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Hello,
As is customary I did Flaneurs bus challenge I. (c) from the same stop as before with an unchanging n of 6.
In exciting news I managed to finally cross the river and in fact ended up at Tottenham Hale. I covered about 30 miles on buses on the hottest day of the year. The routemasters were hellish.


* Map
* Google Photos or Flick Photos depending on what you prefer. Includes lots of video.
* Twitter thread


I'm currently uploading the videos to youtube and may make a longer video of them.
Talking of which I often post videos of my bus journeys on my youtube channel
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Like we did in 2014, in 2013, and in 2012, [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, which is a few miles southwest of Croydon out towards where London stops being London; in 2013 I ended up in Putney, which is several miles northwest of Croydon and very nearly on the other side of the Thames; and in 2014 I actually crossed the Thames into north London. Unfortunately 2016 was much less exciting.

It was so unexciting, in fact, that I can't actually bring myself to do a full writeup. My buses took me along a road that I'm thoroughly familiar with, out to a bland shopping mall, then (thanks to a one-way loop with a stop served by buses in both directions) all the way back along the same route to my starting point, then along residential streets to Crystal Palace (a 9-minute train ride from my house), then through Sydenham (a 12-minute train ride from my house, and a place where I spent an entire day the other week; indeed, one of my stops was directly opposite the cafe I had lunch in), and finally terminated at Elmers End, which is a place that has nothing in it aside from a direct tram back to my starting point. Four hours, to get basically nowhere.

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

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Yesterday I decided to give one of the bus challenges a go.

I could possibly have timed my trip a bit better, I stopped after the fifth bus not because I had enough of waiting on bus stops or had to be somewhere else but because it was late afternoon in the city and my busses were just not moving at all any more.



I started at Finsbury Park Station and the first bus that came by was the 106 to Whitechapel. I'd picked the number 7 but stop seven was a one line stop so I continued on to the first stop that had multiple lines serving it. That was Stoke Newtington Station.

Five minutes later I was on the next bus, this one a 149 to London Bridge. South it went, past the Aziziye Mosque (originally built as a cinema as wikipedia tells me) and the 7th stop was at the Rio Cinema.

Busses kept coming really quickly and less than a minute later I was on the next one, the 76 to Waterloo. This one changed destinations after three stops and instead was only going to go to Hoxton, but my 7th stop was before that at Downham Road. The next bus coming along was a 76 to Waterloo *again* but I got on anyway.

Short bit along the Regent's Canal, across and the seventh stop was City Road/Leonard Street. Traffic was getting a bit slow already, but I decided to try one more bus. 21 to Lewisham Shopping Centre it was.

But that one was winding its way through the city before even getting close to crossing the river and after getting from Liverpool Street Station to Bank took nearly 15 minutes I decided to stop my excursion at the 7th stop - King William Street/Monument Station.

It was a fun trip, but possibly not the best time xD
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I decided to attempt challenge I.(c) again - get on the first bus that comes along, then get off after n stops, and then get on the next bus that comes along and get off after n stops, and so on.

I have done this challenge before, and decided to use the same conditions I have three times before: My start point is opposite Westminster Cathedral in London, and n is set to be 9.

Read more... )
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[personal profile] nou

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.

Report with four photos under the cut. )

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

[personal profile] secretlondon
2014 is the year of the bus. 22 June is the morning after the solstice. Together they seemed to make a good time to try some night bus flannage - flan 1c.

I've tried to make a map but google maps decided to delete my stop markers and was generally being irritating. Flickr doesn't recognise my password, sent me a nonsense email when I reset it, has the world's worse captcha and is also being very un-user friendly.

I tried to stick to the instructions as much as possible as it makes it more interesting.

