|Journal for 14-aug : Anchorage|
Crappy seat up the back. Slept a bit more until woken by the mother of the young woman sitting to my right, seemingly yelling at her. They were organising a seat swap, and she was replaced by a massive man over 6' tall and almost as wide. Too uncomfortable to sleep much after that. 7hrs into the flight my knee was hurting (my leg had to bent inwards into the available space). Spent 2hrs standing outside the toilets, stretching my legs.
Arrived super sleep deprived at the ultra efficient Zürich Airport. Thanks to the magic of airline time travel, touched down right after breakfast was served, at 4pm local time.
Everything wet and miserable.
Bike arrived in one piece. Stressed out severely when told my other bag with tools, spares, clothes, accommodation (tent) etc... was missing.
Major hassles getting bike onto the free hotel shuttle bus. Despite the circumstances I managed to remain calm and used (of all things) charm to get my "free" lift.
Really worried about my things, but crashed out asleep at hotel anyway.
Slept till 11am, missed free breakfast :-(
Spent day shopping in rain. Typical America: huge shops, huge prices (very
cheap, if you want 10 pairs of undies rather than just 1), and definitely
huge car parks.
Also the usual American poverty too, a trailer park a block or two from
the hostel looked a real dump, and I was asked for money. Also saw a guy
preparing his heroin fix in car park of aptly named drug store.
Got dark at 10:30 pm.
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