the ride to Bournemouth, although I along with most passengers, sat in the enclosed front few rows of the upper deck.
|On board the Sandbanks Ferry on the bus|
After crossing the ferry the bus follows a suburban route through to Bournemouth and although the view from the front seats was good, they were quite cramped with little leg-room so I was happy to alight in Bournemouth Square and go looking for my hotel even though at 1997.1km from the start I was less than 3 km short of the 2,000th.
That wasn't quite the end of bus riding for the day. Whatever the attractions of Bournemouth are they don;t seem to include many good pubs so with in being Saturday night I took a side trip - which doesn't count for the purposes of the trip - to Poole for the evening.