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Like we did last year and the year before that, [personal profile] bob and I made simultaneous attempts at Theme I: Buses, subtheme (c) (get on the first bus that comes along, stay on for n stops, get off, repeat), starting from the same stop, with me taking n=5 and him taking n=6.

In 2012 I ended up in Cheam (map), which is a few miles southwest of Croydon out towards where London stops being London, and in 2013 I ended up in Putney (map), which is several miles northwest of Croydon and very nearly on the other side of the Thames. I wondered if in 2014 I would actually cross either the border of Greater London, or the Thames.

A bus stop sign reading “West Croydon Station towards Thornton Heath”, with bus numbers “198”, “250”, and “289” underneath.  The sky is grey and cloudy.
The starting point for our flânage.

It was drizzling as we left the house, and the skies were clouded over. My first six buses took me on a route identical to last year's. This is always going to be a risk from this starting point — once you get on the 250 you're likely to be stuck on it for a good while, since it goes off on a little wander around the houses on roads that no other buses venture onto.

A white van outside a boxy brick building with a row of windows around the top.  Writing on the van reads “Shipping to the Ivory Coast”.
Van outside Croydon University Hospital.

As I passed through Streatham, I noticed a branch of Tasty (Nigerian takeaway) opposite the station. A few weeks later I returned to buy some moi moi from here, since I knew from visiting their Stratford branch that they sell it in the leaf. It was delicious.

I also noticed a stationery shop called Unikob — a name I was familiar with due to my local history research. On the same return visit as noted above, I popped into here and talked to the owner about a shop she used to have in West Croydon, which was helpful for the article I wrote about the building it was in.

My journey continued northward, and eventually I caught sight of The Shard! This was very exciting as it meant I was heading towards the north of the river. A bus or so later I got onto a 148 to White City, which (a) was the first Boris Bus I'd ever been on (I was unimpressed; it was dark on the upper deck, it smelled funny, and the windows were too small) and (b) took me across the river via Westminster Bridge.

Slanty buildings with lots of windows, and a bus stop sign reading “Westminster City Hall towards Marble Arch, Pimlico or Sloane Square”.
Shiny buildings at my first north-of-the-river stop.

A few buses further on I crossed back over the river via Battersea Bridge, and eventually ended up at the back entrance to Clapham Junction Station, where I decided to stop.

An arched bridge over a river.
Battersea Bridge, taken from the bus stop where I was waiting for a bus to take me south across it.

Here's a map of my journey, and here's my photoset on Flickr.

Date: 2014-07-20 06:08 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] spiralsheep
Well done for doing this flan again, especially in the rain.

(I've added this link to the round-up, which is ready to post tomorrow.)

Date: 2014-07-22 06:47 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] squirmelia
Ooh, we actually travelled on the same street for a little bit that day (Victoria Street). (Although not at the same time, as I did mine much later in the day than you did!)

It's always interesting to compare your map with
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Ooh, we actually travelled on the same street for a little bit that day (Victoria Street). (Although not at the same time, as I did mine much later in the day than you did!)

It's always interesting to compare your map with <user=bob>'s, and also to see the shape of the routes!

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