On the buses

Athletes, Olympic and otherwise, often get a bus tour of their town or city when they arrive back home from sporting success.

I didn’t think Transport for London would spring for one for Freyathlon so I made a Twitter appeal for bus tour ideas and Paul, @bitoclass, came up with the goods. He plotted a route, told me which stops to get on and off at (and the walking route between them), and sent me a map with an outline of the route.

Brilliant!

Armed with Paul’s instructions, a bottle of water, and my Oyster card, I set out on 30 August for the Freyathlon bus tour of SE London.

And off we go! The start of the Freyathlon bus tour
And off we go! The start of the Freyathlon bus tour

Paul had plotted a circular route so I could start/finish at any point. I choose to start near where I live. Over the course of the next few hours I took photos of most of the bus stops (I had to run for the 336 so there was no time for photos), passed close to quite a few Freyathlon event locations, and gazed at SE London.

I travelled close to these Freyathlon event locations:

The trip took 5.21.14 and I travelled 60.26km on 11 buses (124, T314, 336, 54, 289, 75, 89, B14, 132, 321, 202). I had to wait less than five minutes for most buses – apart from the 202.

If you take a look at the Freyathlon Instagram feed, you’ll see photos of every bus stop. And here’s the route I took – can you see what Paul did?

Freyathlon bus tour route, 30 August 2016
Freyathlon bus tour route, 30 August 2016

Thank you Paul – I’m in awe of your public transport knowledge, and your ability to plot such an excellent and appropriate route.

Done! The last trip on the Freyathlon bus tour
Done! The last trip on the Freyathlon bus tour

 

Freyathlon bus tour. 30 August 2016

SE London

Cost: £4.50 on my Oyster card