I flew from Cape Town to Dubai -
which is a 10 hour flight, had a 9 hour layover, then flew 14 hours and 30 minutes to Toronto on a huge Airbus A380. It's quite the plane with suites complete with spa showers in first class, Wi-Fi, Google Street View and a 'bedroom' for staff. Unfortunately the staff seemed to spend most of their time in the bedroom - they even changed into pyjamas! I was disappointed with the service and food although the JD was pretty fine!
The A380 is a double decker and holds 525 people. I chose to fly Emirates because of their reputation but .... We were on the plane 3.5 hours before we were offered anything. I had a 3 hour layover in Toronto and barely got through customs and to the gate on time. Then I had a 3 hour flight to Saskatoon. Mom and Dad ❤️ picked me up and I spent a short night with them because I was back on the road at 5:15 am, heading for North Battleford. From the time I flew out of Cape Town to the time I got to N.B., it was 52 hours!
I had an excellent adventure: I learned a lot and saw even more. However, I think my overlanding days might be over - where I want to go next is easy to do on one's own so....... Stay posted!
I'm excited to be home - looking forward to regular life - working a bit, enjoying my condo and MY NEW GRANDSON-