unexpected night in Chicago


If you’ve ever travelled long distance, you may have had this experience.

Picture it – it’s almost 30 hours since you woke up on Tuesday in Brisbane, did final packing, headed to airport, flew 13 hours to Los Angeles, had lengthy layover, flew on to Chicago with the final leg: short connecting flight to Cleveland, found flight cancelled, rescheduled onto flight next day (28 hours later). Wow! So near and yet so far.

So – I type this from a hastily-arranged Holiday Inn room near Chicago Airport; we ended up here on a “distressed passenger rate” for the night. See pic below. Not distressed at all – just mega-tired; both of us. Presented a few challenges though, prompting the hasty purchases of matching Chicago t-shirts @ airport (see pic).All our luggage, you see was in transit to Cleveland. Anyhow, had the best ranch salad at hotel restaurant. Fantastic, after airport/airplane food previous day+

So – today we check our from here at 11, with Dad (Herb) Butrick picking us up from Cleveland airport not quite 24 hours later. It will be REALLY good being with him again.

From the ” Windy City”





8 Responses to “unexpected night in Chicago”

  1. 1 Craig Mitchell April 27, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    is that a photo in the bathroom mirror with the shower curtain behind you? Dale thinks this is funny. David clearly does not!

    peace and peace and peace


  2. 2 David April 27, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    You’ve got it Craig
    Dale, me & the Chicago shirts – bathroom and all

  3. 3 Judy Redman April 27, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    Hmm – I learned from friends’ experiences never to travel long distance (especially through Chicago, which I hear is the developed world’s airport from hell) without a change of clothes in your carry-on baggage. 🙂

    Unless you had something time-critical to do at the other end, a cheap night’s sleep in a Holiday Inn would have to put you in better shape when you arrive than your original itinerary.

  4. 5 aussiegnu April 27, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    We are with you. Know the experience well. Love from us to you.

  5. 7 Lisa April 28, 2011 at 8:28 am

    Hehe, God trying to teach you to let go and go with the flow?

    I knew someone who once spent three days at a conference in Canberra while all of her luggage had a three-day holiday in Perth. They eventually met up again back home in NZ.

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