1 EAGLETON NOTES: The Journey Across The World



Wednesday, 21 October 2009

The Journey Across The World

Today's journey is the 284k/177mile flight from Stornoway to Glasgow. I shall stay with friends John and Sue near Glasgow Airport tonight and Gaz will come tomorrow and spend some time and take me to the airport.

Tomorrow I travel from Glasgow to London Heathrow (556k/345m) to arrive there early afternoon.

Later in the afternoon I start the 26 hour flight to Auckland in two legs: 8751k/5438m from Heathrow to Los Angeles and then after a 1 or 2 hour stop for refueling 10360k/6437m across the Pacific to Auckland.

By that time it's Saturday morning and time for a 335k/208m flight from Auckland to Napier.  I always feel very emotional on this flight.  I just know that this Saturday it's going to be even more emotional than usual.

I don't know whether I'll have the opportunity to blog whilst I'm in transit.  I may have a chance in Heathrow.  We'll see.  I'm looking forward to 'seeing' you all again soon.


  1. I will see you this afternoon for the very first leg of your journey - by car from Eagleton to Stornoway Airport.

    We are all wishing you very safe flights from here to Napier.

    Have a wonderful six months and enjoy every moment.

    Lots of love from over the valley. We will miss you. xxxxx

  2. Have a safe journey and a wonderful time in New Zealand. Enjoy the croquet, xxx

  3. Wow, that is one long journey... Thanks for showing the maps and thus "visualising" it for us.

  4. That is a very long journey back home. I wish you a safe trip and a great time traveling.

  5. Will miss you lots. The village will not be the same without you, hate seeing your house in darkness. Safe journey and look forward to hearing from you in NZ. lol xxx

  6. Have a comfortable flight GB, say hello to spring for us!

  7. Will be happy that you're in NZ. Can even offer you a place to stay in Tauranga, should you want to go there.

    Most of all, sending happy and gentle travelling thoughts. I've done the Auckland, LA, London all in one. Came back London, Dallas-Fort Worth, Tahiti, Auckland - pity this route isn't there any more..... was another "all in one" .....

    Wishing happy gentle travelling,

    Michelle and Zebbycat in Wellington

    Word verification = ambning - almost right!

  8. Been a bit hectic. Just waiting for Pat to arrive any minute. Thanks for all your comments and good wishes.

  9. Now, how did you know we were trying to "picture" the whole trip and there you posted maps with little lines drawn???!!!
    You are the best.
    Hoping it all goes smoothly!
    YES! I wish, like Mickle pointed out...that the non-stop flight which included Dallas/Ft. Worth was a possibility...because then I could drive down and hang out!!! ;^)
    (I really do NOT like that airport thought...however if you were there...I would go....)
    Oh well...
    Hope L.A. appreciates you.

  10. OMG!! GB!! Your maps makes it "somewhat" reality. Island hopping in the most huge sense!
    THank you so much for posting this. I don't think I would really "get it" without it.
    Happy Trails!


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