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... the city center and immediately hit traffic in typical UK fashion. We were beginning to get really good at finding a parking area near town, and we found an inexpensive one about 2 blocks from the main center.
Once we parked we walked around and ran into an outdoor market, complete with homemade trinkets and antiques. This didn't hold our interest for too long but it was something fun to walk through and look at. We then headed up the roads to try and find a ...
11.34 from York, coppers everywhere, weather getting better by the hour. Train to brum delayed and onward train cancelled, turning into a long trip but weather now glorious. Brums rough as ever, Moor street very old worldly. Got on train eventually an hour late. B&B nice, excited to get started. Missing my superbly fit and awesome ...
... the hills in this part of England.
We cooked dinner so had to do a supermarket run to the local Tesco. Food is cheap over here. OJ at 1£ per litre. Salmon at 10£ per kg. fruit and veg seemed to be cheap and available with a huge variety of products. I.e. Fresh peas from Namibia, and nothing seems to be seasonal. Cannot remember the cost of petrol but certainly dearer than home and diesel dearer ...
... brakes on your bike (works much better than any bell).
Have no accidents
An absolute must - have a bike that fits you.
Do practise on it a lot before you go.
Follow Henry's route, with lots of little quiet roads and canal paths, it's the best.
Don't get a puncture during the whole trip. (Henry had only one on bald tyres!)
Do travel by train with your bike, it's fun and easy, quicker than cycling anyway.
Do eat a whole soreen malt loaf each ...
We visited Oxford for the day and simply strolled around this small student-orientated city.
While there, we walked past many of its colleges, visited Oxford Castle, a few famous churches such as The University Church of St Mary the Virgin, museums, and towers including the famous Carfax Tower.
Because it was actually quite small, we were quite able to go at a relaxed pace and fit in a lunch here and a coffee there.
Good for a day trip!