England – Chapter 53

We fly from Norfolk, Virginia, to London. This is the start of our three hikes in England. We will be hiking the Dales Way, Coast-to-Coast Walk, and Cotswold Way. First, we must get to Ilkley, the beginning of the Dales Way.

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After the airplane has taken off, we look down at the Norfolk area.

We land at Heathrow Airport and take the London Underground to Kings Cross where we see a dinosaur.

I read Chapter 53 of the Tao te Ching, translated by Steven Mitchell.

“The great Way is easy,
yet people prefer the side paths.”

We take a train to Leeds, where we look at a statue of Edward of Woodstock (1330-1376), son of King Edward III.

Edward was known as the Black Prince, due to his black armor. He took part in many battles and campaigns but he died at the age of 46, not becoming king. His son became King Richard III. He often had entire towns slaughtered when the people refused to surrender before the battle.

“Be aware when things are out of balance.
Stay centered within the Tao.”

“When rich speculators prosper
While farmers lose their land;”

In Ilkley, we look inside the All Saint’s Church, where there are crosses remaining from the 8th century.

There are signs explaining the symbols on these crosses. The middle photograph shows “Christ enthroned…”

“When government officials spend money
on weapons instead of cures;”

We reach the 17th Century Old Bridge of Ilkley, which marks the beginning of the Dales Way, an 80 mile walk that ends at Windermere.

We find the sign that marks the beginning of the path. Tomorrow, we begin.

“When the upper class is extravagant and irresponsible
while the poor have nowhere to turn-
all this is robbery and chaos.”

We see another old Church in Ilkley. This church is presently a restaurant, but it has been sold and will become office space.

“It is not in keeping with the Tao.”

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