All entries for Tuesday 06 December 2005
December 06, 2005
A little over a week late, this post, but never mind eh? Just some photos from my time up in bonnie Sco'land, on a site visit in Angus.
My flight up was delayed due to thick fog all around the UK. This meant Avis had given away my rental car by the time I got to Edinburgh airport, but it worked out well in the end: instead of the requested Corsa, I landed the next free car, a 1.8i Vectra. I was very glad of this later on. "Steady but a bit soulless" is possibly how I'd describe the car – but being steady came in quite useful.
Horizontal snow on the Thursday curtailed our survey, so I took an exploratory long way back to the hotel in the falling dark and fallen snow – it was either that or be back in the very small hotel before 4 pm with nothing to do all night. I stuck to the relatively clear main roads. Come the next day, I was glad of the practice.
The wind was really quite strong and the snow getting heavier, so I decided to head south before I got snowed in. Roads around Perth & Dundee were reportedly bad, so I took the "main" road west past Alyth, through Blairgowrie and on to the A9 at Dunkeld (placenames mentioned for the benefit of a local friend who might be reading this!). That was the most stimulating part of my driving up there – still lots of snow/slush on the road, and big puddles all along it, with associated sliding and aquaplaning dangers. Very satisfying to drive along the twisty route at a safe but decent pace. The weather did get worse, though. The M90 was horrible – see pics below – and was actually closed northbound shortly after I'd come south past that point.
Then I had a fun time in Edinburgh with a friend and, eventually, came home!