May 30, 2012
Nov 07, 2012
! Not only did those guys give us some awesome information, they were a lot of fun to hang out with. They were fascinated by our couch surf stories. I think most tough bikers have a soft candy centre under that hard shell exterior, don't you agree parents? Anyways, so we changed our plans to add Charmouth as a stop on our way to Salisbury. Once we got to Charmouth we set out to the beach to look for some fossils. At first we didn't have much luck, but then we walked further along to some bigger black rocks and we started to see tons of them. The fossils were mostly of ammonites, the small spiral shaped things that can be found all over the world. It was so cool! Some of the rocks looked like big bullets that resembled the head of a squid, and I later learned that these are called belemnites. I think Jess even found a bone fragment from something small. After spending an hour or two looking on the beach, we got back into the car and headed down the road a bit. We stopped at a place called Lulworth Cove. Stunning scenary here of the cliffs, bays, and rock arches carved out by the waves that hit the different layers of exposed rock. We walked for about a mile over a hill to Durtle's Door. Equally stunning there too. If there is one thing that I like more than seeing amazing castles, it's natural wonders like this. Definitely worth the visit!!
Day four of driving in the UK, and things are getting a lot more comfortable. I have only hit the wiper blades instead of the signal once in the past two days. Our final destination today is Salisbury. But first, we are heading to the Jurassic Coast. Part of England's southern end, 95 miles of coastline jut out of the sea and expose rock that spans the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretacious periods. You can find rocks and fossils along this part of the coast that range from 185 million years ago! We had to go see this, and our Rio made this possible. We had originally planned to stop at only one place on the Jurassic Coast, but then we got talking with some guys at our hostel in Cheddar. Four middle-aged bikers guys were all huddled around a map on the table next to Jess and I. We were doing the same thing as they were, planning out our route for the next day. We started talking to each other and they mentioned a place called Charmouth where you can literally go walk along the beach and find your own fossils