Laurie’s packs do not weigh as much as mine as she is a smaller person and her stuff is smaller. Her main pack weighs under 28 pounds. I would guess her front pack is around 10. Similar and proportional but lighter than mine. Unless we want to pay to check these bags (around 18 bucks a bag in central London), we’re stuck with them and they limit our mobility. We only have a few hours to kill anyway, so we’re holding down a booth in a great pub.
Our flight from Nashville to London on British Airways was possibly one of the most pleasant flights I’ve ever had. The crew was top notch and took care of us well. The in seat entertainment system had movies, TV shows, even games you could play against others on the plane or against yourself. Each in seat unit had a remote control that took care of playback, volume, lights above your seat, and damn near everything else but flying the plane. If you flipped it over, it has a full qwerty keyboard and a Nintendo style game controller for gaming.
The food was very good, unusual for airline fare. I also have to say that getting on the plane in Nashville then getting off in London is a MUCH better way to do this than layovers and such. Seating was in a 3/3/3 (three on the left, three in the middle, three on the right) seating configuration. It’s a wee bit tighter than the 2/4/2 on some other planes, but airlines are doing this more and more to maximize profits.
We did fine with our flight. We had two in the middle and were very happy to find that the third seat was unoccupied! Laurie was able to lay down and sleep some. I got around 3 ½ hours of sleep and Laurie got a bit more. When I want to sleep, I put a movie on that I’ve seen before. My logic is that this is less likely to keep me awake. I slept through most of Pulp Fiction, and almost all of Clueless. My noise cancelling headphones that I bought at Unclaimed Baggage in Alabama really worked and helped a lot with the noise.
We are staying in a hotel that is actually inside the airport terminal. We have a 6:30 flight tomorrow morning and figured it is a lot easier that way. We will be taking the Gatwick Express from Victoria station in a while and hope to check in at 4 p.m. sharp when check in starts. We’re both nodding and trying to stay awake. We had originally planned on dropping our stuff off at the hotel and going into the nearby town of Horley for dinner. It’s a ways off….but I’m pretty skeptical and don’t think we’ll make it.
I plan on getting up several times during the night to check flight status, so we know what we’re doing. I haven’t had but a few hours of sleep in the past two days and I need to crash. I’ll fill everyone in on more tomorrow. Maybe we’ll know where we’re going and what we’re going to be doing tomorrow. Wish us luck.