Another Melbourne visit
Saturday, April 10, 2010
My regular shuttle from Hobart to Melbourne was on again this week.
For once the flight out from Hobart left on time, and although we were delayed a bit on route we got to Melbourne only a few minutes late. Meeting up with a friend we made our way to our hotel. I was delighted when I found a small note in my room from the hotel manager providing a plate of cheese and a small bottle of port to welcome me back. Of course I don't indulge in cheese very often these days, but its the thought that counts.
Friday morning I was up with the birds to pound the tracks around Albert Park Lake. While the intention was to walk I felt so energetic that I slowly broke into a jog and did some interval training - two or three minutes of jogging followed by a couple of minutes of walking. I was surprise to get around and back to the hotel all in around 50 minutes. Over 6km - haven't travelled that far so far on foot for many a decade.
My system energised I seemed to breeze through the meetings before making my way back to the airport. That's when I became aware that I hadn't had a drink or eaten since breakfast. Fortunately, there was lots of healthy choices in the club lounge so a couple of bottles of water and a ham and salad snack set me up for the return flight leg.
Again everything was running on time, amazing for a Friday. We boarded, pushed back from the gate and were out on the apron when the engines suddenly powered down. My heart sank some system was malfunctioning. Eventually we were pushed back to the gate and the engineers came on board. After some fiddling powering down we were assured that everything had been fixed so back through the start up procedures. Again out we were pushed back but again the fault re-appeared. Back at the gate we were told that we would have to deplane. I groaned inwardly - this was going to be a long delay.
However, to my surprise we were soon moved to another gate and boarded a new plane. We took off only a couple of hours late - I wonder how long the flight that was moved to our previous plane was delayed?
At least it didn't interfere too badly with the start of my weekend.