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, August 11, 2014
August 10, 2014 -- Thames Barrier, 5 miles
sun came out long enough on Sunday afternoon to induce me to walk to the Thames Barrier, the
official start/finish of the Thames Path. The Thames Barrier is the world’s
largest moveable sea wall, and is designed to close off the River Thames from the
storm tides that would otherwise cause disastrous flooding upstream. As I
reached the Barrier, the rain started again, but I ducked inside a small café for
a coke and sandwich, and waited out the squall.
the rain stopped, I followed the Thames Path to the O2 – a combination
entertainment center and shopping mall located at the north end of the
Greenwich peninsula. The roof of the structure appears to be a canvas tent. Intrigued, I wandered around inside, but
except for its circular footprint, the O2 was just a typical
shopping mall with the usual upscale chain restaurants.
to the O2 is the Emirates Air Line, a cable car system spanning the
River Thames. I wasn’t inclined to ride the cable car any more than I was inclined
to eat in a high-priced restaurant, so I returned to my hotel.
as I walked in the door, my phone rang. It was Ben, who lives a few blocks from
my hotel. I first met Ben on Offa’s Dyke Path 3 years ago, and Janet and I had
dinner with him the following year. Ben and his wife, Emma, invited me to have
dinner at their home. It was a pleasant conclusion to the day.