Nothing is ever as difficult as having to say goodbye to someone you care about. Ruth’s flight back to the States was this afternoon and even though I had the best week I can ever remember having it was sure hard seeing her go. We had a blast hanging out, siteseeing in Lincoln and keeping the local wine sellers in business.

As far as a touristy review of what’s it’s like spending a week in Lincoln I can’t think of a better place to stay. The city is just big enough to have the necessary mix of pubs/restaurants and attractions without being overcrowded. Even the weather cooperated and we had several days of sunshine. Some of the bigger things we saw were the Lincoln Castle, constructed during the late 11th century by William the Conqueror, one of the four surviving originals of the Magna Carta, the 11th century Lincoln Cathedral, reputedly the tallest building in the world for 249 years (1300–1549), a medieval Bishop’s Palace and several museums including one with a collection of very disturbing medieval torture instruments and another with one of the first tanks used in WWI.

Maybe the big highlight of the week was a ghost walk tour which we fittingly took on the evening of Friday the 13th. OK, the tour was pretty cheesy, it rained most of the time and we didn’t see a single ghost. We did walk over an area where they buried plague victims from the Black Death so it’s not like there wasn’t an opportunity for something to reach out from beyond the grave. :)

I’m not sure where I’m going next so the extra couple days will be spent trying to figure that out. The original plan was to ride around northern France before cutting up through Luxembourg into Germany and then onto Poland. I’m not particularly keen on spending any more time in populated areas of Europe which presents a bit of a problem because there aren’t too many unpopulated areas. I tracked down a map of population density and think I’ll reroute myself through to Berlin using that as a guide. We’ll see how that goes. I’m having this big problem as of late with not knowing exactly where I want to go. There’s more about that on this older post that I hadn’t published until today. One thing is for sure–I need to get somewhere where it’s not raining every day.

The rather scary Liquorice Park

The rather scary Liquorice Park

Taking a walk in The Arboretum (park in Lincoln)

Taking a walk in The Arboretum (park in Lincoln)

Sometimes I wish I could just stop time

Sometimes I wish I could just stop time

Pottergate Arch, Lincoln

Pottergate Arch, Lincoln

More houses in Lincoln

More houses in Lincoln

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12th century Medieval Bishop's Palace in Lincoln

12th century Medieval Bishop’s Palace in Lincoln

Steep Hill street in Lincoln

Steep Hill street in Lincoln

Ruth making a call

Ruth making a call

Amazing what female teachers had to deal with back then

Amazing what female teachers had to deal with back then

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Me and some old bikes in the Museum of Lincolnshire Life

Me and some old bikes in the Museum of Lincolnshire Life

Old newspaper in the Museum of Lincolnshire Life

Old newspaper in the Museum of Lincolnshire Life

Ellis Mill

Ellis Mill

Enjoying some lunch

Enjoying some lunch

Inside Lincoln Cathederal

Inside Lincoln Cathederal

Lincoln Castle from the roof of the Cathederal

Lincoln Castle from the roof of the Cathederal

Lincoln Cathederal

Lincoln Cathederal

7 Responses to “Lincoln, UK Update”
  1. karin and marten says:

    keep your head up, we know you can. We are waiting for you in the Netherlands, it is such a beautiful weather here, you remember that for sure, and not populated, closest shop 6 km. So for you THE place to be and to hang out with us. Marten is even willing to go again to Amsterdam with you, and me, oh you know, apple pie, cookies, dead fly pudding, not so much talking in the morning, and I will get you on the bike, need to go for a lens again :) HUGS

  2. Aunt Leta says:

    Should we start saving to attend a wedding? Glad you found a lovely lady. Have fun.

    Love ya.

  3. Aunt Leigh Ann says:

    Looks like fun was had by all..

  4. Cindy says:

    If you don’t know what to do, listen to your heart! It won’t steer you wrong and she is a beautiful lady… You look great together!!!! Wishing you the best always!

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