Inspired by the worst day at work, what your worst or longest trip?
I’m writing to you from San Francisco, about -10h from my normal time. Its 11:47 AM here and my computer tells me that at home its 9:47 pm. I’m somewhat tired…x.x
As I mentioned in the other thread, flying 14 hours, Munich to San Francisco is probably the worst working day I’ve had and at the same time the longest and worst trip. I got up at 8am 5.8 and went to bed at 6-7am 6.8 which was only 9pm 5.8 local time. Sheesh.
2hrs of train in the morning, 2 hrs of flight to Munich, 14hrs to San Francisco. Not something I feel like doing again soon.
It was cramped, my stomach couldn’t decide if I was feeling sick or hungry and a grumpy old woman wasn’t happy when I needed to go to the bathroom all the time.
What no sweaty clothes or screaming kids?
and a grumpy old woman wasn't happy when I needed to go to the bathroom all the time.
Sounds like the prefect time to say "Okay, I'll go here then" and proceed to unzip...
My worst was a flight from Seattle, changing at Pittsburg. It was only the day before the flight that I realised it was a 10 hour layover at Pittsburg, some of it overnight.
I bought a book but had trouble concentrating enough to read it. The metal detectors were going off for everyone since there was a huge thunderstorm going on. I should have just taken a bus into the city for a few hours but I ws paranoid about missing my flight.
For me: 2nd of May 2005 - Emergency flight back to Copenhagen from a holiday in Rio de Janerio with Iberia Airlines. Something like 24 hours of driving/flying/waiting :sick - just to find out, that I came to late
What no sweaty clothes or screaming kids?
Oh actually had those as well. Luckily not for the full 14 hours though. Even kids shut up eventually.
For me: 2nd of maj 2005 - Emergency flight back to Copenhagen from a holiday in Rio de Janerio with Iberia Airlines. Something like 24 hours of driving/flying/waiting :sick - just to find out, that I came to late :( :( :(
Of f*** that sorta tops most.
Oh i got this one… I was sitting on a buss to some damned amusement park at the end of 8th grade, and some kid sits behind me, kicking my chair. I tell him to stop and he says “Shut the fuck up!”, so then i told his mom what he said. Her response? “Shut the fuck up!”. The kid was about 6. The drive was 4 hours of kicking my seat…
my longest trip 39 hour drive to Carlin nevada 2500 miles. Stopping only to get gas and the rest room !!
it was fun i went to a old friend !! There was 4 of us girls so we talk the whole way
it was great
I’m torn between two. Neither of them are as epic as 24 hour emergency trips though.
The 5 or 6 hor long ride on a coach full of old people, in sweltering heat, sat next to the broken toilet. I thought I was going to die.
Or a 14 hour coach trip back from France, being poked and insulted by obnoxious kids the whole way. I was sorely tempted to stick my fingers down my throat, vomit all over them, and blame travel sickness. Yeah, I’m a strange bloke. Still, they would never bother anyone on a bus again.
I have two… visiting relatives in UT from VA, did it in two shifts… 19 hours non-stop (save for gas and food etc) and 22 hours non-stop (just me and my wife in our nissan pulsar
moving from VA to UT via Texas. A friends parents divorced and his mother was relocating to Texas, we had 8 boxes of things and we asked if anyone had any room for them, they said yes and asked if I’d drive the 24 foot moving van (that we packed that night) to Texas … Of course I said yes. next day, I found out they completely rearranged the van and redistributed the weight (it was correct before, now it completely overweight at the rear axle and the rear of the van) so, while I drove to Texas, I had to fight the front end from coming off the road any time i hit a bump and had to drive 70 mph to keep the van from wiggling left to right due to the load issue. I couldn’t repack the van because the 10 people who were helping were all gone and we had to be in Texas by a certain time or they would cahrge more for the van… after arriving in Texas, I was told we would have help to unload. that help ended up being his mother, who was no help at all. It took 10hours to unload it, as she kept wanting to change rooms with the boxes… after 3 hours of being polite, I finally said, look. I’m one guy here, I’ll bring it in and put it down once, if yo uchange your mind, it’s on you to move it. The travel from Texas to Utah was uneventful… 4 days in all from start to finish…
Oh wait, one more… a 16.5 hour flight from California to Japan in the back of C130… anyone ever been in a jump seat for more than 3 hours? Let’s just say, C130’s are no joke…
Oh wait, one more.. a 16.5 hour flight from California to Japan in the back of C130.. anyone ever been in a jump seat for more than 3 hours? Let's just say, C130's are no joke....
Oh yeah, if there's something worse than "Economy class" (or third class with a fancier name) then its gotta be "government sponsored" overseas travel.
