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The final leg: Charlotte to Buffalo!

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One more plane ride and I’m home! Hopefully, we made it in time to catch this really tight connection. Only 48-minutes. But by now, I should be on the final leg of my journey! I’m sure it will have been one to remember, and after 17 days and over 24,000 miles, I’ll be really happy to see my family.

You can follow this flight LIVE from Charlotte to Buffalo on FlightAware.com:

L.A. to Charlotte, N.C.

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Ok. I’ve read some real horror stories about getting through customs at LAX. The TSA and customs agents have a terrible reputation for their attitude and by most accounts really seem to hate their job, reports of 1.5 – 3 hour waits to clear customs are common. I hope that isn’t my experience.

But even so, it should be enough time for us to make the next leg of our journey home. Instead of flying to Philly, like we did on the way out, we’re going through Charlotte, N.C. It’s a shorter flight, at only 4.5 hours and we’re expected to touch down at 7:02pm in our home time zone! It’ll be a quick turnaround for the scheduled 7:50pm flight home…let’s hope no delays.

You can follow this flight LIVE from LAX to Charlotte on FlightAware.com:

Next scheduled update at 7:50pm Home Time.

The long leg home: Sydney to L.A.! (Updated-3)

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Now it’s time to do the whole thing in reverse! I’ve posted this the day before I left Buffalo, so if what pops up here contradicts anything I’ve posted the past 17 days, that’s the reason why.

So it’s 10:15 in the morning here, and if we’re on schedule…I’m on my way back across the Pacific Ocean. I’ve been awake since about 3:00 this morning, ‘coz we had to leave our hotel at 3:45 to catch the flight from Cairns to Sydney at 5:45. Yup, another marathon!

This flight’s faster than the one coming over, with under 13 and a half hours in the air, still 7,500 miles.

But in another mind-bending-time-traveler-sort-of-weirdo scenario: this time in crossing the International Date Line, I’ll end up landing in L.A. 3 and a half hours before I left Sydney.

Yup! Take off from Sydney at 10:15am on the 25th, land in L.A. at 6:40am on the 25th.

Hey, don’t ask me…you figure it out, my brain hurts! Bet the explorers of old never had to deal with this kind of wackiness. I mean seriously…what’s a little scurvy and the threat of starvation on a months long journey floating upon undrinkable water, no land in sight and only the wind to move you along, compared to having your brain split between two different days at the same time? On second thought…not so bad…no cause to complain. I love the 21st Century!

After we touch down in L.A., we’ll have a 3:30 layover. Next scheduled update at 2:20pm, Buffalo time tomorrow, when it will still be Saturday…again… (is it Groundhog Day? Wait, is that Bill Murray with a woodchuck in first class!!? Noooooooo!)

Time to go back to sleep!


En-route, you can follow this flight LIVE from Sydney to LAX on FlightView.com and FlightAware.com. But as we discovered on the way over, our exact position may not be reliable from between 3 hours out from Sydney and within 1 hour of LAX. So, they may appear to contradict each other.

  • Qantas Logo Qantas Flight 107 (FlightView.com) (remember: you’ll need to click the “Find Flight” button on the screen following the jump) here’s a sample: Qantas Logo
  • Qantas LogoQuantas Flight 107 (FlightAware.com)

Day 17: Goodbye Australia!!! (Updated-3)

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Can I just say that this is too early to be going ANYWHERE!!? It’s 5:45 Saturday morning and if I’m reading my itinerary right, I’ll have to be up at like 3:00am to leave with my delegation to catch this flight for the first leg of the journey home. I don’t think I’ve ever been up before dawn on a Saturday! It’s against the Teenager Code!!! It’s un-American! In fact, if Congresswoman Bachmann wants to do an investigation on un-American behavior, she can start with today’s itinerary!

Oh well…it’s also a long way off from where I’m writing this, I’ll probably have forgotten about it until the alarm goes off.

If we’re on schedule, I’m already on the plane from Cairns to Sydney, Qantas Flight 921. This is the first part of the 4-leg, 29-hour journey that brings us home! (Cairns -> LA -> Charlotte -> Buffalo) Like the flight from Melbourne to Cairns, at the time I wrote this post I wasn’t able to find a site that would track this flight live (remember they all seem to have a USA-only bias). Also like last time, my dad has agreed to update this post as-it-happens, he’s got some freaky iPhone app that does what the websites don’t.

