So far so good. Got to airport, built bike, got myself to central London (admittedly by train) then spent the day just riding around. Last time I was in London I just got the tube everywhere, which gives you a disjointed idea of the city: rather than an overarching understanding of the grid layout (and I use the term grid very loosely there), you’re spatial visualization of the place is arranged in a series of individual and almost always separate nodes. So now that I’m getting to ride around, I’ve finally understood just how big London really is. That, and the fact that the street layout resembles an entire city made up of just cross streets, shortcuts, and diagonals, some of which have begrudgingly taken on the role of major arteries and most of which are usually interrupted by a sprawling park or a another bus hell bent on trying to run me over.
This means I get lost a lot - which, if I’m honest, is perfect.