Our Barge, Odysseus

Sunday, September 04, 2011

Planes, Trains and Automobiles (well, vans) Sept. 2

The trip home as planned was to take the Eurostar from Paris to London with an hour to make the tube trip from the train to Heathrow and then time for a leisurely lunch before our flight left at 4, then a shuttle van home.
Things got a little dicey when there was a signal problem on the Eurostar tracks and we ended up sitting in a tunnel in the English countryside for about 1 1/2 hours. Then the 1 hour subway ride ran a little long because of some delays on the tracks so our leisurely lunch turned into wolfing down paninis while on the way to the gate for our flight.
After an on-time departure we headed north.
The trip takes the great circle route from London to Los Angeles; leaving England and crossing Scotland, Iceland and Greenland before heading south just west of Hudson Bay, crossing Montana, Wyoming and Nevada before entering California airspace. Since the flight leaves at 4 and lands at 7 pm heading west, the whole thing is in daylight. Usually it clouds up the minute you head north but this time we were blessed with clear skies over most of the trip and a great view of the western Greenland fjords.

And not a wing shot among 'em!

There was a great swimming pool in this iceberg. Don't know that I'd want to go swimming in there, though.

We landed on time at 7:15 pm. Unfortunately, several oversees flights had landed before us and the customs and immigration hall was full. We couldn't leave the plane for about half an hour, then stood in line for about an hour and a half to get our passports scanned.
After the van made two circles around the airport looking for more passengers we headed up the freeway only to get stuck in traffic caused by a wreck on one of the busiest freeways in Los Angeles.
Finally, at 11 pm we were at our door. Thankfully, Mary, who had stayed in the house while we were gone, left us with a freshly made bed and coffee for the morning. This years trip was over.

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