777 on "Zero-One"
01.05.2010 71 °F
When we returned from our trip in 2009, I'd assumed it would be several years before would be flying back over the Atlantic. But, when we returned to Bag End, Bob said to me, "Why don't we go next year whilst we can". So we are!
Not like Bob though...
So it's back to American Airlines. Although they come in for a lot of criticism, we have not had a problem in the past. And you feel as if you are there (in America) as soon as you board, so it sort-of extends the vacation.
We had some AA miles stashed from previous trips. But not enough for an upgrade. We bought some additional miles and booked our flights. So, once again, we are lucky enough to be travelling Business class, on our International flights at least.
We also had some BA miles. But, again, not enough. We bought some more of those which was quite a (comparatively) economical way to get Iberia club-class flights from here to Heathrow, where we pick up our AA flights.
As BA have given up their route to Alicante, it's Iberia, Alicante-Madrid and Madrid-Heathrow. Comfort all the way, we hope. Apparently, Iberia have upped their service and now come in for some praise. We'll report back.
Very briefly, our itinerary is Deep South (mostly new to us), starting with Savannah, Georgia then Charleston, South Carolina. Driving to the Mid-West (Kansas City) via Nashville, with overnight stops in Birmingham, Alabama and Little Rock, Arkansas. Both of which names send a shiver up my spine from the rather unhappy stories that emerged from those places during the fight against discrimination in the 60s.
From Kansas, we fly to Las Vegas. Yeah! We simply cannot not go.
Then on for a re-visit to Yellowstone (Arthur, our travelling bear, insists that should be spelt "Jellystone" and hopes to meet up with Yogi again) and the Grand Tetons, in Wyoming. Also taking in the cowboy towns of Jackson and Cody. We last visited Jellystone in 1990.
Then on to Boston for a drive up the Maine coast, towards Canada. A few days to explore Boston (all new to us) then we fly back to Heathrow from there almost a month later.
We are not at all happy about this!
A map of the itinerary is here, courtesy of travellerspoint.com
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