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[personal profile] bob and I decided to make simultaneous attempts at Theme I: Buses, starting from the same bus stop at the same time but with different values of n. I chose n=5, he chose n=6.

We began on a Saturday late morning at West Croydon Station; our first bus was the 289 to Purley, which confused me slightly, since it was going north and Purley is south from here (it makes a u-turn a bit further along the route).

I jumped off at Croydon University Hospital, leaving [personal profile] bob to stay on for an extra stop; I then got on a 60 to Streatham, and moments later sailed past [personal profile] bob waiting at Thornton Heath Pond (which, sadly, is no longer a pond but a roundabout). My bus then promptly got stuck behind some rather selfish car drivers.

The 60 takes a rather circuitous route to Streatham, so I was quickly sidetracked off towards Mitcham and then Sutton. Sutton being something of a bus attractor, I did wonder if I would end up circling around it for ever. This was the point at which I realised I would soon need the loo, so I decided that my terminating condition would be reaching a bus stop from which I could see a pub.

Finally escaping Sutton, I realised as I neared Cheam that I would quite possibly end up at the bus stop opposite the Prince of Wales, a pub which I'd previously visited and liked. And I did! So my flânage ended with a wee, a pint of Doom Bar, and a mushroom and brie sandwich.

Here is a Google map of my journey, and here is my Flickr photoset. I will leave [personal profile] bob to report on his journey, but just as a teaser: it took a completely different route in terms of both geography and topology. [personal profile] bob never got around to writing a trip report, but here's his Google map.

Date: 2012-06-23 06:49 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] spiralsheep
\o/ Yay! \o/

I still find the London Transport symbol oddly comforting. It's one of the few things I miss about London. Unrelatedly: I've always thought Purley Way sounds as if it ought to lead to the Pearly Gates. I also like the idea that Sutton is a giant bus magnet (probably a cunning plan by some sort of Doctor Who villains). I'm glad your flan included slurp and nosh. :-)

I await [personal profile] bob's report with interest.

Date: 2012-06-26 10:38 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] spiralsheep
As a sometime native South Londoner I think of Purley Way as the road to hell cheap furniture, since long before IKEA invaded, heh.

Date: 2012-06-27 02:49 pm (UTC)
spiralsheep: Evil commandeers the costume budget (chronographia Servalan Evil Costume)
From: [personal profile] spiralsheep
Oh dear. Hee!

Date: 2013-06-03 10:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] therealdrhyde.livejournal.com
FWIW, your selfish car drivers aren't. Your bus couldn't legally enter the box junction even if they weren't there, because the 289 bus is preventing it from getting into the right hand lane - it has to swing right so it can make the sharp left turn at the traffic lights - so it would not be able to leave the junction. It is legal, however, to enter a box junction and stop before leaving it if you are turning right. Given the relative accelerations of cars vs buses, once traffic starts moving those cars will be out of the way and your bus will not be impeded. HTH :-)

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