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Day 1

It begins. Actually, it began September 20 at 14:23 mountain time. Anyway, I fly all night and get into London Gatwick airport at around 09:00 UK time, September 21.

At 13:45, I get on another plane to Glasgow, Scotland - where I should arrive at 17:00.

Now the fun starts. I pick up my rental car and head out - sitting on the wrong side of the car, trying to remember to drive on the wrong side of the road - don't worry, I'm accepting the collision damage insurance. Also, I'm headed away from town, so with a little luck and some degree of mental clarity I should be OK.

Thankfully, I have a short drive (about 40 miles) along the high road to Loch Lommond, where I have dinner reservations and a room for the night.

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Scottish Weather

Check in was much more organized than usual. I don't know if it's because I was so early or not, but the whole process took only about 20 minutes. I think President Bush is right (did I just say that?)- it is every patriotic American's duty to fly now to demonstrate to the terrorists that they can't change our way of life. C'mon Janet . . . please.

Overall, this was one of the most trouble-free trips I've ever taken. All my bags were checked thouroughly - that's never happened before- but they were fast and professional. There was lots of room on the planes, so I had plenty of room to spread out and sleep. Met a cute little girl from Houston on the second leg of the flight. Boy could she talk! (sorry Mona, but it's true) She just kind of faded away though as the sleeping pills kicked in.

The rental company had let all the VW Passats go by the time I got there, so I got to upgrade to the 6-cylinder Civic. It's fast enough for me. But the steering wheel's on the wrong side. I have walked up to the passenger side door EVERY time that I have got into it so far.

I only had to drive about 40 miles today, but I did ok. THINK LEFT!

Loch Ness Golf Club tomorrow!

The Lodge is adjacent to the village of Luss. I took me a moment to realize what I was smelling as I walked through it's ancient, narrow streets - coal from the furnaces! You can see the smoke in these pictures.

This is the village shot from it's pier.

... and here's the pier from the village.

 

The Lodge at Loch Lommond.

The deck on my room is only feet from the lake, withan amazing view ... I bet on those 6 days a year when the sun shines it's reallly amazing.

Good day for the internet. All my software and hardware worked. I was able to get online easily and It only took about an hour to do this. That's what I was hoping for. See ya tomorrow!

Kaylee - good luck in your skating competition. E-mail me to let me know how you did.

Jensen - Do me a favor and find out if Bowling Green won their football game and e-mail the score to me. Thanks Bud!

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