Daily Archives: October 2, 2010

Portland to Portland

Maine, that is. Lindsey headed cross-country once again today, but this time on a plane. She’s participating in The Dempsey Challenge, a two-day event filled with runs, rides and other activities to benefit The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston. Here’s a recap of her day in the sky:

I woke up at 4:45, just 1 hour and 15 minutes after going to bed (unhealthy, I know, but there was a story due, plus packing, blah, blah, blah). Needless to say, I was not off to a good start. But I did manage to pack up some homemade granola for breakfast before heading out the door. One point. Entering the airport was easy, our flight was on time (6:54 am—yikes!), and I passed out pretty much as soon as I got to my seat. Unfortunately, it was located in the last row on the plane, right beside the bathroom. Ugh. Various not-so-pleasant smells would wake me up every now and then, but overall, the flight to DC, where I had a connecting flight, was relatively smooth. My plan was to snack on granola along the way, then grab coffee and a decent lunch in DC upon arrival.

Our plane landed in DC at about 2:30 est. First step: Finding my next terminal. There was a sign upon exiting the plane that pointed me in the direction of the closest shuttle to that gate. “This is easy,” I thought. “Too easy.” So I turned and started walking in the opposite direction. Fifteen minutes later I came to the end of my route, which ended at another shuttle entrance. This time I had no choice but to hop on. Apparently taking a shuttle was inevitable after all. But my legs felt great after a brisk walk through the terminal. Much needed after over 4 hours of sitting still. Plus, it’s so empowering to walk past people on the gliding platform beside you. I mean, look who’s burning more calories, people!

Once I got to my gate I explored food options. This is where being a pescetarian has its downsides. Finding something to eat when you travel that doesn’t involve iceberg lettuce (pre-made salads), gobs of cheese (pizza) or too much mayonnaise (tuna or egg salad sandwich) is tricky. I opted for an egg and tomato sandwich on a toasted multi-grain bagel. Not bad. Not great, but not bad either. I also grabbed a cup of Dunkin Donuts coffee to help keep my eyes open during the second leg. I then filled up my Klean Kanteen with water, using the water fountain by the bathroom. As much as I needed coffee, I also needed water to help counterbalance the caffeine effect and keep me hydrated in the sky.

The flight to Maine was only a little over an hour long, and I admittedly slept through about 95 percent of it… But I did feel better when we hit the ground. Little caffeine trick I learned from an expert years ago: It only takes about 30 minutes for the full effect to kick in, so if you can drink a cup of coffee, then fall asleep immediately afterward for 30 minutes, you’ll wake up feeling refreshed. I think it worked.

Portland, Maine was much rainier than Portland, Oregon when we arrived, but I was glad to be grounded for good. We drove straight to the sponsor dinner (yup, I looked as shabby chic as you’d imagine after a full day of traveling), where I was greeted with a hug from Patrick Dempsey himself. And you know what, a hug from McDreamy instantly made the day-long-extravaganza seem totally worthwhile.

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