Thursday, September 3, 2009

Pictures from Dover

At last, a little picture of what Dover is like.

First, the legendary white cliffs of Dover. They are made of chalk basically. The stuff just crumbles in your hands.

Dover Harbor, where I swam many hours. My swim will actually begin on a beach outside the Harbor call "Samphire Hoe," it looks much like the second photo below.

The woman in the light blue t-shirt is Freda Streeter, the Queen of the Beach. Just because she loves Channel swimming, and pretty much knows more about training for a Channel swim than anyone else in the world, she (and a few other wonderful people) helps swimmers out every Saturday and Sunday from May - September. Sometimes she is on the beach for eight hours, giving assistance and advice. Her daughter Alison, MBE, is the Queen of the Channel, having swum the Channel more times than anybody else - 43 times! (The male record by the way is 34 times.)

Dover Castle, built in the 1100s.


ScottishSwimmer said...

Good luck Mike, I am a swimming friend of Doug McConnell here in Barrington and have also decided to prepare for the channel in 2 1/2 years. I have been following your blog with great interest. Best of luck and I hope we can meet when you return with Doug and toast your effort and success.

Karen said...

Good luck Mike! I too am following your blog with great interest. I wish you the best.

Mike Solberg said...

Hey ScottishSwimmer, nice to hear from you. Thanks for the good wishes.

Hi Karen! How's Prague? Thanks for the good vibes!