Our wake up call got us going at 02:30am NZ June 12th. The shuttle was ready to take us to the airport where we the first to check in.
Security was not open however so we waited patiently as the crowd around us grew. Eventually we got through, only to have another wait as the flight was delayed by half an hour.
The flight itself was slightly bumpy in places, thankfully not during breakfast though.
At Brisbane the sun was shining & we had to pass through security again, which was backed up due to a faulty x ray machine. We reached the departure lounge at 08:25am AUS, just over two hours before our flight to Los Angeles. The time at our destination is 18:25pm on the 11th of June.
LAX was covered by a thick layer of cloud. Even though we had the opportunity to have a quick walk outside the airport there was no California sun today. On the flight over I had managed a couple of hours of sleep. This along with chatting to the passenger next to me passed the time quite quickly. So far today we have been served two breakfasts & one lunch all for the 12th.
Another lunch was served on the flight to New York. Most people on the flight had come from Australia & were trying to get some rest.
Upon arrival we were extremely tired & looking at the taxi queue we ended up getting a private cab. This huge GMC truck was more expensive but got us to our destination as fast as possible through the crazy traffic.
Showers were needed all round before heading out for dinner in Chinatown. Our hotel is located here near to Little Italy, where we shall dine tomorrow. At dinner we had some soup dumplings that we had experienced in our first night away in Hong Kong. Thankfully, although it was raining, it was nothing like the rain in Hong Kong. I also tired some very nice coconut bubble tea. As the meal progressed however we realised how tired we were & thought it best to return home.
This without a shadow of a doubt was the longest day of my life, & shall take some time to recover from. In the end having been on the go for approaching two whole days.