I was dropped on the head as a child, that’s pretty clear. I do things most sane people wouldn’t dream of doing. So, when I found out I had four days free over the upcoming holiday, I started looking for new countries to visit to add to my tally of 136 so far. Problem is, most of them are now too far away to consider for a four day weekend.
Backup plan…let’s see how many miles I can earn towards million miler. As a bonus, let’s see how many 787 segments I can theoretically fly now that it’s back in the air. A few days of planning, and insanity was born.
The final plan is:
Day 1: Washington DC, National (DCA) to Chicago (ORD) to Houston (IAH) to San Francisco (SFO) to Los Angeles (LAX) with ORD-IAH on the 787
Day 2: Redeye flight LAX back to Houston on the 787, continuing on the 787 to Chicago, then to Newark (EWR) and finally Panama (PTY) and sleep in a real bed
Day 3: Morning flight from Panama to Washington, Dulles (IAD) then on to Houston on a 767, back to LAX, and finally ending up in San Francisco for a very short 6 hour night.
Day 4: San Francisco to LAX early morning, then on to Houston on the 787, and finally home to DCA.
Final routing, assuming nothing goes wrong, and it almost certainly will:
I’m pretty sure I’m not going to survive this. By the numbers:
4 flights on the 787
7 United Clubs (if I can figure out a way to access on domestic days)
8 different aircraft types
16,624 miles flown
So far 14 of 15 segments confirmed in first/business class, with one pending what will hopefully be an easy 1K upgrade on a 757 on July 4th. Time will tell though.
Stay tuned…I’m pretty sure this adventure is going to have more twists and turns than gumby at a limbo convention!