Of course, I love cycling up cols and big loops in the countryside. But there is also nothing better than a long ride before getting on an airplane. I enjoy being in serious calorie-debt and then being presented with hot nuts, appetizer, main course, cheese plate, ice cream and chocolates on the plane.
Here is a shot of the Thames from the grounds of Windsor Castle, which you can see in the background of the shot below.
Out of the hotel at Heathrow Airport at 5:00 am to the astonished bemusement of the early airline crews loading into the buses. Then a fast ride out towards Henley through mostly flat countryside and small towns.
2,647 calories and almost three hours later I was back at the Sheraton Heathrow hotel (green marker in the above photo), packed and headed off for the feast from London to Chicago on United Airlines:
I love the First Class suites on the newly configured UAL planes. And, on arriving in Chicago I got a message from Pam that my flight from ORD to La Guardia had been cancelled. But, before I could even check at the transfer desk, the United Airlines Global Services representative was waiting for me in baggage claim with a sign that said, “GOREE” and she had my new boarding pass and luggage re-route slips. So easy!
Finally home now and thinking about cancelling my Switzerland trip and staying put in New York for the next two months. All of my trips for the rest of July and August are in the up-state area, first to the Finger Lakes and then to the Adirondacks. Ah, to be in the same time zone for eight weeks!