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We've arrived. We've done it. Portland, OR, USA to Leicester UK, overland by bus and train as far as practically possible. We feel happy. Here are the interim stats...
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... 105 acre gardens. Naturally, Avery and I felt right at home and exhibited our most bourgeois behavior while touring the place. We also learned it was the setting for the Keira Knightley Pride and Prejudice 2005 film. Here is a video summary slide show and a bunch of pictures from the ...
... Botanical Gardens and the nearby Sheffield General Cemetery. Avery was pumped for the cemetery because she studies mortuary archaeology. It has actually been closed since the 70's and is quite overgrown with headstones knocked over and such, but made for an interesting experience. The British apparently don't like to think about death much and tend to put cemeteries on the outskirts of town. Later that weekend, we happened across a cultural fest and grabbed some authentic dutch ...
Just as I was beginning to tire, I came into another clearing only to be completely surprised. Out of nowhere I was suddenly witness to a game of Cricket. It almost had an Alice in Wonderland quality to it. Anyway, I sat down and watch the game or match or whatever it is called for a while, then continued my trek.
Passing some bushes, I noticed ...
... I should tell you that we have named our GPS Miss Maple. She never raises her voice or changes her tone but you know it if you ignore her messages, she takes every opportunity to tell you to turn around or redirect your route until you get where she wants you to be. When we headed to the castle we wanted to take what we thought would be scenic route via the seaside so we were following the road signs and not listening to Miss Maple. Well she had the last ...