George Johnston: May 8th – Stonehenge

I left London on Sunday May 5, and biked to Reading about 50 miles.  The trip turned into a canal excursion as the mapping system on my new phone has a bicycling mode and routed me along the towpath of the Grand Union Canal and it Slough(rhymes with cow) arm as the shortest route.From Reading I took a train to Bath as the Reading hostel  was fully booked.  In Bath the Kennet and Avon canal from London flows into the Avon River.  Leaving Bath on Tuesday I biked the canal to Bradford on Avon where I bought my Moulton bike 30 years ago.  I ordered some new tires and tubes for it to be shipped to Tampa for me.  One of the staff at the bike company told me of a good route to continue on the canal about ten more miles toward Stonehenge and bike with me to the start on the canal.  

Grand Union Canal


After leaving the canal there were lots of hills and a headwind so I just made the 9:00 pm last check in time Cholderton Stonehenge hostel.  Lots of rain was forecast for today so I decided to stay two nights here instead of continuing to Portsmouth.  The was a break in the weather around midday so I biked over to Stonehenge for a look after thirty years.  You can no longer get close to the stones so it was much better on the first visit.


Ferry schedules are calling for some major alterations in my plan.  I thought there was a ferry from Plymouth to Spain on Sunday, but it doesn’t start running until the following week.  There are ferries from Portsmouth to Spain on Friday night and Saturday morning, but they are both showing full on their web site.  I’ll check with them in Portsmouth  when I get there and maybe there is space if you don’t have a car.  If not, my original plan was to go the Guernsey and St. Malo, France and on to Portugal from there, so I may switch back to that.

Alex Moulton House at the Bike Factory

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