18-Dec-2004 -- December is not an optimal time for a bike trip, but once a week I need to do some outdoor activity. I started at 7 a.m. in my home in London-Hammersmith and found my way out of the city in north-western direction.
On the way I passed Waterford where I biked along the canals. The people who live in the ships parked them at the river sides and greeted friendly.The scenery along the canal was beautiful. But getting further along the canal was too slow, too muddy and slippery. Thus I went back on the country roads.
At 1:30 p.m. I reached the town of Buckingham, having cycled exactly 100 km. From the town centre the confluence point is just one more Kilometre away. If you leave the town in western direction on the road A421 towards Tingewick you will see a Cox & Robinson agricultural storehouse on your left. This building is just 200 m from the point away. Nobody was around and the shop was closed, so I found my way to the CP through the neighbouring junk-yard.
After documenting the confluence quickly (I was unauthorized on private land), I headed back to Buckingham’s town centre, where the marked was busy with traders. I had a chat with Ali Khan, who sells Olives, Figs and other Mediterranean specialities. He was so nice to offer me a lift back to London in his truck after finishing his sales. But I preferred to have another couple hours of biking. Before I left the town, I visited the museum of Buckingham. It is situated in a castle which previously served as a jail. In this building there is also a friendly and helpful tourist information.
I rode back towards London until it got dark. In the darkness, I found it pretty much pointless on keeping on cycling thus I caught a train back to London from Thame. I got home at 7:00 p.m. after a having cycled 153 km.
CP visit details:
Time at the CP: 13:45 p.m.
Duration: 12h (until I was back home)
Distance of bike parking: 99m
Description: The point is on private land, just on the western edge of Buckingham town. In a large meadow with nothing else then grass. The meadow slopes down from the road to a nearby river.
Given Name: The Junk-Yard Confluence