Monday, September 19, 2016
After visiting Salisbury Cathedral we intended to visit the stones at Stonehenge. The route we took meant we went north on a minor road, then joined a motorway and had about 5 miles to travel west until we were to exit the motorway and drive a mile or so to the Stonehenge visitors centre. This was not to happen. From the moment we joined the motorway we found ourselves stationary, the queue of cars not moving at all. It took us over half an hour to crawl those five miles, with the traffic free flowing going the opposite way. We guessed it was an accident and waited patiently. All of a sudden we came over the crest of a hill and saw Stonehenge in the distance on the other side of the road. Richard managed to find his camera and zoom in on the stones. (I was driving.) We were going so slowly this was not a problem. Suddenly, it clicked. The traffic jam wasn't caused by an accident, it was vehicles on the motorway slowing to look at the stones. Sure enough, as soon as we passed the traffic on our side of the motorway sped up to normal speed, but the people on the other side were only crawling along. Quick revision of plans. Going to the visitors centre would mean spending more time in a queue of traffic trying to get there, and then more afterwards to leave the area. We had a photo, and we found something else to do. Pity.