I left Bath with great memories this morning the 12th of November. The plan is to take backroads and cycle about 50 miles to Salsbury, which puts me in position to cycle into Portsmouth tomorrow and catch an overnight ferry to France.
I notice I am passing a few miles from Stonehenge. Ahhaaa, so that’s where all these tourist busses are going. I decide to swing by.
The road runs right past Stonehenge, you can simply drive by and take a look if you please. I lock my bike in the large parking lot. You have to pay 30lbs? (overheard, not verified) to go inside the fence that surrounds the stones.
I don’t like the tourist vibe, can’t get past it. I skip paying admission and poke my camera through the chain link. So glad that Richard and Diane suggested Avebury.
Stonehenge and tourism.
I chuckle at this unlikely mash up of different cultures, a stone age monolith visited by busloads of tourists seeking something special. The tourists speed recklessly past me as I cycle on to Salsburg. Did they get what they came for? Or are they still hungry, hungry for something they can’t name?
The YMCA hostel allows me to camp in their yard. Yippeee, my own room and only 7.5 lbs, not 17.5. It’s the best of both worlds, the facilities of the hostel and the pleasures of sleeping peacefully in my tent. A walk into Salsbury for groceries surprised me with this McDonalds.
It looks like a club! Where’s the plastic clown? I saw a Pizza Hut in Stratford Upon Avon that was equally stylish. I rather like the European versions!
In the morning I went to the town walk and got some pics of the stream that flows through.
And then went to the amazing Salsibury Cathedral. I was in time for a sermon, and to hear the pipe organ play. The base notes were so resonant they were almost like ships horns.
Can you find my bike, Griboulle?
Gorgeous inner courtyard.
I’m editing this from the Portsmouth ferry to France terminal. I’ll be in St Malo France tomorrow, Monday the 14th. I’m nervous to be in a country with a foreign language. I’ll have to learn a lot quickly. I might just camp close to town and walk and shop and get my cultural bearings for a day…
I’ve cycled 1038 miles in Europe this last month. Anyone interested in trip costs, daily averages, etc?