We met up at Hartsfield-Atlanta at 7 a.m. EST (7 p.m. for our WA friends) on Friday, April 13. Friday 13th is my lucky day, and it was Ryan’s birthday, so we were set for a great trip! Must be lucky, because it turns out all our checked luggage is FREE! 🙂
We caught our flight for Chicago, had lunch with Randa’s brother Mike, and re-entered security. And waited. And waited. And waited. Left over 2 hours late, which made us miss our connection in Hong Kong by a mere 10 minutes! We practically sprinted across the airport to catch our new flight to Adelaide (on the southern coast of Australia), but I guess our luggage wasn’t quite as quick. The folks at Qantas Air were excellent in Adelaide, taking down descriptions of all eight suitcases and escorting us through the airport, including customs & security (again!).
We finally arrived in Perth at 1 p.m., and were very thankful to discover our Australia Rotary friends had been great detectives– when we didn’t show up at 5:30 a.m. they had to do a lot of research to figure out where we were 🙂 The guys were great, dropping us off at our hotel and passing out schedules.
George caught up on some sleep while the rest of us went out to purchase cell phones, see a bit of downtown Perth, and have dinner. We’re doing laundry now just in case our luggage doesn’t show up before tomorrow’s flight to Kununurra!