To Zorb the Stone Ring
Trip Start Oct 22, 2005
224Trip End Ongoing
The second challenge of the day was actually navigating our way out of London
After a few hours driving and a short time stuck in traffic, we arrived in Bournemouth to have our first glimpse of a British beach. We could have been in Queenscliff to be honest. What happened to the black pebble beaches you always hear about? Maybe they ship the clean white sand in from other more desirable beaches? To be honest it was quite nice with seagulls and lots of people swimming in the cold Channel. After a quick lunch we continued on to Dorchester to experience Megan's birthday present - Zorbing!
If you ever get the chance to Zorb take it, it was so much fun
After drying off and being fully qualified Zorbonauts, we headed back to the car and worked out where to go for the night. We figured out we were just a few hours from Bath so we headed there. Driving in Bath was worse than driving in London. The whole place was one way streets but they all looped around the town making it impossible to get into the middle. Eventually we stopped cruising around, parked the car and walked into the heart of town. Once we had booked a couple of beds at the local YMCA we headed out for some dinner at a quaint little Italian place then wandered around the town
After an early night and our free breakfast (well actually it was included in the cost) we returned to some of the prettier places in Bath to take some photos before the day trip tourist busses rolled into town, Jumping back in the car we decided to head for the famous Stonehenge. On the way we stopped in a little town called Devizes for a rest and discovered it was famous for it's canal locks called the Caen Hill Locks. After a short walk along the canal we found the series of 16 locks and watched a few boats maneuver their way through. We decided the novelty would wear off after watching two boats go through some locks, we were told it takes three hours to get through all of them. Three hours of hard work opening and closing all the locks. From here we headed down the road to Avebury which has another national trust covered stone area similar to Stonehenge. After wandering around for a while we continued on our way to the more famous site with the heavens opening and rain pouring down. We had no choice, having driven all this way, but to get out in the rain and have a look at the henge. To be honest it's a lot smaller than you would imagine and whilst it is famous we really wandered what all the fuss was about. Soaked through we jumped in the car and headed home. We really liked the freedom the car gave us and may consider hiring one again later on in the trip.