The Walk to Whitstable

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one day i decided to take a walk to whitstable. that's right, a walk. check out a map of england and see how far apart canterbury and whitstable are. i walked all the way there and all the way back. i even went out of my way to see a friend on the way.
This was actually one of my favorite adventures. My friend Tracie had gone with some of her housemates one day and said it was pleasant, so I decided to give it a shot, too. It took me almost until it was time to leave, but I managed it.

I had no idea where Whitstable was or how far away from Canterbury it would be by foot, so without looking it up I decided just to go. Halfway between my room and the Campus Shop (that was its name) was a little arrow sign labeled "Whitstable," which I had seen almost every day, and I figured it was about time I followed it. So I walked behind the building, through a section of campus I had never seen before, and out to a little grassy path.
here's the start of the path, more or less.
A few bicyclists passed me in the first hour, and then it was surprisingly still.

I'm not sure how many hours it took each way, but it was a lot. I made friends with some creepy cows, who stared at me no matter how long I stood there and stared back, and found a little graveyard with some interesting artwork beside it. It was so peaceful and quiet the whole time, and I was really glad that I'd decided to go alone.

When I made it to the "seaside" town of Whitstable, I stopped on the rocky beach for a few minutes to try and read my book (Slaughterhouse 5, I think). But it was cold, and Lucy sent me a text message, so I decided it was time to return to Canterbury. I tried to catch a train or the bus back to town, but I couldn't figure out where or when so I just walked the whole way back.

I've just Google mapped it, and as the crow flies, the trip is nine miles each way. Now I'm even prouder of myself than before.
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more road.
more road.
these flowers were everywhere.
these flowers were everywhere.
also neat.
also neat.
see, told you i like cemetaries.
see, told you i like cemetaries.
whitstable! i made it!
whitstable! i made it!
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yay! the beach! wait...this is th…
Whitstable
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