The instructions:
  • Choose a number (n) between 3 and 20.
  • Get on the first bus that comes along (and that you're able to get onto).
  • Get off the bus at the nth stop. If the route terminates before you've gone n stops, then just get off at the terminal stop. [Alternative to this step: if you can see in advance that the nth stop doesn't serve any other routes, you can stay on until you get to one that does.]
  • Get on the next bus that stops at this stop.
  • Repeat the two steps above until you're in an area of your city you're not familiar with, or until you've been on 5 different buses, or until you're bored of waiting at bus stops.
  • Navigate your way home by a method of your choice.
I used www.random.org to generate a number between 1 and 18 and added 2 to it to make a number between 3 and 20. This made n=8.

I had a coffee in a local late night kebab shop then set off -
coffee )

1. 4.40am. East Street/Walworth Road. 12 to Oxford Circus.
2. 4.53am Stop D St Thomas' Hospital/County Hall. This is where I started my flannage last year!
westminster )
3. 4.55am N109 to Oxford Circus. Only 7 stops to terminus.
4. 5.03am bus terminated at a stand, AP Oxford Circus. No buses leave from here.
5. 5.05am Walked to the first stop I could find - OV John Lewis'. No shopping on Oxford Street at this time! N113 to Edgware.
6. 5.17am stop N - Park Road/Lords Cricket Ground
7. 5.20am N13 to North Finchley
8. 5.25am Finchley Road O2 Centre

This is where it went wrong. The next bus was the same as the one I'd got off and was 14 minutes away! Should I wait and do another 8 stops? A large group of drunken people turned up so I decided to cross the road and go back.
No go )

9. 5.37am 82 to Victoria. First bus of the day! It follows the exact same route as the N13 so I went back to the same stop - Park Road/Lords Cricket Ground. I got off a stop early to take photos.
churchyard )
Churchyard (closed until 9am)
mosque )
London Central Mosque

10. 5 trips done, but what now? Another hop.
11. 5.57am 13 to Aldwych. It follows the same route so 8 stops sends me back to Oxford Circus.
Year of the Bus )
It's the Year of the Bus! Regent Street will be closed from 9am for a bus cavalcade.

12. 6.10am 23 to Liverpool Street.
13. 6.22am Royal Courts of Justice. Alight here for the London School of Economics.

This bus was busy - lots of people with suitcases, the traffic had increased and I couldn't sit down. It seemed like a good place to stop.

This was fun, but bus arteries made it less fun than it could have been. I don't know St John's Wood at all so it was nice taking photos there. Travelling through London when there's no traffic is great!
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Inspired by [personal profile] nou and [personal profile] bob's bus challenge tweets, on June 7th, I decided to attempt challenge I.(c) again - get on the first bus that comes along, then get off after n stops, and then get on the next bus that comes along and get off after n stops, and so on.

I have done this challenge before, and decided to use the same conditions I have twice before, to see what changed.

My start point was again opposite Westminster Cathedral in London, and n was set to be 9.

Read more... )
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A few weeks ago, I attempted another bus themed challenge (June Challenge: I (c)), using the same conditions as last time:
n = 9.
Start point = Opposite Westminster Cathedral, on Victoria Street, in London.

I got on the first bus that came along, and then got off at the 9th stop, and then got on the next bus that came along, and so on.

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Saturday evening, I attempted June Challenge I.(c), with n as 9. I got on the first bus that came along, and then get off at the 9th stop, and then got on the next bus that came along, and so on.

My starting point was opposite Westminster Cathedral, on Victoria Street, in London. I was quite excited about doing this challenge from Victoria, as I had the feeling that I could end up anywhere.

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

Last year I ended up in Cheam (map), and he ended up going to Streatham and back (map). I did wonder if this year's journey would be quite similar to last year's, but as it turned out I diverged very quickly and ended up in Putney. In fact I came very close to crossing the Thames, which is quite impressive given that Croydon is often considered to be practically the southern edge of London.

Anyway, here's my trip report, including photos. ) Stats. )

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

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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.

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I did the June Challenge: I.(c), with n=3, in the borough of Richmond-upon-Thames in London. I got on 10 buses in total, although only 9 of them were part of the challenge, as the final one was just in the direction of home.

