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, August 10, 2014
August 10, 2014 -- Special morning update, Dartford to Greenwich, 4 miles
was raining in Dartford this morning, with periods of heavy rain. Rather than
walk all day in the rain through an urban environment, I took the train from
Dartford to Blackheath (near Greenwich, but the trains don’t run to Greenwich
on Sundays). When the train arrived in Blackheath, the rain was lashing down. I
sat in the station for about 15 minutes until the deluge subsided to sprinkles,
and then set out for a 2 mile walk to my hotel.
I walked only a total of 4 miles between hotels and train stations in Dartford
and Greenwich, I was very wet when I arrived at the hotel about 11:30 am. Fortunately,
there was one room available that early, which I took so I could start drying
out. Right now I’m about 600 yards from the Thames and about 1½ miles from the
Thames Barrier, where I’ll start the final leg of my walk. That will be this afternoon
if the skies clear. Otherwise, it will be tomorrow, clear skies or not.