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
Friday, July 4, 2014
July 4, 2014 -- Day 19, Winchester
was a rest day, spent touring Winchester. The rest came from not carrying a
heavy pack, but with two walking tours combined with general strolling around,
I walked a total of 8 miles – probably not much less than I have scheduled for
Guild Hall, Wnchester
than pay £15 (about $21) for yet another full English breakfast, I took an early
bus into town and had a continental breakfast for only £6 ($10).
then strolled around the city until the morning tour started. Today was market
day in Winchester, so booths were set up on High Street to sell all sorts of
food and merchandise.
is also the weekend of the Winchester hat fair – historically about hats, but
now simply a festival with all sorts of street artists performing in every
plaza in town. As was explained to me by one of the tour guides, many city
charters that were granted centuries ago require at least on festival per year,
or the charter can be revoked. That would explain why there seems to be a
festival somewhere virtually every weekend.
Guide Keith at River Itchen
was also American Independence Day. I saw a few Americans sporting patriotic
shirts, but was really attracted to Mark, who decorated his scooter with American
patriotic symbols. Oddly enough, Mark is English.
in all, my rest day was fairly busy. I’m looking forward to walking again
tomorrow so I can relax.