We attended an Evensong service here to experience the Abbey and hear beautiful choir music
How do you get to Oxford? "Study! Study! Study!" I suppose someone who knows the famous joke about Carnegie Hall would say. (If you don't know, the answer to that one is "Practice! Practice! Practice!") Anyway, it is a challenge to find a good cycle route between Bath and Oxford, as we learned by experience over the past three days. But we did it, spending one night in Avebury so we could get up early Tuesday morning to experience the ancient standing stones that surround the town, trying to make our way on via numbered cycle routes that turned out to be rough trails better suited for walking and then making a wrong turn because we had run off of our map. But we rectified that after getting the right map in the small town of Great Bedwyn and had a wonderful ride over the downs to Lambourn, the heart of the racehorse county. From there, we rode today over more of the downs and into the Vale of the White Horse and finally on to Oxford.
We had had our first rest day of the trip in Bath where we toured the Roman baths (highly recommended) and enjoyed wonderful
choral music at an evensong service at Bath Abbey on Sunday afternoon. On Saturday evening Brian Coffey, my friend from college days in New York City whom I hadn't seen in nearly 40 years, came out from London with his wife, Lillian, to join Kathy and me for dinner at a local restaurant. It was a great reunion. We are now in Oxford, planning to spend tomorrow here as another rest day to see the sights. Then we push on to York, supplied with good maps, toned muscles, fewer hills, and, we hope, a continuation of the fantastic weather we've had for a few days. We hope that all of these factors will result in an increase in our daily average mileage and that our daily average quotient of fun will stay the same because it has been great so far.
This entry will be short on text and long on photos, so please scroll below to see all the photos.
Karen has been keeping the official daily mileages on her odometer, and Kathy has been recording those for our official End to End log. The table below shows what we have so far:
2013-04-20 Lands End
to Penzance 14.08 miles
2013-04-21 Penzance to Verayn 42.05 miles
2013-04-22 Verayn to St Austell 14.9 miles
2013-04-23 St Austell to Camelford 30.9 miles
2013-04-24 Camelford to Hatherleigh 44 miles
2013-04-25 Hatherleigh to Bampton 34.7 miles
2013-04-26 Bampton to Glastonbury 50.9 miles
2013-04-27 GlastonburyBath 35.1 miles
2013-04-29 Bath to Avebury 42.2 miles
2013-04-30 Avebury to Lambourn 31 miles
5/1/2013 Lambourn to Oxford 26.8 miles
Total to date = 366.3 miles
I am still working on getting a good overview map. The last photo attached shows approximately where we've gone so far.
Finally, all of us really appreciate and enjoy the comments that people post. So, please keep those coming. We are really having a great time.
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