Deceptive appearances.

So today we wanted to get to somewhere that is quite a way off the beaten track. We took the train to the nearest station, and decided that rather than waiting for the every-45-minute bus, we would walk.

Off we set at a brisk pace in the general direction, and after three minutes we met a man and asked him if we were going the right way. He looked us up and down, then said: “Well, if you go down to the roundabout and turn left, you’ll be OK. Ask somebody there for directions. But ..” he hesitated, “it’s a hell of a long walk.”

“How long?” I asked.

“At least a mile, maybe a mile and a half.” He clearly had serious doubts we could toddle that far.

We smiled, thanked him, and continued on our way.

Half an hour later, we met a postman.

“Is this the way to Lucky Lane?” we asked.

“It is indeed,” said he, “but it’s a long way to walk.” He looked sympathetic.

“About how far?”

“More than a mile.”

Ha ha, they had no idea they were talking to a woman who had walked 500 miles across France. ๐Ÿ˜€


8 thoughts on “Deceptive appearances.

  1. Lol! Excellent! ๐Ÿ™‚ You need to start carrying copies of your books, Susie, at least in that comparatively small country, there are plenty of places to hand if you need shelter from torrential rain. You’re missing a grand marketing opportunity! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. People are so weird about distances. Or… if you are carrying a 40 pound backpack they’ll send you for water “just down the road” and it’s five miles away!!!!! NOooooooooooo…………

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