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