Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Napa to Sonoma Half Marathon Report and Trip Recap Part 1

Bottom line: got in several hours later than expected

We flew out of Charleston on Friday afternoon, and were supposed to land
in San Francisco about 10pm, after a brief layover in Atlanta. As we took off from Atlanta to SF, as we're just about to level off, someone has a seizure so they had to turn around and make an emergency landing back in Atlanta. About the same time, a litte girl 2 rows in front of us projectile vomits all over the back of the 3 seats in front of her. So we land, EMTs remove the seizure-man (who had stopped seizing, was fully conscious and doing well) and several men in basically hazmat suits come in to replace the vomit-splattered seat covers. The pilot tells us that we made a heavy landing since we were loaded with fuel, so they have to do a routine inspection before we can take off again. No worries, should be quick right? WRONG! It took about 45 min then the pilot comes back on to inform us that the heavy landing inspection was fine, but they found some other problem with the flaps on the plane so we would not be taking that plane anywhere. We deplane, they tell us that now they have to call in a new crew which winds up taking at least 2 beers (aka over an hour in the nearest airport bar). Finally the crew arrives and we are able to take off on our 4h 45min flight. We land, get our rental car and hit the road. We finally got to the condo (or "cottage" more on that later) about 2am, which is 5am according to the est we were used to and my alarm is always set for 5am for work, so it went off just as we got in bed.

Stay tuned for part 2: The Expo and The Race

9 comments:

kristen said...

Whoa, that's sounds like a crappy start to a race. Did you at least get to disembark while they cleaned up the vomit?

Can't wait for part 2.

Mel-2nd Chances said...

yikes, sorry to hear about the rough start... having had seizures in the past, i think i'd feel terrible causing panic/worry/delays (even though it's totally not intended, planned or controllable.) Hope it got better after that...

D10 said...

Sounds like a long and eventful day of travel! Can't wait to read more.

lindsay said...

well gee what more do you need? good thing this was a wine-marathon so you could drown your frustrations ;)

Jess said...

That's not a great start!

joyRuN said...

Good grief!! That's not a good start to anything.

Carolina John said...

i love how you measure time in beers. i used to do the same thing with cigs. i would cook a hamburger 1 smoke each side; it was the only way I could time it out right.

Marlene said...

Yikes, sounds like a rough start. I hope the next part of the trip went more smoothly!

Alisa said...

Yuck! I'm hoping Part 2 is better =).