Keflavík to Biggin Hill
Trip Start May 02, 2013
12Trip End Ongoing
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Iceland is home to where my favorite TV show is filmed, Game Of Thrones. There are only 320,000 people that live on the island in the middle of the Atlantic but it is becoming a very popular tourist destination. I took off from Keflavik a little late. On my climb out I encountered a few clouds but quickly got above them
I was approaching Scotland and I could start to see the shore. Boy was I excited to get over land again! I was wearing my immersion suit and was ready to take it off. It gave me a rash around my neck from wearing it for the last couple of days. I actually changed out of my immersion suit and then out of my clothes to get into my flight wear. I knew I was going to have press meeting me at the airport.
As I started into the London area the weather got much worse. There was heavy precipitation and isolated thunderstorms in the area. I thought that the UK might have weather radar that they could use to help me dodge the storms. I was wrong. In that area everyone requested deviations from their headings to avoid weather. I did this as well. I did a good job avoiding any hazardous weather coming down and the controllers were very helpful. Boy was that a busy airspace. If anyone thinks that LA or San Fran is busy it is nothing like London
I was supposed to meet Ray Appleton at a radio studio in London for an on-air interview, which I was very much looking forward to. Unfortunately because of my snafu in Canada I was arriving a little late. I was still able to meet with him, but we were not able to do a live interview in the studio. Instead, Ray and his friend Jo came to my hotel room. We recorded the whole interview on his phone, which worked quite well. I enjoyed talking with Ray and Jo. It was very nice to see a friendly face.
After Ray and Jo left, I went to the bar and had a beer. It was actually a pretty cool feeling being able to get a beer legally. I ordered a sandwich and said good night to my girlfriend Eden. It was a long eventful day and I was ready for some much needed rest. I was looking forward to the sight seeing I was going to do the next day in London.