23 april 2001
OK, made it to Bangor in Wales. The hostel isn't too difficult to find if you don't over analyze the directions. Of course I did and it took about an hour to get my ass out here. I had to stop by the local police station for a map and some kind motorist honked me down the road further as I was about to head down the wrong path. I took the bus from Stratford-upon-avon which was a very nice ride through some very pretty countryside. We first stopped in Birmingham to change buses. Birmingham is a very efficient bus station with clear signs of what bus stops in what stall. I was in Birmingham for about 30 minutes before the new bus showed up. The ride out to Wales was also nice. I sat by myself and removed my cap to get my skull some sun, not sure if it worked or not. After arriving at the HI in Bangor I walked down to the market and bought some food. I'll be staying here until Saturday morning where I'll either head back to Stratford-upon-avon or Oxford. I still would like to see the spectacle on 1 May in Oxford. Oh, I also noticed a lot of nice taverns in Wales, and mostly along the way. The point of interest is the difference between a tavern and an 'arms'. I think they are the same, but there could be some subtle difference. My feet are killing me right now and I'm pretty tired so I think today will be a short entry.