|Gas storage tanks seen from the bus on the Isle of Grain|
For once, I didn't mind having to return immediately and on the same bus - Grain turned out to be completely unremarkable, although the complex of Gas-powered power stations and associated gas storage tank farms was fascinating, from the bus. Although the other buses we passed on the route to and from Grain were double-deckers, ours was only a small single-deck, which was almost full by the time we got back to Strood, where I alighted. Although only just across the River Medway from Rochester, Strood is another world - much more like the rest of the workaday Medway Towns, but it did have a cafe where I got a reasonable lunch that I'd have paid twice as much for over the river.
|The bus terminus at Cliffe.|
I was able to avoid another out-and-back from Cliffe by virtue of the three-times-a-day service on to Gravesend, for which I had only half-an-hour to wait.
Although my plan was to stay the night in Gravesend it was only early afternoon, so I was able to continue over the Thames on the eleventh ferry of the trip to Tilbury and then on to Grays on the Essex bank of the estuary. Although this would mean having to return the same way I didn't mind. Gravesend looked a (slightly) better place to end this section of the trip and it would save me a lot of time on the next portion when I'll be able to re-start at Grays.
|Transport integration at Tilbury Ferry|
|The fare to Tilbury Riverside (closed 1992)|
From Tilbury I completed this stage of the odyssey on a local bus to Grays, where I spent about 15 minutes in the bus station before returning via the same route to Gravesend.
The trip will be continued in September.