I guess I shouldn't be complaining after all... ;P
Oh wait, one more.. a 16.5 hour flight from California to Japan in the back of C130.. anyone ever been in a jump seat for more than 3 hours? Let's just say, C130's are no joke....Oh yeah, if there's something worse than "Economy class" (or third class with a fancier name) then its gotta be "government sponsored" overseas travel.
I guess I shouldn't be complaining after all... ;P
Oh, I'm not trying to upstage you at all. I've actually been in some nice 'military'flights.. but usually that's the exception rather than the rule.
Economy class can be just as bad, if you are flank by two 300+ pound fat sweaty women that talk too much and too loud.. .. lol
Eh, I had an 8-hour train ride with no seat due to a misbooking. Had to sit on the floor.
Well, it’s not the longest, but it may well be for the distance. Heading to South France with my family and grandparents (yes, they’re family too, lol ) for a week’s holiday. Anyway, a smallish 7 seat car (one seat not really a seat) and there were 8 of us (I have 3 brothers). Anyhow, we were heading to the Ferry landing in Dover and it was the hottest day of the year and everybody seemed to be heading into France that day. It took us 5 hours to drive just four miles because of traffic. Guess who was the lucky one without a seat the whole time too! Not including the 5 hours part, it must’ve taken us 8-10 hours. LONG day, lol
I remember the first time I got to San Francisco from Europe:
I was in Milan airport when they announced the flight was delayed up to two hours. When we finally took off to Paris (where I should get a connection flight to San Francisco) they told us what happened: the crew had found the plane open without anybody inside! So they had to completely re-made security checks and in the meanwhile they had to repeat the de-frozing procedure…
not to say I lost the connection in Paris and I had to find a new fly to San Francisco. I had to alternatives: spend the night in Paris or take another flight to Cincinnati and then take a connection to San Francisco.
I decided to give Cincinnati a go as I wanted to arrive as soon as possible.
Flight to Cincinnati was ok but I had a lot of problems when I landed because an officer did not wanted to let me enter in US with an Italian christmas cake!!! He’d never seen it before and he could not believe it was just a cake. Just to have an idea is a sort of big muffin
After some controls they finally let me enter in USA and get just in time my connection to Cisco. The flight took me another 5-6 hours to get to Cisco and when I arrived, terribly late, I found they lost my luggage in Cincinnati.
Terribly tired I went to bed just to be woke up in the middle of the night by the delivery man that delivered my luggage home around 4-5 am… :~
Next morning it was Christmas and we had a huge lunch with friends… food… jet lag… still tired for the flight… it was terribly difficult to stay awake till the last host left home… x.x
Well the funny thing is the greater Cincinnati airport is in Kentucky !!
it not in Ohio !! I tend to bypass that airport !! Long waits and delays
I dont think i have had any bad trips but if i have i must have blanked them out. The longest trip was a two day car journey from Alabama to Pennsylvania. It wasnt bad at all. Just boring.
Well, I have family in Los Angeles and family in Paris, so I’m used to 11-hours long flights - when I was kid I even used to sleep on the floor of the plane, under the seats. It was really cool ! Longest travel must have been the time where I passed 11 hours in the Dublin airport, sleeping on the tables and seats they have. With the 10-hours long flight to LA right after that ! I’m young and stupid, so it’s the best time of my life to keep money on plane travels !
The worst must have been moving back from LA to Paris. I passed two weeks with my family in Boston, and as I moved back to France after that, I carried all I could in my luggage, which resulted in carrying two 25 (24.7 and 24.9 to be exact) kilograms bags, and I weighted 55. Carrying them by hand in the stairs was fun. I also realised that I took a night flight in the wrong way, transforming my expected 7-hours night of airplane sleep in something like 2 … I had no sleep at all, and I visited Boston (which meant a lot of walking) with one of the worst headaches of my life.
My two worst where flying out to Las Vegas for my 21st birthday, nothing like 11 hours in a metal tube with screaming kids and what must have been the smelliest group of people in the world, other than that that the trip was amazing
the second was flying from London to Naples in Italy flight delayed by 6 hours which i spent trying to read a novel but had stupid kids running around every where screaming and there parents doing nothing the stop them, upon landing finding that Naples had won there league cup and every fan had taken to the streets to celebrate and clogs the roads and that the face that the Naples was in the middle of a rubbish strike so the bins had not been emptied for over a month and whit the very hot weather was not a pleasant smell, other than that I had a lovely time with my girlfriend visiting places and taking in the sun, so every cloud does have a sliver lining
Took a flight out to Illinois yesterday to meet a Warhammer buddy. Its been planned and paid for a month. Only to get bumped from the Chicago flight, thus missing my non-refundable Chicago->Springfield plane. Ended up getting to ST Luois an being picked up there. However my luggage went to Chicago.x.x