Ramblings about what I encounter within the realm of the geosciences, as well as the occasional rant about nonsense.

03 September 2008


Well we landed safely in London and got through customs by around 8:00 am local time (god knows when my internal clock felt it was). After getting no sleep on the airplane (for various reasons, 1. I can’t sleep sitting up, 2. I try not to sleep on transcontinental flights to help get over jet lag quickly, and 3. there were a decent selection of movies to watch ( I highly recommend the new in-flight entertainment system, it lets you choose from a wide array of movies: I watched “Smilers” (from Japan, an awesome movie: think mighty ducks meets.... a movie about a tap-dancer?) and “Slam!” (from China, a good movie about basketball) as well as most of “Iron-man”)) I looked out over a beautiful sunny summer morning outside London

When we stopped for breakfast (late night snack?) the waitress told us she hoped the weather would stay this nice for us for our visit.

We then took one of the local Motorways (M6 I think correction: M40, see comments) and it was sheer terror! Little sleep, cars zipping by (30-40 in residential areas), and the most confusing road signage ever (plus roundabouts with no dividing lines are petrifying) probably added to the sense that we were all gonna die, but we survived and made it to Telford for the first night. Along the way we got a glimpse of some local geology. Here are some Cretaceous chalks outside of Oxfordshire. Sorry for the blurriness, we were traveling with the flow of traffic (~90 mph).

We also happened to see one of the first bridges constructed using a newfangled construction material (metal). Ironbridge was made in 1779 and it is still kicking. (not geological, but my brother is an engineer so he insisted).

Well that is all for this post. Later.


Julia said...

I know exactly which road cutting that is! It's here, just outside Stokenchurch on the M40. And it's one of the most beautiful bits of that drive, coming through the cutting and down the hill through the farmland. We drive that route on a fairly regular basis (I'm glad to see that it's as terrifying for you to drive on the other side of the road as it is for us).

Bryan said...

Ah, thank you very much (I will correct the road info at some point). It was a very nice change from the scenery around Heathrow. It's not just the opposite side of the road that gets me, the lanes are MUCH narrower here (and the roundabouts....). But I think after a few days I am getting used to it (I no longer look the wrong way before crossing a road ;-).

Julia said...

Yeah, we live a couple of miles from Heathrow towards the centre of London, and while we have nice scenery it's a bit bleak out near the airport.

Having said that, I don't think I've ever landed in a picturesque US airport either. Flat boring land works well for runways!

Roundabouts are a practical joke that civil engineers like to play on tourists.


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