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The delights of train travel on crutches

By on January 8, 2006 in UK

Ten days after my accident skiing in Chamonix I was still on crutches with a very painful left leg, and then I had to head out of London, back up north.

As usual, the rail Gods are plotting against me as I ended up getting a train from Kings Cross to Ely, and from Ely to Peterborough, just so I could avoid getting a bus from Stevenage to Peterborough.  Yep, you guessed it, another weekend and the tracks were being dug up (it was also a nightmare trying to travel by train over Christmas as most of the network in and out of south-west London seemed to be closed).  This meant a three-hour 15 minute journey took over 6 hours.

Call me old fashioned, but if I buy a train ticket I like to travel by rail.

One thing that is interesting about the journey was that when traveling on crutches some people seemed to go out of their way to help you, and yet others just ignored the problem.  I also became acutely aware of steps and the slipperiness of wet station platforms.

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