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
Thursday, July 24, 2014
July 24, 2014 -- Day 39, Canterbury
is an interesting mixture of ancient and modern. This morning I spent three
hours walking around, marveling at how centuries old buildings have been
adapted to all sorts of commercial enterprises. The large commercial center has
everything from quaint bookstores, produce and butcher shops, to trendy upscale
retail chains found in every shopping mall, to downscale junk stores selling
typical souvenirs, purses, and dry goods. Mixed among all that are more
eateries and drinkeries than I could count – with most of them having sidewalk
Canterbury commercial center
was neither hungry nor thirsty, and I wasn’t about to buy anything that I would
need to carry, so I concentrated on the buildings. One hotel that looked fairly
modern claimed to have been built in the early 1500s. Other buildings looked
much older, especially those that seemed to be collapsing on themselves.
(at least six centuries old)
River Great Stour flows through the heart of Canterbury, and a very nice
riverwalk creates a park just outside the commercial district.
plan for a morning tour of the Canterbury Cathedral was abandoned when I
encountered at least 100 school children passing through the entrance. As the
morning grew hotter and more humid, I returned to my B&B for a salad lunch
I picked up at Sainsbury’s supermarket. There’s a nice garden at the B&B in
which I planned to have lunch, but it’s not open to B&B guests.
in the afternoon, I walked to the cathedral to tour it without school children.
A cool breeze lowered the temperature and humidity, so it’s possible that
tomorrow may be a good walking day.