Saturday, 25 September 2010
almost groundhog day
Friends, remember when Ruby and I tried to get to Scotland to visit my mum in July (read here), and what a disaster it was? Well...
It happened again yesteday. Not quite the same story, but we still didn't catch the flight.
We were on our way to see my sister and new nephew, and visit my poorly mum.
We set out with 2 and a half hours to spare before check-in closed. The journey should take 1 hour 15 mins. To my discovery the main highway to the airport was completely closed for the weekend. Huge detours, enormous traffic congestion and 1 hour 20 mins later, we were no more than 10 miles from home! Thankfully Ruby had stopped singing 'The wheels on the bus' and had fallen asleep. There was no movement on the roads whatsoever. The Sat Nav was driving me insane "in 150 yards do a U turn"!!! Aaghhh!!!
I was in contact with Huzz who was at home checking on the internet alternate routes. But these were going to take another 90 mins and were traffic blocked too. It became obviously clear there was no way we would make it in time to park the car, unload and check in our luggage. We came home.
Ruby woke up outside the house. "Where's plane?". Poor little girl, she must think I'm joking every time as say we are going on a plane together.
Stressed? Oh yes.
We are booked onto another flight today. I am planning a different route, and I shall leave the house 4 hours before check-in closes. Wish us luck.
PS - lesson learnt - always check for road works before going on a journey!