Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Oxford - Cambridge (and back again)...
I visited Cambridge over the weekend. By bike! This was amazing fun, and I'd encourage anyone with even the most minor reason to make the trip, to go for it. It's 85 miles each way, though, so best to be sure you'll make it, or know where there are buses / trains along the route.
Saturday, I left Oxford at about 10.15. The route i used, for anyone keen, was borrowed from Richard Griffin (and is online, at http://www.squarewheels.org.uk/bike/routeCamOx/ ). He's plotted a pleasant course, using little country roads, avoiding the main ones. That is, imagine that if cars travel along two sides of a triangle, bikes go along the third side, a ~straight line. Which is also incredibly picturesque.
It took about 8 hours, stopping for lunch, to reach Cambridge (pulling up outside King's). There I met PW, a friend of mine from primary school, who's just finished a Law degree there. We ate out with a Historian and some Comp-Scis, all of good (/strange) humour); all-you-can-eat Chinese food, which is ideal for someone after 85 miles by bike. Then took in a Cambridge pub. (Their city's really not that different to here).
Slept on a floor in Corpus, then had breakfast in their (v v ornate Victorian) hall. Then, at about 10.15 again, set off for Oxford! Making it there about 8.5 hours later. Having had an excellent weekend, doing a (mildly crazy) thing - 170 miles in 2 days, for an overnight visit - which i'd planned and looked forward to during my Finals.
There are many photos; ask if you want them!