By Vicki - Feb 27, 2018
England is GREEN and full of sheep and castles!
We rode 200+ miles from Heathrow to Bristol, with some beautiful detours: Oxford, Cotswold, and Bath.
Gorgeous old castle that had no tourists. Even the locals had forgotten about it. I liked it a lot. We played around with the camera and made friends with some very smart crows.
First time cooking with our camp stove
We stopped at a gas station to get some gas for cooking. What happened next was probably the most dangerous moment of our trip. Andrew was trying to fill our bottle with gas, but he underestimated the pressure of the pump. So the gas shot right out of the bottle and splashed all over us. I screamed and ran away. We both felt like we died a little that day. Luckily it was pouring rain, so we were able to wash a bit off riding home.
We enjoyed the park and watching the young souls paddling along river Thames. We also did some pub crawling and looked for the drunk one (gargoyles). Why didn’t I go to oxford for college…
I probably should have done some homework before visiting. I heard of Winston Churchill, but forgot exactly what he did. Blenheim Palace is his birth place and home. We had a great time pretending to own the place.
Cotswolds AONB (area of outstanding natural beauty)
I think going here is a must for England. The small hills were full of cow parsley (white flowers) and sheep. The villages looked like they were from a fairy tale. It was beautiful! We camped a few nights and had a wonderful time. We would walk through a farm to a bar called the halfway house from our camp. It was a bit far but they had the best sticky toffee pudding in the world! During our little night walk, we thought we were going to get attacked by the sheep. They were all sleeping in the middle of the road, and we walked straight into them. Turns out sheep are harmless, so we were okay. Andrew was absolutely terrified by the way… Some of the hills were tough to ride over, but that’s what makes the beer taste better.
It’s north in Cotswolds. And it is the cutest tower I have ever seen. I loved the view and it goes well with ice cream.
We did a one day trip from Bristol to Bath. The whole way was on a bike path and only 17 miles. We had a pleasant ride in the shades and then got to see some 5000+ year old bath built by the Romans.
Of all the places we visited in England, Bristol is the most unlike the rest of England. It’s a rebel city (okay it was just dirty). I liked the graffiti and the dangerous vibe.
Day on our trip May 22, 2017
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