The day got off to a bad start when the 08.25 Newport to Hanley bus failed to show in Norbury. I've asked the company for an explanation, but I suspect the driver just didn't expect anyone to be waiting there and chose to stay on the main road instead of coming round the village. With the next bus not until late afternoon I had no option other than to walk the two miles along the A519 to Woodseaves village where, after another 50 minute wait I was able to pick-up the 432 to Stafford.
Things got better after that. First's 101 to Newcastle-under-Lyme was bang-on-time. This bus crosses the Trent & Mersey twice in Stone and as we did so at the Star Inn I noticed I was now exactly two hours down on my original plan.
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