Oxford exploration

2006-04-26

in Daily updates, The outdoors

Hilltop barbed wire

This morning, I was woken by the 9:00am booming of our local clock tower. Since it was already the time when I was meant to meet Sheena and Emily to start the Oxford tour for Martin Ziguele, the former Prime Minister of the Central African Republic, I had to roll straight out of bed and into a suit: arriving outside St. Antony’s at six past nine.

The tour itself was very generic: Christ Church meadows, the Radcliffe Square, and up Parks Road. One notable sight was an actually Greylag gosling, beside the Isis. It was your stereotypical yellow puffball, and the parents visibly and audibly disapproved of my attempts to photograph it. Emily and I made efforts to describe things in French, where feasible, and impart some of the anecdotal Oxford history that gets absorbed by all students here.

In the afternoon, I took another bike ride out into the village-strewn countryside surrounding Oxford. This time, I headed southward, across Magdalen Bridge and way down the Cowley Road. I went past the BMW plant at the end of the Cowley Road, then up the hill near Garsington (N51 43.191, W001 09.678). From Church Walk to there and back is 22km.

He hill didn’t offer as nice a view as the hills around Bath did, but it was nonetheless the most pronounced elevation I’ve climbed near Oxford. In response to Tristan’s post requesting top speeds, I made an attempt to see how fast I could go before my gears became more or less useless, on a slight downslope in the countryside south of Oxford. I managed 48.2km/h, which isn’t bad for a bicycle.

PS. I need to remember to email Peter Dauvergne about my thesis idea. Since I need to go a presentation on it in our methods seminar next Tuesday, I need to have a decent idea of the important methodological questions involved.

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Anonymous April 26, 2006 at 7:37 pm

Here’s a photo of a greylag gosling.

Milan April 26, 2006 at 11:35 pm

Adorable, though the one I saw was younger.

tristan Laing April 27, 2006 at 6:53 pm

I fell today on Spadina street at 24.6 km/h. (Actually, I don’t know the speed, I didn’t have the spedmetre on at the time). I’m alright, but it has discouraged me from my high-speed antics for a while.

Milan April 27, 2006 at 11:39 pm

Tristan,

Ouch. I hope you’re ok.

. October 1, 2008 at 9:51 pm

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