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
Sunday, July 20, 2014
July 20, 2014 -- Day 35, Deal to Dover, 10 miles
heavy overnight rain gave way to a mixture of light drizzle and morning fog as
I took a bus to Deal, the next major coastal town north of Dover. At Deal, I
joined the Saxon Shore Way to walk back to Dover. The Saxon Shore Way is a paved
promenade until it leaves Deal, and despite the weather there were many people
out for a Sunday morning walk.
Deal, the Way passes some old but nice beachfront cottages in the village of
Kingstown, and finally becomes a footpath as it ascends the White Cliffs that
are so prominent in this area. I saw a few dog walkers along the trail, but no
real hikers. By then, the drizzle had reduced to a few drops, and I walked the
rest of the day in my T-shirt.
White Cliffs viewed from beach
a clear day, France would be visible, but today the fog obscured the sea. At
times the fog got so bad that I could see only a few hundred yards ahead.
Find the cliff
Find the ferry
one point, I thought I may have overshot my destination as the Washington Monument
emerged from the fog. It turned out to be a copy-cat obelisk in memory of the
Dover soldiers lost in World War I.
night’s rain and the continuing mist made the trail very slippery as it
undulated across the White Cliffs. At this point I met Mike Maier, from
Ellington, Connecticut, who had been jogging the trail, but had to slow down
due to the poor footing. Mike is trying to stay in shape for an attempt to swim
the English Channel on Tuesday (weather dependent). There apparently is a
website that tracks Channel swimmers like Flightradar24 tracks airplanes. Mike didn’t
know the URL, and I couldn’t find it with my brief search. In any event, if the
weather is right, he plans to enter the water about 4:00 am on Tuesday, and should
be finishing about the time that western Americans are having their second cup
of morning coffee. Good Luck, Mike!!