As I explained in the introduction to Set Nineteen; while in England on my bike trip, the most gracious family (Bet, Ian, George, David and Jayne) took me into London to show me all the sights – and here is the Tower Bridge.
Another view of the Tower Bridge, in London, England; everything you look at in London is living history, which makes London one of my two favorite cities in the world – along with Paris, France.
After visiting London, I rode northwest to Berkhamsted to see my mother’s pen pal, Marny and her family – Jim, Lloyd and Jackie; here Marny (right) and her daughter Jackie (left) pose by my bike in front of their house.
Marny, Jim, Lloyd and Jackie were also very gracious and hospitable to me during my visit; here’s a close-up of Jackie and Marny posing by my bike in front of their house in Berkhamsted, England.
Jackie and I posed for our picture together; as a visiting Yank on a bicycle was an uncommon sight in these parts, I’m sure.
Here’s a close-up of Jackie and I with my bike; and for me it was rather unbelievable that I was touring the U.K. on a bicycle…which was literally a dream come true.
This is Marny, Jim, Loyd and Jackie’s house in Berkhamsted, where I was their guest during my bike trip.
One of the local side trips while I was visiting Marny and her family, was this trip to a local animal park where this Polaroid picture was taken of me.
It was the wettest spring in decades while I was in England; so I rode to Bath with the idea of crossing the English Channel to France, where I hoped for some dry weather; and this is Wells Cathedral, in Somerset, England.
In the spring of 1979 many buildings in England were being cleaned and renovated at the time; as was Wells Cathedral, partially covered here in scaffolding.
A close-up of the exterior detail of the beautiful Wells Cathedral, which was completed around the year 1250.
A picture of Colonel H. and Mrs. Keys, Winsbury House, Marksbury, Bath; who were both very gracious to me during my bike trip.
After crossing the English Channel on a ferry from Portsmouth, England to Le Havre, France; I rode towards Paris, and this picture was taken along the road between Le Havre and Paris.
I took a train for the final leg into downtown Paris; and finally found my way to the Eiffel Tower. (This photo was scanned from an 8″x10″ print.)
The same photo of my bike in front of the Eiffel Tower, in Paris, France. (Scanned from the original 4″x6″ print – it is my other “favorite picture” from my trip.)
Looking up at the Eiffel Tower, in Paris, France; where I had a simply unbelievable adventure and returned to England (despite the rain), as I couldn’t communicate with anyone in France.
After crossing the English Channel by ferry from Dunkerque, France; and finally arriving in Dover after three crossings (you have to read the log book entry to believe it) – I rode into Canterbury, and this is Canterbury Cathedral, in Canterbury, Kent, England.
A closer look at the beautiful grounds of Canterbury Cathedral; on a blue sky day in Canterbury, Kent, England.
I was graciously invited to stay with Jennifer’s family in Thirsk, and their Vet was Dr. J. A. Wight (a.k.a. James Herriot); and I had the opportunity to visit his Veterinary Surgery (shown here) in Thirsk, Yorkshire, England.
I had read all of his books and watched the PBS TV series, “All Creatures Great and Small;” so I was happy to have a chance to visit Dr. J. A. Wight’s (a.k.a. James Herriot) Veterinary Surgery in Thirsk, Yorkshire, England.
This is the York Minster, in York, England; as viewed on my approach into the city.