my journey and when not to drink coffee
22.03.2010 - 22.03.2010 22 °C
Monday March 22, 2010
Time to leave Maleny.
My flight leaves the Brisbane Domestic Airport at 6:55am. I want to be there an hour early. I have to return my Hertz rent a car first. I went to sleep at 9pm Sunday evening. I set my mind to wake up at 4am having set the alarm radio clock in my room, but not having confidence in it because I had to follow directions that are not entirely clear and reassuring.
I awoke firstly at 10:30pm with a start. Then went back to bed.
Then I awoke about 1:00am because I think that's when Janet and Rob arrived back at the cottage next to me.
Finally I awoke at 3:25am and that was close enough. I made myself a good cup of coffee, watched the TV weather channel and then proceeded to get ready to leave by 4am. Somehow putting my stuff together and changing my mind about what I wanted to wear took longer than I planned. Then when I tried to set the GPS up on the window screen, the bloody holder was giving me a hard time. I think I spent 5 minutes trying to fix it. (Saturday evening the holder fell apart and that was an interesting start. See march 20 going home for that story). So anyway, forget the holder, put the GPS on the dash and go. I left at 4:22am. I'm anticipating that it will take me an hour and a half to get to the domestic airport.
The highway system is great and the GPS voice got me through the various changes that were required.
I used three highway systems. The GPS was not up to date for actually exiting to the airport. It told me in 3 km that I would turn for the airport, a sign in front of me said 500 metres exit to airport. I followed the sign. (remembering our new bridge at home). The signage is fantastic, with busy traffic, the slower pace and separate lane for rental cars (at a certain point) got me into the Hertz car park easily. As I unloaded my stuff – now having to go to the bathroom urgently, a fellow came out from the Hertz station and took my keys etcetera. I headed into the airport. It was 5:45am.
I gave a quick look for a toilet, but with all my baggage, I really didn't want to have to take it with me into the room.
Then for check in, everyone is expected to use a self-service kiosk. I have never used one before. Okay, time to read (keep in mind I have to pee). So I got my electronic boarding pass; waited in line; checked my baggage; went over to security to go through the gates. Please take your laptop out of your carry on and put it into a tray. Done. I go to the roller thing and place my laptop tray, my carry on piece and my red purse/satchel. I see/hear the security person point out something about a red purse to a person in the back. Whatever. I go through. Then re-pack. Then turn around to go and I am asked to come to the side for a check of ammunition powder. Sure. (remember I still have to pee – do you think that I was looking a little sweaty and nervous?) I looked at the person next to me, also getting checked and she had some red on her baggage. I think that is how they were choosing their random people checks today. Then as I was now free to go, I realized that I had forgotten that I had a big bottle of drinking water in my carry-on. Perhaps I could have gotten to the toilet earlier if I had not left that in my bag?
First level is gates 1 to 3, no mention of where my gate 20 was. I asked a security guard whose body language seemed to indicate that he is not to be talked to. Anyhoo, my gate is upstairs, take the escalator. Thank you. Up the escalator, down a long hall, walking is good...and finally the bathroom! Hold up, for a short lineup of three in front of me. So close. Finally I got to sit and be relieved Whew and sigh.
This brings me to sitting in my chair at my gate and we will be boarding in five minutes. I am now going to be flying to Cairns. Leaving at 6:55am March 22, 2010 Australian time.