More details and a map )
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So I did the June Challenge Theme I (c)! Obviously, I did it in June, so this write-up is a little delayed. The theme itself was one based on buses, where one starts at home/work, takes a bus for n stops (where n in my case was 10), and then get off and get the next bus that comes along. I repeated this process 10 times. It took a few hours to complete.

Rather than start at home or work, I started on a Saturday afternoon after some lunch with friends, in gloomy north-west London. Here is a Google maps link for the route I ended up taking.

Many photos )
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So for the buses themed challenge I did variant (c) with n=20.

I used the closest bus stop which had buses other than the ones I can use for my daily commmute. On the way to it I missed 4 buses but a 78 turned up relatively soon.

The 78 diverted from it usual route due to an accident so I counted stops when the driver let people off. At the 20th stop there was no other bus route so I stayed on it for what turned out to be one extra stop where the 78 terminated in a back street nowhere near any other bus stops. So I walked the way the bus had been heading to see when I would find a stop. Which thankfully wasnt too far.

I then got on a 136 which got me as far as Lewisham in its 20 stops.

I then swapped to a 199 for 6 stops which is where it then terminated.

Then I took a 320 for a full 20 stops which got me to just past Bromley High Street.

Then for once I actually had to wait more than a minute for a bus which was the 61 to Chislehurst. By the time this was getting to its 20th stop it was about 20:30 which probably a good time to stop since Orpington is a long way out and it was my 5th bus which was one of the valid stopping points.

I then picked off a couple of pubs in Orpington before returning home.

Google Map of my journey
Flickr photoset
bit.ly bundle of my tweets during the journey
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Description follows.

[Image: A composite image showing bus route information at three bus stops; Stalham Street (1 route), Peckham Rye Station (8 routes plus 2 night routes), and Lewisham Bus Station (alighting point only).]

Last Thursday I did the first theme in the June challenge: buses. I decided on the third option, where you get on the next bus that arrives at your stop, stay on for n stops, get off, and repeat; and I chose n=5.

My starting point was the closest bus stop to my house, which serves a single route, the P12. The P12 is quite an odd route, winding its way back and forth for up to an hour (timetable) but ending up a mere 5km (3 miles) almost directly due south (or north) of where it started out (route map). Indeed, I've never actually taken the bus from this stop before, since it terminates 7 stops later at a point which I can reach faster by walking.

I won't describe the journey in detail; but in total, I used 13 buses on 9 distinct routes. I've plotted a Google map of the journey. As shown there, the first four buses took me on a little loop around the Rotherhithe peninsula and then back again almost to my starting point, with the key difference that I wasn't on the P12. So instead of heading down the back streets I was dropped off at Bermondsey Station (a bus stop that I do in fact use frequently), where a 188 whisked me down to Druid Street and the start of my encounters with buses I use rarely if at all.

This could have gone quite differently; if the 47 had arrived at Bermondsey before the 188 then my route would probably have gone into the City of London, from whence I might have ended up anywhere. As it turned out, my random buses took me through Peckham and Brockley (where I stopped for a very nice vegan lunch), to finally terminate at Lewisham bus station.

It was a lot of fun! I initially thought that n=5 was too small for London, but it turned out fine in the end. One surprising thing was that I never actually got bored of waiting at bus stops (this being one of the terminating conditions in the challenge); it's a lot less tedious when you're not waiting for a particular bus. Indeed, I was planning to take a photo of every bus stop (see my Flickrset for those I did photograph), but didn't always have a chance, since often the next bus arrived directly behind the one I'd just got off.

I'll definitely do this again. If I get a chance before I move house, I'll do it again a few times from the same stop to see where things diverge.

How's everyone else doing with the challenges? I would like to emphasise that you do not have to do an extended writeup to complete the challenge — just leaving a comment on the instruction posts with a couple of details (e.g. which option you picked and where you did it) is quite sufficient. Though extended writeups are great if you have the time!

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