Here we are back at Heartland RV in Hermosa, SD after two very trying days.
We left Philadelphia (almost) on schedule Tuesday afternoon. We were expecting a 4 hour lay-over in Chicago O'Hare and then a flight to Rapid City.
As we were boarding the plane in Philadelphia we were asked if we would check our luggage without cost because they expected the flight to be full and not enough overhead storage. We gave them our two small bags, keeping only my computer.
We arrived at O'Hare on Concourse B. Our remaining flight was leaving from Concourse C, quite a walk through a tunnel and through the airport. Of course both our incoming flight and outgoing were both at gates on the far ends of the concourses. I would judge the distance between them to be a mile.
We were about an hour into our wait at O'Hare when I pulled up the Internet to find an email from United informing us our gate was changed. No problem, the other gate was nearby in section F. About a half hour later we were told to move to another gate in F. This time down a flight of steps. No sooner got there and told to move again, back up the steps and over to section E.
About 10 pm we heard the announcement the flight was cancelled and to come back to section F. They were handing out phone numbers to call. I called the number and found that office was closed, as did others. A lady came around with another number. I called and was told the next available flight would be 6:30 pm the next afternoon.
We then waited in line to talk to an agent who confirmed what I was told on the phone. The next flight they could get us on would be 20 hours later. She gave us a discount coupon for a hotel and four $10. food vouchers. We asked about our bags because of our medication. We were told to go downstairs (a loooonnnngggggg way away) and see if we could retrieve them. By this time Len could barely walk with a sore foot.
We went to baggage claim area but were told no one was working back there and we could not get our luggage. They gave us a number to Walgreens and told us to call them. WHAT? We don't use Walgreen for our meds, just how were they supposed to help us at 11 at night.
I attempted to call the hotel and got no answer. We could not find the free shuttle they said would be outside. So, - spend the night in the airport. With no luggage. The baggage claim people gave us each a small bag with toiletries.
We found some bench seats and tried to get some sleep. By this time it was midnight. By one I knew I would get no sleep as the A/C was on full blast and I was freezing. We walked around to try to find someone who could find me a blanket. We saw three agents having their break. These were REALLY sweet people. The lady got me two of those skimpy blankets airlines USED to provide.
Then when they heard we were not scheduled to leave until 6 pm, they looked further on the computer. They found a flight that was leaving Chicago at 8 am with a four hour layover in Denver before another flight into Rapid City. We'll take it! Our original flights were Phila to Chicago to Rapid City. But to get out earlier from Chicago we would do another layover.
We went back to the benches and snoozed for a while until around 5. I should say Len snoozed, I slept twice for about 30 minutes each time.
After using the vouchers for breakfast and sandwiches we go, we were all set to leave at 8 am. They boarded us around 9 and 1/2 hour later told us to get our bags and deplane. The plane was having mechanical problems as were 2 others in the immediate area. They talked about cancelling the flight but around 2 pm found another plane. In the meantime, our gate was changed three more times. We missed our connecting flight in Denver but when we got there they had us booked on another flight just 45 minutes later.
We really did not expect to find our luggage when we landed, but somehow there it was. When I opened my email this morning, there were 14 messages from United. I did not read them!
Len's foot has been bothering him with occasional swelling. After all this walking his big toe is so big and side of foot so swolen he can not get his boots on. This morning we found an urgent care center. As we thought it might be - gout.
Yea, United, some friendly skies you fly there!
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