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
Monday, July 7, 2014
July 7. 2014 -- Day 22, Clanfield to Cocking, 13 miles
South Downs Way continued its roller coaster wannabe today, but even as it did,
the views kept improving. Initially the views were present on hilltops, but
eventually the Way reached the escarpment at Harting Down, providing wonderful
panoramic views downslope.
I neared the halfway point of today’s walk, I spied a bench overlooking the
town of South Harting, and decided it would make a wonderful lunch spot. Just
downhill from the bench was a film crew (are they still film crews in the
digital age?) shooting a scene for what appeared to be a movie. The director
issued some commands and the scene was shot. When he said “Cut!” I naturally
made inquiry. It seems they were shooting the final scenes for a documentary
about the experiences of a local South Harting couple who motored 7,000 miles
around India. The documentary is entitled “Grand Trunk Road” and the principals
are Rupert and Jan Grey. Click here to see the trailer for their film:Grand Trunk Road
Oliver (Director); Jan and Rupert Grey
I would have liked to engage them in lengthy dialogue (as I’ve been known to do
from time to time), it was obvious that they were on a shooting schedule, and
they needed to shoot their scenes as the sun moved out of the clouds. They were kind enough to take time from their schedule for a picture.
Beacon Hill, I met Andy and his Lab, Jamba. Andy lives locally, and is walking
to get himself in shape to tackle the South Downs Way. Don’t worry, Andy; the
roller coasters will get you into shape in no time.