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, August 14, 2014
August 14, 2014 -- Day 60, Shepperton to Staines, 8 miles
returned by train this morning to Shepperton, this time to walk to Staines where
my journey began two months ago. As I rejoined the pastoral Thames one last
time, I slowed my pace, to savor the final hours of the walk and reflect on my
as always, are the people I was fortunate to meet along the way. That good
fortune continued today, when I met John and Wendy, from Vancouver, B.C., who’ve
been walking the Thames from its source. They’ve also walked the Irish Coast to
Coast, although by a more northern route than I took. John is a fan of Ernest
Shackleton, giving us something else in common.
John and Wendy
an hour later I met Harry, from Ross on Wye, who was on his way to complete his 5th
annual walk of the Thames Path from the source. Harry also walked the Thames to
its source 50 years ago before there was a path.
as I crossed Staines Bridge, I knew the loop had been closed and the walk was finished.
Thames from Staines Bridge
But I still had one more task to complete. Two months ago I had affixed a
zip-tie to an old fence about 100 yards from the bridge, and promised myself to
return and cut it off. As soon as I cut it, King Arthur appeared, along with
members of his court.
CHAIRS FOR SIR LOST-A-LOT!” exclaimed the King.
really, your Highness,” I protested. “I’m feeling fine. I don’t need any
hip, hooray,” shouted the court. “Hip, hip …”
hips are fine,” I interrupted. “My feet and knees are a little tired, though.”
more chairs for Sir Lost-a-lot!” exclaimed the King
REALLY, I DON’T NEED ANY MORE CHAIRS!! I don't need any more chairs! I don't need any more chairs. I don't need any mo....."