London. 266 Miles – And a Quarter


This morning I will soon be on my way to London. Leaving from Kirkby Stephen on the Settle-Carlisle railway line to Leeds. Then switching trains and onwards (and upwards) to London, Kings Cross Station.

The 72 mile route from Settle to Carlisle takes you on a journey through the magnificent Yorkshire Dales, over the 24 arches of the Ribblehead Viaduct before plunging in to the longest tunnel on the line at Blea Moor. Emerging onto the side of Dentdale, the line leaves the Dales at Garsdale and makes it way through the gentle, lush rolling hills of the Eden Valley, with rural villages and market towns before arriving at the great border city of Carlisle.

Reason for traveling? Well not the train trip to Leeds although I know it is going to be a cracking good ride. No, I’m going to the American Embassy for my visa interview, Thursday morning, 8.30 am, standing outside in a long line. Hopefully it will not raining. I’m prepared. I-am-SO-prepared. A time, me thinks, for Dying Meticulously.

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4 thoughts on “London. 266 Miles – And a Quarter”

  1. Hi Rev Mugo, hope you have good weather for the Settle to Carlisle railway, it’s pretty spectacular isn’t it. And hope all goes well in London

    In gassho, Kevin

  2. Sounds like a wonderful train journey. I hope you have a good trip and things go smoothly at the Embassy.

  3. Now at the Jamyang Center south of the river. Wonderful train journey over to Leeds. Snow on the high hills. Yes spectacular indeed. Now waiting for a Jade Reader who I missed seeing at Throssel a year or more ago. It will be a real treat to see her since we have corresponded. She comes from a ‘far away country’. And that’s all I’m saying.

    Traveling seems to help the mind, my mind, to open and (the best I can say) become creative. Yes thinking creatively on the train from Kirkby Stephen to London. Mind clarifying.

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