On Monday 2 September, this trip started as most previous 4Aviation trips, at the Amsterdam Schiphol international airport. Seven, of the group of eight, had gathered at Schiphol for the first stint of the American Airlines flight to Philadelphia, with the final destination being Los Angeles. American Airlines was rather sparse with the entertainment facilities onboard the Boeing 767, but we managed to survive the 8 hours flight. In Philly we had a stopover of a couple of hours, but this time was well spent with customs, picking up luggage and handing it back in again, immigration and a meal. As the United States is a big country, we had another five hours to go to reach the west coast.
As all customs issues had been cleared in Philadelphia, we only had to pick up our luggage and find our rental cars. The Thrifty employee did a great job and swiftly supplied us with two great cars. Here we also met up with the eighth member of our group. The last part of the day was filled with driving to our first hotel of the trip near San Diego.