Chicago 2018 – Day Eighteen

Today sadly is our last day in Chicago ๐Ÿ™

Julie had already left for Atlanta by the time we woke. Lazy breakfast & final check of the bags ready for the short drive to O’Hare airport. Elle was up & spending the last hour with us. We’ll miss her & I’m sure she’ll miss us!

Heavy bags loaded into the car & off to the gas station to fill up before the 1st stop of the day at the car rental guys. $25 dollars to fill up, significantly cheaper than the UK. We paid $3.05/gallon whereas the same cost in the UK would have been approx ยฃ40 or $52 so a saving to be had in the US!

Car dropped off and then the shuttle bus to T5 but first we had to go via T1, T2, T3 & T4. A nice couple on the bus too on their way home from watching the Buffalo Bills v Greenbay Packers, not a good trip as the Packers had beaten the Bills.

A short wait to check-in & a worrying time for Mrs C as she was risking the amount of shopping she had done & not trying to exceed her 23Kg/bag. Wow she made it with both bags coming in at 22.7Kg each! The queue for the security line was longer but within 25 minutes we were through.

We checked into the KLM lounge rather than sit in the main terminal waiting area. I sat watching the Chicago Cubs v Milwaukee Brewers while having a couple of beers. Mrs C had a couple of ‘double’ Baileys with ice & decided that ‘Sober for October’ wasn’t the way forward after-all!

We should have left Chicago at 15:50 but the flight got delayed until 16:06, however once we were all seated on the plane it didn’t leave the tarmac until 16:45. A little bit of a worry as any delay would cause us problems with our connecting flight at Dublin for Manchester as we on had 75 minutes between flights.

Mrs C had a grumble about young children being on long-haul flights as there was one in the seat behind her & one in the middle section of seats 1 row in front of us. However not long after take-off the family behind us were moved to the back of the plane as there was more room for them to spread out. I did remind Mrs C that she was like the children catcher in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang & needed to be more tolerant ๐Ÿ˜›

Read tomorrows blog to see if we made our connection in Dublin OK …….

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