We left our room at the Mirage at 2:00 PM PST. We got home about 1:30 EST. 8½ hours door-to-door. That’s more than a little amazing considering we traveled across most of the US.
Google Maps puts the distance at 2,612 mi – about 1 day 15 hours by car!
The flight back was uneventful. There were a few areas of light turbulence, but nothing frightening. Both Helaine and I attempted to sleep and got a little. I think airplane sleep shortens your perceived time aboard but doesn’t reduce what you’ll need in bed later. That’s a non-scientific observation.
At one point Helaine got up and I moved to the window seat. I didn’t have my GPS running, but the clock on my camera is 2 seconds off. The photo was taken at 11:13 PM EST. Based on FlightAware’s flight tracker we were at 39,000 feet over Lake Erie. Our ground speed was 490 knots–564 mph. I think it’s a nighttime shot of Fairport Harbor, OH with Painesville in the distance. That’s just a guess. I could be wrong.
So, we’re home. It’s a few hours short of a week since we left the house on our way out. We did so much. It seems we’ve been gone a month!
Now back to the real world.