At the December TCC Southern California lunch in Beverly Hills, the adventuress Pam Barrus highlighted her three-week hike this past summer along Great Britain’s Thames Path. The entertaining presentation included the history along the way, and photos of the bucolic countryside today as well as photos of paintings of the earlier life along the 184-mile National Trail.
Pam started off by telling us about the potential hazards one could encounter, such as rashes from stinging nettles or horrific blisters from contact with giant hogweed.
The hike starts at the, source of the Thames, a pile of rocks in a Cotswold meadow called Trewsbury Mead, outside the village of Kemble in Gloucestershire.
She overnighted at B&Bs, pubs, a hostel, a college dorm at Oxford, one “expensive” hotel, etc. Because accommodations were difficult to find, sometimes she had to stay more than one night in a place and do some backtracking to resume where she left off the hike the previous day. A question-and-answer period followed.
It’s always interesting to hear about Pam’s unique adventures!