Zero to Manchester
Looks like Iâ€™ll make it to the Northeast in time for the big race.
Iâ€™ll start in Columbia, drive to Raleigh, catch a plane, stop in Washington D.C., and finally arrive in Manchester, New Hampshire. Iâ€™ll visit Connecticut, hit the expo in Boston, and stay outside of Hopkinton. On the way home, Iâ€™ll layover in Atlanta. Thatâ€™s seven states in three days (if Iâ€™m fortunate enough to give Rhode Island a miss). In the words of Sam Spade, â€œAre you getting all this or am I going to fast for you?â€
You know youâ€™ve had a stressful go of it when the thought of starting a marathon is eminently relaxing. At least I now know more about the arcane inner workings of the airline fare system than I care to admit. Please donâ€™t ask me about it, Iâ€™ll have a disturbing flashback.
Now, as long as US Airways and Delta stay in business for 2 more weeks, Iâ€™ll be all set. Meanwhile, I plan on telling every airline official whoâ€™ll listen that Iâ€™ve qualified for the Manchester Marathon.
April 10th, 2008 at 1:04 pm
Check out a copy of “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” to watch on your laptop during the trip. Instead of that scene when John Candy and Steve Martin are about to crawl into bed together and Candy says, “Hey, who’s your favorite NFL team?” you can insert: “I’m running a marathon! I’m a trail runner! I just ran 40 miles up a mountain a few weeks ago!”
April 10th, 2008 at 10:46 pm
I’d be thrown off the plane.
April 11th, 2008 at 12:42 am
I’m glad to hear you’re still gonna make it. Hearing about all these airlines has made me a little nervous, too. I’m going Continental, so hopefully they’ll make it through the next couple weeks too.
April 11th, 2008 at 6:52 am
Oh yeah, I’m still waiting to hear that the FAA has grounded the exact planes I’ll be flying.