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Saturday, August 12th, 2006

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11:17p
Update on travel from the UK ...
I may have reported on Friday in LJ (or maybe it was flyertalk www.flyertalk.com) that the BBC and SKY news were giving conflicting answers as to what happens to the stuff you buy after you clear security.

The goods news is that the Virgin Atlantic website is confirming what the BBC was saying ...

Books and "dry" duty free goods, such as cigarettes and electrical items, purchased airside i.e. after the airport central security point, are permitted in their original sealed packaging, with proof of purchase. No liquids, gels, lotions of any description are permitted, regardless of where purchased.

On the other hand, today, Saturday was the first day that the flight I am scheduled to take on Friday VS11 from LHR->BOS was actually canceled. It took off ~4 hours late on Thursday, ~2 hours late on Friday, and after a 7 or so hour delay on Saturday they apparently gave up.

As it stands now, I fully expect to be returning by way of Eurostar and Paris on Friday (there is no way in heck that I am checking my laptop).

P.S. I'm doing this from the "public" computer in the lounge of the Petersham Hotel where I am staying for the weekend. The good news is that it is free. The bad news is that they allow smoking. The drunk foreigners are just window dressing.

Current Mood: tired
11:34p
Update on my travels in the UK ...
Today I took the train from Richmond to Windsor and rented a bicycle. There might have been closer places but various people had recommended the place in Windsor. It was 15 GBP (~$30) for 8 hours as opposed to $50 IIRC for 24 hours in Boston (well Watertown) last year.

I biked back along the Thames, doing the 26 or so miles back to Richmond in about 3.5 hours with a 1/2 hour for lunch.

This was slower than I expected but it took time to figure out where I was going (since I wasn't familiar with the route as opposed to last year along the Charles). There were some stretches I made good time (Staines to Shepperton, Hampton Court to Kingston, both of which probably averaged 20 MPH), but there were also some dead ends and some badly marked paths that caused me to go out of the way. Also bicycling on sand / gravel is a lot slower than asphalt. While most of the MDC / Charles River Paths are paved, most of today's were not. While I like "mountain bikes" for their stability, the extra surface area on the tires probably adds to drag. This was only the second time I'd ridden a mountain bike for any distance. Unfortunately what I really want is a mountain bike frame / tires geared like a road bike. (I rarely used anything except for 14 and 21 on the bike today; it was 21 speed - 3 x 7; I used 7 on occasion going up some steep short hills.)

I was really hoping to make it as far as Waterloo or at least Clapham junction, but after Richmond, the path got even more confusing. I stayed along the Thames, perhaps as far as Putney, but eventually started heading back and wound up picking up NationalRail at Barnes (as opposed to Waterloo / Clapham Junction).

I suspect I biked about 40 miles all together in about 5-6 hours.

I took the bike on the train back to Windsor and returned it. It was interesting to note that all the touristas had taken Windsor over by 5 PM. When I got there at 10 AM in the morning it was fairly quite.

Oh, and the drunk foreigners behind me in the lounge (see previous post) as starting to loudly recite bad poetry.

I should either go to bed or go get another drink.

Current Mood: thirsty

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