Train to Penzance

Trip Start Apr 28, 2013
Trip End Jun 14, 2013

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Flag of United Kingdom  , England,
Tuesday, April 30, 2013

I can understand why they have daylight saving in the UK, as the dawn was upon us at 5:00 am or so. Fortunately, we slept in. There is not a lot we can do this morning as breakfast is at 8:00 and our train to Penzanze leaves at 9:30.

The bikes are packed into their travel bags and we are soon heading to the train station. Paddington has a long sloping access way and having gotten all our gear to this point, Tina went ahead to get a trolley. Just off the concourse, the front wheel stops working. Still using just the back wheels we are able to get all our gear down to the concourse area. We got another trolley and then realised that the 'faulty' trolley was now working. There must be electronic monitoring to prevent the trolleys from being stolen.

The train has no provision for larger baggage. If you can fit it into a small area set aside for suit cases and no one else is using the space and if no one pays any attention to them, you just may get the bikes in the train with you. The advantage of the folding bikes is that they are no bigger when packed than a large travel suitcase. Fortunately, travelling 1st class, meant that we had more room, not as many people in the carriage and the only couple with suitcases were a couple from Sydney, who were happy to accommodate our need of the lower storage. As it turned out, we were sitting on the opposite side of the carriage and got to talking.

The train goes express for the first part of the journey and we notice that the speed seems very fast. I know the trains at home can do 100 kph but this seemed really fast. Dave turns the GPS on and the speed is showing at 183 kph and continues to climb until sitting at 200 kph. At this sort of speed, there is nothing to do but sit and watch the world blur by.

In the latter part of the trip, the pace is a little slower and we try to get some photos. With this sort of speed capacity and some flexibility, the arrival time of 3:15 pm in Penzance is exactly that.

The first cab waiting for us is a station wagon so there was no problem getting the bikes in the back. Like many of the UK citizens, the cabbie was fully conversant with the weather. Yes, it is still unseasonably cold. A quick trip, a hint of what not to miss (damn, a change to the route on the first day already) and we are at our accommodation.

Once we settled into our B&B we both doze off in. It must have been the jet lag as Tina awakens in time for a late dinner. Tina wakes up Dave. Nearly too late as it turns out as most of the restaurants are finishing up. Fortunately, the Subway is open, albeit not for too much longer, and we have a quick bite to eat, while they sweep and clean up around us. Yes, the colder weather is keeping the patrons inside their own places of accommodation.
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