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Coming clean. [Sep. 22nd, 2007|07:38 pm]
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OK, it is time to reveal what I've been up to since January.

I have been Tubewalking. I don't think anyone guessed what I was up to, even though there was a bit of a giveaway trail on Flickr and RGL. I did have a bit of a near miss when hoshuteki commented that some of my recent photos looked familiar because he'd been on a Tube walk in the area. Sorry for not being straight with you right there and then, but I really wanted to catch up with the official community before I actually told people what I was doing.

So, yeah. I caught up. I started walk 1 (Acton Town to Chiswick Park) on Friday 19 January this year, and finished walk 43 (Charing Cross to Embankment) this afternoon. The next walk is Chesham to Chalfont and Latimer, and unless something very very important gets in the way, I will be doing it with the tubewalkers on Sunday 30 September.

I kept notes on some of the walks, and even got as far as writing some of them up. For some of the walks, I took the scenic route; for others I took the route that intersected places that needed RGL photos; for still others I took the route that went past a good pub; and for the rest I just took the quickest route from start to finish. It has been an awful lot of fun, and I hope it's going to be even more fun when I'm walking the remaining 139 walks with everyone else.

This does mean that I'm going to want a new walking challenge to do on my own, since (a) I am an antisocial bugger really, and I like walking on my own, and (b) the official tubewalks don't happen as often as I like to walk. Happily, I have already figured one out.

I'm going to walk across the A-Z. All of it. The regular size, not the mini one. Every page.

This will involve crossing London ten times, for a minimum mileage of around 225 miles. I think that should keep me busy for a while.

From: redcountess
2007-09-22 07:54 pm (UTC)
I didn't twig - I noticed there were a lot of tube stations in your photos but thought it was part of RGL :)
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[User Picture]From: nou
2007-09-23 09:16 am (UTC)
I admit that getting photos for RGL was part of the motivation!
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[User Picture]From: tannie
2007-09-22 08:05 pm (UTC)
What does tubewalking mean exactly? You walk from one station to the other?
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[User Picture]From: nou
2007-09-23 09:17 am (UTC)
Yep — there's more info at the link above, but the basic idea is that you walk between all the stations on the Tube map, in alphabetical order.
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[User Picture]From: hoshuteki
2007-09-22 08:23 pm (UTC)
Very good! I haven't even done all the Tube Walks. But I approve of the A-Z challenge.
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[User Picture]From: nou
2007-09-23 09:18 am (UTC)
Yes; I see miss_newham is the current leader in the "most tubewalks" stakes. A most impressive record!
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[User Picture]From: katstevens
2007-09-22 08:58 pm (UTC)
This is an awesome idea!
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[User Picture]From: nou
2007-09-23 09:19 am (UTC)
Hurrah! Your tube terminus idea is equally awesome.

I was going to do the first A-Z walk today, but the Northern Line is truncated so I'm going to a mushroom festival instead.
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[User Picture]From: vashti
2007-09-22 09:22 pm (UTC)
Why isn't there anything fun like that in Cardiff?

Ooh, I could walk the entirety of the Cardiff Bus route map! (Although Cardiff bus's service map is offline, I have found the superior and wonderful ACIS online bus system, so that's okay.)

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[User Picture]From: nou
2007-09-23 09:20 am (UTC)
There's always beerglasswalks. But I like the bus route idea!
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[User Picture]From: flick
2007-09-22 10:09 pm (UTC)
You do realise that you're insane, yes...?

Jolly good, carry on!
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[User Picture]From: nou
2007-09-23 09:21 am (UTC)
Nah, insane would be trying to do it without returning home in between.

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[User Picture]From: karen2205
2007-09-23 11:19 am (UTC)
*nods* to the walking on one's own thing! I like being on my own to think/day dream while walking and not having to worry about walking to someone else's pace.

Yay for tubewalking and yay for exploring London.
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[User Picture]From: dogrando
2007-09-24 10:36 am (UTC)
I'm sure that Phyllis would approve wholeheartedly.
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