Followers of this blog over the past five years will realise that we are nearly at the end. We estimate that there will be two more ‘W’ trips: the first, to mop up the W13 and the W14, all around Woodford; and the second to take us from Hackney Central (or yessss! as we Overground people say) to Walthamstow on the W15 and out again on our last remaining W bus back to Ilford, which we have visited often, since as long ago as the 25.
Then there is the slightly less than exciting – in the sense that other routes cover every inch of its journey – X28 from West Croydon to Heathrow; and finally the X68. This is a commuter bus: it runs early in the morning from West Croydon to Russell Square, and then only runs back in the mid afternoon: fine by us, especially as real workers will not be catching the first one. So, as a fitting end to our bus Odyssey, we shall catch the 15.50. We think this historic trip will be early in February, probably the 5th or 6th, but this will become clearer in a few weeks.
There are several reasons for this post:
1) to say that if anyone would like to join us on the X68 to mark our last end-to-end bus ride, that would be lovely. You will recognise us by the logoed hoodies, notebooks, cameras and our genteel-but-determined wish to reach the front upstairs seats;
2) to point out that it’s not really all, as we intend to travel the three tram routes of Croydon from end to end;
3) indeed, we may write a few posts reflecting on the whole experience;
4) to say that we are open to ideas for a further set of weekly outings by public transport. We are considering visiting every museum in London: we understand from Wikipedia that there are more than 240 of them, which will last us a while. As Tim says: a single letter change would make us the Ladies who Mus. But some of you may have other thoughts, which you are welcome to share with us.
Of course we shall still be travelling on buses: just not end-to-end, except perhaps the 63 which links all of us, or the P4 which is useful if you are in Brixton and want to be in Lewisham.
And we have had amazing amounts of fun and seen a lot of changes. For instance, I now live along a route using the new design of bus.