Harlan R. Sager


Harlan R. Sager

If it is not the destination but the journey; then why can you not get a ticket to travel, unless you have the name of a place, to where you are going?

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London September 22nd 2019

22 September 2019, Sunday Day 21 on Thames Path from Greenwich to the Thames Barrier near Woolwich. 37th day of travel. 6 miles from Greenwich to the Barrier. Ah, you might have wondered why the blog entries have bogged down timewise? Well, we have had one foot in England while wrapping our brains trying to understand the complexities and perplexities of countries we have since traveled in the Middle East. To see-saw back and forth over such different areas has been mentally taxing. One day , in Morocco, I thought it might help to have my head wrapped up, so it was done in a weaving shop--sadly, it resulted in little insight into our introductions to Jordan, Dubai, Morocco and Israel whilst trying to finish up Merry Old England. Today we complete the 184 river miles ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London September 21st 2019

21 September 2019, Saturday Day 20 on Thames path. Putney Bridge to Greenwich, day 35 of travel The last day of summer, first day of fall or equinox is today. London promises a sunny 75 degree day. Tower Bridge to Greenwich We leave the Premiere Inn at Tower Bridge and walk towards the bridge. As one writer has said, "Tower Bridge is unashamedly Victorian Gothic in style, and inevitably attracted sneers from architectural purists. "However, the public loved the bridge, completed in 1894. We are still on the South Bank, following the river to Greenwich. We go along cobbled streets with tall warehouses ahead. We turn down Maggie Blake's Cause, commemorating a recent local activist who fought to allow access to the Thames River Path for everyone, against developers who wanted to restrict it to diners ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London September 20th 2019

20 September 2019, Friday Day 19 on Thames Path Putney Bridge to Southwark Bridge along the south bank of the river, day 35 of travel. Today was to be shorter but the 2 hours at and around the US Embassy added several miles, so, another 15.5 mile day. But the buildings, sites, and parks are most interesting. We enjoyed a lovely breakfast at the Premier Inn at Putney Bridge. Then we crossed over the Thames on the bridge with its ornate lamp posts to begin our walk for the day. The first building was St. Mary's Church with its history of having hosted, in 1647, the debates by Oliver Cromwell and other parliamentarians about constitutional matters. A unique candelabra from a sister Swedish church was on display. The altar is in the center so services are ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Surrey » Kingston September 19th 2019

19 September 2019, Thursday Kingston on Thames to Putney Bridge London day 18 of Thames Path, day 34 of travel A note about the previous blog. Harlan's brother-in-law and Bob, a friend from Anthem, have given identification to our 'oreo' cows!' They are Banded Galloways bred in Scotland. A 15.9 mile day. Left the White Hart hotel around 0800 with plans to walk to the cafe at Petersham Nursery for breakfast (Google says open at 0900). We crossed over the bridge and at the lower level of the John Lewis building we saw the archeological section of a arched roof structure of a very early 14th century merchant's house. This is the exact spot the barrel-vaulted cellar and ornate chequerboard flint and chalk walls were discovered when working in the old bridge abutments. We elected to ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Surrey » Kingston September 18th 2019

18 September 2019, Wednesday Day 17 Thames Path, Chertsey to Kingston on Thames, day 32 of travel. After buffet breakfast at The Crown Hotel, we set out. The book indicated a 12 mile day but Garmin showed 12.9 miles. As we approached the Chertsey Bridge Wendy had just emerged from The Bridge Hotel and saw us, so we were blessed with her company for the day. After crossing the bridge we walked along Dumsey Meadow. The plants, animals, birds and fish are detailed on signs. The landscape is now that of Thames watermeadows. Also saw 'oreo cows,' black front and back and white middle. Just past Shepperton Lock we took the small Shepperton to Weybridge ferry across to the opposite tow path much like the old barge tow people would do. But, we were in a ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Surrey » Chertsey September 17th 2019

17 September 2019, Tuesday Day 16 on Thames Path, Windsor to Chertsey, day 31 of travel. England. Day 16 on Thames Path It is a beautiful day as we leave Windsor. The flowers in town are putting on their final show in a burst of pride. We have grand views of the castle, that is providing the distant backdrop, from across the Home Park, an open area that faces the castle Today the highlights will be found in the meadows of Runnymeade. We find the two Lutyens gatehouses, one containing the Magna Carta Tea Room, and find Norma and Jo, having had their drinks, ready to take off. We take a break and then head down the meadows. Just over 800 years ago weak King John set his seal on the Magna Carta, "Great Charter." This ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Berkshire » Windsor September 16th 2019

16 September 2019, Monday Day 15 on Thames Path, a rest day in Windsor and visit to the castle. Day 30 of travel. A new day dawns and it is a rest day--yah! For some reason we thought daily mileages were decreasing after Marlow; instead every day is longer than indicated in the national trails guide book. A nine mile day is thirteen, an eleven mile day turns in to a fourteen mile day--it is most distressing 😒. And fatiguing. The night before, Julia had smoothed the ruffled feathers of four tired, frustrated travelers as they arrived at her door. She served tea in her lovely parlor, shared information of the area (important information such as, "Where is the nearest laundromat?") and sent us off to a local pub to get a "nutritional attitude adjustment." We ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England September 16th 2019

15 September 2019, Sunday Thames Path day 14, Bisham Abbey National Sports Complex to Oxford. Day 30 of travel. Seven o'clock was an early start for our 16.8 miles of walking. It was a weekend so no breakfast service until after 0800. We asked for a take away bag and got a dry croissant, apple and cookie with a sugary sports drink. From the National Athlete Training Complex-- go figure! The photos of the dozens of Britian's gold metal Olympic athletes and world record holders are on the walls around us. But no photography allowed. I learned that when taking a photo of the dedication of the complex in 1990s by Princess Diana. They have many young children training there normally so they do have a good reason. I asked and was given permission to take ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Berkshire September 14th 2019

14 September 2019, Saturday Henley on Thames to Bisham Abbey National Sports Center day 13 Thames Path day 29 of travel Henley is a most beautiful village. Yesterday, when, with weary feet, we arrived at Marsh Lock, it was as if we had come upon Brigadoon. Marsh Lock is unusually situated in midstream and you reach it via a long, wooden causeway. Then one goes past a Georgian lock house, sporting hanging flower baskets, and then you go back to the bank again by a second causeway leading to pretty cottages at the foot of Mill Lane. A grand floral entry to a superb English village. - But now, after a welcome night at the Row Barge Pub, we saunter down West St., in the beautiful sun, enjoying the morning. It is difficult to imagine this ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Oxfordshire » Henley-on-Thames September 13th 2019

13 September 2019, Friday Day 12 on Thames Path. Reading to Henley-on-Thames, day 28 of travel We left the Crowne Plaza hotel around 0830 and walked a little over a mile to the Tesco superstore where we had breakfast at the cafe inside. I had told Jo, Norma and Karen it was a short 7.5 mile day. It turned out to be more than 11.5. We started at the Caversham bridge and passed a footbridge over the Thames. This is a suspension bridge with a single structural tower and cables to the abutments that support the bridge deck. Then the bicycles started flying by. A duck on the shore was resting on one leg. Jo commented the duck was doing Pilates. Our own bodies could use a good Pilates session. Today we are looking for the ... read more

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