What day is it really? Somehow I always lose a day on these trips to Europe.
I got up at very reasonable time and we had an crappy in hotel breakfast of bad waffles and then off to the airport. We tried a new car park thing this time which was a valet parking. Leave your keys in the car and walk away. Worry about where it will be in 35 days. The check in was really smooth, as we had opted for the AirTransat Options Plus which put us in the priority line. What a great deal Options Plus is. The only glitch was the bike bag check in which had to go down the fragile oversize line. The security officer opened every zipper and pulled and ripped off my so carefully placed and tapped foam. Really is there a big problem with exploding bikes. She finally sent it down the belt but left me worried about how much of the bike padding was still in place. Through security and watched the divers feed the fish in the big Vancouver airport aquarium.
The plane was a very nice new A330. A 9 hour flight but then a 7 hour time difference and before you know it you are short a day. How you get that day back is a total mystery to me. Maybe I am a time traveler and just don’t get it.
The electronic boarder security machines were down in Gatwick so it was a long line to clear passport control. However we did get through and found Jos. Off to the van and over to the other terminal and picked up Patrick and off to the Airbnb condo. It is a very comfortable place.
It took about an hour to put Surly back together. It all came through ok foam torn up notwithstanding. The only thing is that one of the fenders was missing an adjustment nut. Who knows where it went. A quick trip to the local bike shop remedied this.
The Airbnb condo is out in Farnborough which was a famous WWII air base. There is a large air museum here and we will head over there tomorrow and check it out.