Many remarkable people found their identities on rivers: Cleopatra on the Nile; Lewis and Clark on the Missouri; Mark Twain on the Mississippi; Jeff Bezos on the Amazon. This is the story of my 600+ mile walk along the waterways of southern England in the summer of 2014, and the remarkable people I met along the way. It is best read in chronological order, so I recommend starting with the earliest posting in the Blog Archive list in the right margin.
Walk completed August 16, 2014
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
July 2, 2014 -- Day 17, St. Mary Bourne to Stockbridge, 13 miles
finding my way through town to get to the footpath is the most difficult
exercise of the day, but not today. The footpath I needed to follow started
from the hotel’s car park. It immediately crossed over a little creek, the
Bourne Rivulet, where I rousted two swans and their cygnets that were sleeping under
Swans and cygnets
minutes later I encountered two ladies walking their dogs. In response to my
typical “good morning” greeting, one of them exclaimed “Oh, you’re the man who
spoke with the thatchers yesterday!” Either news gets around quickly in small
towns, or my fan club is spreading.
didn’t see anyone else on the footpath all day, until two bicycle riders passed
me near Stockbridge.