A normal journey to Leeds from Colchester will take about 4 hours. If you include the train journey from Harwich, it would be about 5 hours, give or take a few minutes. I travelled to Leeds today to help manage a conference. It took me a little longer to get to Leeds.
In total, the journey took nearly 8 hours!
The first draft of this post was mostly whinging. I was writing it while the train I was on was stuck on a bridge with the wind howling. I wasn’t in the best of moods, obviously. But as luck would have it, my wifi signal (from my trusty little myfi thingmabob) wasn’t cooperating. So I saved my draft and switched off the laptop and waited it out (…and waited and waited…well, you get the idea).
It was a Murphy’s Law day of travelling. The train from Colchester was delayed due to signalling problems at London Liverpool street. What would normally take under an hour took nearly 3 hours. It was certainly a saving grace that there weren’t any service disruptions on the tube. I managed to catch the 10:35 train out of King’s Cross to Leeds. I thought the adventure ended there. It didn’t. The Leeds leg was plagued with signalling issues as well and what was usually a 2-hour trip turned into a 5-hour trip!
I caught up on my reading and snoozed a bit…I mean, what could you do? It wouldn’t do me any good to pace the aisles really.
I finally got to Leeds (and encountered hail!) and finally managed to start working. Today was certainly…interesting. But that’s where I’ll stop. I think I’ve whinged enough. I’m where I’m meant to be, safe and sound. I’ve got that to be thank ful for!
Tomorrow is another day!