Leaving today. I will take the MAX to PDX at about 14:00 where I will meet Rose who is coming down from Seattle. We will catch our 2 hour 20 minute flight to L.A. from Portland at 17:55. Then we have a 3 hour layover until our 13 hour 50 minute flight to Brisbane, Australia. Catching the bus to Toowoomba (less than a 2 hour ride) will be easy because we will have 1 hour 50 minutes. Our friend, Marnie, who we met on the Camino de Santiago in 2014, will pick us in Toowoomba.
Given that I don’t like checking luggage on any flights that involve more than one leg, I finally jammed everything for the 11 week trip into my small suitcase and back pack except the over the ankle boots that I will be required to wear on a trek we will taking about 5 1/2 weeks from now. I don’t want to have to wear the boots on the MAX, around the airports, and to and from other airports. So I put them into a stuff sack which I will hook onto my suitcase until I have to board the planes. There will be many flights within Australia and on to New Zealand. After I board the planes, I will take them off (for comfort) and put them into the overhead bins. I sure hope this idea works.
Below is the photo of my overstuffed luggage.
This is going to be a fabulous adventure.