Of course I’ll be sure to tweet when we land in Sydney, where we’ll have a blissfully-short 90-minute layover before taking the long leg from Sydney to L.A.

Next scheduled post at 8:15p.m. Buffalo time (10:15a.m. Saturday, Aussie time).

They’re aloft!

Day 14: Melbourne to Cairns

Yup, it's me!

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Today, we’re on to our final “uncharted” destination before returning to the United States: Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef!

If we’re on schedule I’m on Qantas Flight 702 right now. Unfortunately, at the time I wrote this I wasn’t able to find a site that would track this flight live (they all seem to have a USA-only bias), so my dad has agreed to update this post as-it-happens. Of course I’ll be sure to tweet when we land.

Going from Melbourne (in the south…closer to the pole) to Cairns (in the north…closer to the Equator), is going to be a lot like going from Buffalo to Orlando during Spring Break (never actually done that…that’s just what my dad said). Cairns is subtropical, and a lot warmer than any place we’ve been so far in the “Land Down Under.” My dad’s going to post screen shots of the weather in both places the day we travel.

Here’s our itinerary:

  • We bid farewell to Melbourne and catch our flight to Cairns (said that already!)
  • Touch down Cairns: a cosmopolitan city nestled in Far North Queensland, amid two of Australia’s most treasured World Heritage destinations: the Wet Tropics Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef.
  • We’ll “encounter Australia’s unique fauna”, including more koalas(!), kangaroos(!), crocodiles (!!!!), and wombats (lol…the word makes me laugh…like “kumquats”…also one of my dad’s favorite MadLibs words), as we visit a wildlife sanctuary.
  • We’ll even get to have our photo taken with a koala. I’m uncomfortable about holding them though…I hear it shortens their lifespan :’-(


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Weather in Melbourne, today

Weather in Melbourne, today

Weather in Cairns, today

Weather in Cairns, today

Today’s Activities in Sydney

Yup, it's me!

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If everything’s gone as planned, I should have touched down in Sydney by now! I’ve dreamed of flying all my life, but I never thought I’d spend so much time on a plane my first time out (more than a day traveling!)

After we touch down in Sydney, it looks like we’re going to be jumping right into the Sydney experience (I sure hope I can sleep on the plane, and that I’ve still got some juice left in my iPhone after 30 hours away from a charger. I brought this along too, just in case.).

Here’s our itinerary for today:

Google Map of Sydney


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L.A. to Sydney (Updated-2)

PTP Small LogoOkay folks…this is the marathon leg!

My body thinks it’s 1:30 in the morning (‘coz that’s what it is in Buffalo), even though it says 10:30p.m. on the clock, here in L.A. I’ve posted this in advance, but I’m guessing that by the time this flight is over, I’ll be very happy to finally get my feet back on solid ground.

Almost 15 hours in the air, 7,500 miles and in crossing the International Date Line about 9 hours into the flight, I’ll completely miss July 10, 2009…that’s right! Go straight from July 9, to July 11 *poof!*, do not pass go…was there $200 in there somewhere, or was I dreaming? Zzzzzzz….

I’m really excited though, about traveling on the world’s largest passenger aircraft, the 747…check out this video! Somehow I think that I won’t be in one of those premium or business class suites though…maybe someday…

Anyway…Sydney’s 14 hours ahead of New York time so even though I’ll land at 6:15 a.m. July 11 in Sydney time, it’ll be 4:15p.m. on July 10 for you folks back home, and then it’s straight off to our first day of activities in Sydney!

You can follow this flight LIVE from LAX to Sydney on FlightView.com

  • Qantas Logo Qantas Flight 12 (you’ll need to click the “Find Flight” button on the screen following the jump) here’s a sample:

Follow me on Twitter for pictures and updates throughout my journey: twitter.com/Colinish

UPDATE from the Admin: Please use this link instead, FlightView doesn’t seem to work as expected:

UPDATE from the Admin: Evidently, FlightView and FlightAware use different tracking systems, which make it impractical (or impossible) to accurately track an aircraft over the ocean. The FlightView link is now working again:

  • Qantas Logo Qantas Flight 12
    (you’ll need to click the “Find Flight” button on the screen following the jump)