Travel to or from your workplace one day using a completely different route to any you've ever used before.
I've been thinking about how to do this for several weeks when it came to me. The little bus from work ends in an estate in Battersea. The little bus that goes nearest home starts in an estate in Battersea. I'll get one bus, walk between the termini and get the other!
( Ooh buses )
Stay on the bus until you reach the 10th stop or the end of the route, whichever comes first.
Get off and navigate your way home by a method of your choice.
Hospitals are often served by little buses and having worked in several hospitals I have previous little bus experience: the C10 from St Thomas’ in 2013, and the W19 from Whipps Cross to Ilford in 2015. 2014 was night buses instead, and 2016 was bus free. I’m currently lucky enough to be working in the beautiful grounds of an 1840 county pauper lunatic asylum. In the past such places were hidden away – now they have little buses, in this case the G1.
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Like we did in 2014, in 2013, and in 2012, 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.
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
This is also a follow up to last year's challenge. Then my job was new, today it was my last day. I may do this from my new job next week.
III. (a) Travel to or from your workplace one day using a completely different route to any you've ever used before.
which started out as:
III. (b) Travel towards home from your workplace using your usual method, but stay on the first public transport vehicle that you use until either it reaches its terminus or you're about to reach a point where your ticket/pass is no longer valid. Navigate home from here.
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Total time - 4 hours.
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.
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Like we did last year and the year before that, 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. )
Report with 14 small images at my journal.
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.
- 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 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!
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.
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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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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.
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Like we did last year, 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. )
However, I discovered on walking out of my workplace building that there is a tiny bus stop hidden on the other side of the Royal Albert Hall that serves exactly one bus, the 360. The 360 begins just outside my building and terminates at Elephant & Castle. I experienced a thrill that I hope flaneurs can understand, hopped on the bus and looked out the window for most of the 40 minute trip. It wended through South Kensington (very pleasant), Chelsea (also pleasant) and to the north bank of the Thames, where it traveled down to Vauxhall Bridge. Then it turned and went along the south bank of the river, affording more lovely views before finally heading down to Elephant past the Imperial War Museum. It was a delightful journey.* I was happy to return to work on this small and uncrowded route in the morning. The Tube would definitely have been faster, but not nearly as pleasant.
* Although I was a little miffed with myself for going wrong by getting off at the last stop instead of the penultimate one, which forced me to retrace about 100 metres to get the second bus to my friend's house.