USA 2013 – Sept 1st Day 1 – no sleep and airport queues

Wow. Up at 4.00 after going to bed at 12.45!! Rob came to pick us up at 5.15 to take us to the airport for our flight. Can't believe we had to pay to sit together!! (On the flight, not in Rob's car!!).

Went through security, and I had to patted down. Suzanne then had to get her bag and electricals swabbed. We were both clean. Then, just as we thought we were through….”excuse me sir, can I have a moment of your time?”

I was body scanned. Another all clear, and off we went. It was a this point I realised I didn't have a charger for my camera with me. No luck purchasing one at the airport either. There may not be too many photos taken on this trip!!

First flight went ok, lots of leg room and not many people in Premium Economy, so quite a comfortable flight.

We had a few hours to kill in Chicago (2 of which were taken up queuing behind a flight of students from Asia) so we had what we thought was a snack. Forgot US portion sizes are huge so 2 starters did us fine. We now know the Sliders are like mini burgers and we have remembered that Chips are Crisps!!

Second flight into Phoenix went ok, sat next to a nice guy from Ontario (not the Canada one) who loved to talk!!

Landed at Phoenix, stepped out into the oven like heat for the shuttle bus ride to the rental car centre. Picked up our Nissan Qashqai (known over here as a Nissan Rogue) and who will now be known as Norman.

Headed off to our first hotel in the 104 degree heat. Checked into our room, a nice size with a bed each 🙂

After a quick look round a huge Walmart to get some juice, a quick drink and snack in the airport bar, and as it was now 24 hours since we woke up, we thought it was time for bed!!


Ready for Packing

A few electricals we are taking

Blue skies enroute

Suz and Norman the Nissan

Hilton in Scottsdale, our first stop

A decent size room

Us next to our first Cactus



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