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  • Day21

    Denver / Reno / Home to Woodfords

    October 17, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 57 °F

    Tightest leg room so far and the seats were not reclinable. Les’ knees were crammed up to the seat ahead and he tried to sleep and failed. We have been up for 19 hours so far. We have learned a lot about air travel. In Denver we got a couple of burgers at Mc Donald’s

    Les got maybe an hour of sleep on the floor at the gate waiting for the flight for Reno. The plane was late getting in, so we were later leaving Denver. Our arrival at Reno went normally, but the shuttle the Atlantis Resort waits at the side door by baggage claim in stead of front door were we were waiting. As Jill watched the shuttle bus for the Peppermill drove by an over to the side door, we realized our mistake. Jill flagged down our shuttle bus down as it was leaving empty. So we got our ride to pick up our car at the Atlantis.

    We drove home arriving about 10:30 pm, 27 1/2 hours after waking up in Frankfort Germany. Glad to be home, but the kids are still vacationing and we miss them. Overall, the trip to Iceland was great, we may return there some day.
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  • Day21


    October 17, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 46 °F

    We successfully crossed the Atlantic Ocean, another first for us. And while Les lived in Illinois for three years, he never ventured to Chicago.

    We had to go through customs and immigration, pick up our checked bags and recheck them. All-in-all, it went smoothly. Our Icelandic sweaters and caps were under the $800 limit so there was no Trump Charge.

    Now we waited for 3 hours and 45 minutes. We could have had a shorter layover, but we didn’t know how long customs would take. They did not even look in any of bags. They were interested in the fact that we rode Icelandic Horses two days ago, but Hoof and Mouth Disease does not seem to be a problem in Iceland.

    Jill had to buy a Chicago hot dog but that’s the only Midwest culture we are seeing this time.
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  • Day21

    Coming to America on a 777

    October 17, 2018, North Atlantic Ocean ⋅ ⛅ 45 °F

    The title is from a Mark Knopfler song. We are in the air over Scotland, perhaps our next trip out of the country. Checking the bags, going through security and boarding the plane took a half dozen passport checks. This is our first time on a wide body jet. It has 9 seats across with 2 isles and we are one row behind the bathrooms. We were not sure if we would be fed breakfast, so we ate at the airport and the had a berry pudding and fruit on the plane too.Read more

  • Day20

    Welcome to Germany

    October 16, 2018 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 64 °F

    Just like Toronto, it is dark here. The flight got in just after 8pm local time. The flight attendant said great news, you can deplane in the front or back. The only problem was our overhead stuff was several seats ahead of us and everyone ahead of us exited to the back, so we were the last to leave the plane. Then stepping out of the plane we found a stairway and a bus waiting to take us to the terminal.

    The bags were not checked through to Reno, so we had to find baggage claim. We got lost. Finally after asking direction we found baggage claim and still had to wait for the bags to show up.

    Next we needed to check in for our flight in the morning. Had to ask direction again and finally checked in at a terminal.

    Finally, were is the Sheraton Hotel? Asked for directions again and after walking at least a KM we ended up across the street from the airport at the hotel w/o going outside.

    We got to our too about 9:30 and I set my alarm for 5am and went to bed.
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