Our trip started with bringing Suzie to college in Massachusetts. We were now officially Empty Nesters. To kick off the new era, we went on to England ...
... and headed out to the countryside for some touring and running.
I had a 25 mile run scheduled and the footpaths of the Cotswolds was a great place to do it.
You can run for hundreds of miles with towns every few miles along the way.
Gels and sports drinks are not needed here.
The towns are cookie-cutter perfect and you can stop for refreshments ...
... but I needed to get back after 12 miles for a spot of tea, a change of clothes, and to pick up Kay for the 2nd half of the run.
The fields on the footpaths are separated by stiles.
Above Broadway near the (in)famous Broadway Tower.
Into another town.
Running into Chipping Campden.
Outside of our room later that day. We were very tired, but also hungry so we got tweedy and went to dinner. How proper and civilized!
We moved on to my business meeting outside of London. Our room was on the banks of the Thames. We could run forever on the Thames Path with views like this.
Couldn't resist the famous meat pies. Odd tasting meat though. Note the look in our eyes. Did I mention that there is a barbershop next door?
Next it was off to London for the weekend. "Stetson Faces" at the Houses of Parliament.
Scouting a long run in London. Kensington and Hyde Parks will do nicely.
Erika (my niece) and Florian made us an unbelievable dinner in their flat overlooking the Thames in London.
Steve and Kay at "Momma Mia" on our last night in England. Don't miss it if you get the chance!
Kay went home and Steve went to Italy for more business. It can be nice, but makes it difficult to keep up your training. I mostly maintained training and only had wine with lunch once.
An after work run above town.
The last afternoon was free and I got to run the paths between the towns of the famous Cinque Terre. Very beautiful, steep, and rugged.
The last town of the Cinque Terre in the background.