We left The Castle and Ball a little later due to a later breakfast.
It was a great rest day in Oxford and our B’n’B, Heather House was great. Getting out of city center.
Some of the group was in a different place and
My roommate and I slept and slept and slept. We like som others in the group thought that a hop on and hop off bus would be the best. The top was great for pictures.
We the went to University Church.
We then went to the 1779 Covered Market. I bought a cool small print of a bicycle from Oxford. Tom wanted to eat at The Eagle and the Child Oub due to its history with “The Inklings” in particular it was where C.S. Lewis met J.R.R. Tolkien. Great chicken and mushroom pie with carrots. We were leaving and a friend in our group sat down. We compared notes of the day and I showed her my print. As we got out the door a man and a baby asked if I would like to meet the artist. It was Merlin Porter and his one year old daughter. He gave me a special note on the front and drew a cheeky sketch of me on the back. All you can say is WOW. The coolest thing was how genuine Merlin was with someone he had never met that was buying his artwork and how interested he was with us. He does not normally get to meet his buyers. It was great.
Our breakfast was a little later than usual but everyone got away for a big day. The route had us going out the canal path then to the Stratford upon Avon Greenway.
I had an early up and my roommate John had put my bag in the room and left a light on for me. Real good. Good breakfast and off we went.
Breakfast in Ludlow.
A good breakfast with a little late start. The weather has been beautiful.
An earlier rollout with a better organization to route with Sustrans maps, Strava and some with Garmin. I must admit that the weather has been fantastic.
We left there after some more climbing and descending to get lost from our group for awhile and later we found them on the road. We had NO garmin just data free Strava and Sustrans maps.
Onward we went and the images.
With the distance and questioning almost every turn the day got longer and we had another loss of people in the group due to some fatigue and overall pace but we got to our hotel pretty tired but safe. More tomorrow. Happy birthday to me! Peace out Tres