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Unread 8 May 18, 03:38 PM  
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So with the trip getting closer I thought I'd better get around to booking the Grand Canyon trip.

The plan has been to book it for my actual birthday - what a great way to spend my 40th, right? I wanted the really early tour (6:15am pickup - early starts don't bother me) so I could get back and still go out for dinner.

I nearly booked it a few weeks ago but didn't, and then the USD rate dropped so I held off. On Sunday Ele told me to just get on and book it.

Disaster! The 6:15 tour on my birthday is sold out!

Naturally, being a grown up man, I had a huge sulk and declared the whole trip ruined. Ele, being far more wise than me, talked me around to going the day before with the promise of a lovely relaxing birthday involving not getting up so early and a lovely breakfast somewhere, with perhaps cocktails around a pool or whatever else I wanted to do, followed by a very nice dinner somewhere.

So I reluctantly agreed to this, and we're doing exactly that.

All my own fault, which makes it worse. If it was somebody else's fault I would be quite happy blaming them!
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So with the trip getting closer I thought I'd better get around to booking the Grand Canyon trip.

The plan has been to book it for my actual birthday - what a great way to spend my 40th, right? I wanted the really early tour (6:15am pickup - early starts don't bother me) so I could get back and still go out for dinner.

I nearly booked it a few weeks ago but didn't, and then the USD rate dropped so I held off. On Sunday Ele told me to just get on and book it.

Disaster! The 6:15 tour on my birthday is sold out!

Naturally, being a grown up man, I had a huge sulk and declared the whole trip ruined. Ele, being far more wise than me, talked me around to going the day before with the promise of a lovely relaxing birthday involving not getting up so early and a lovely breakfast somewhere, with perhaps cocktails around a pool or whatever else I wanted to do, followed by a very nice dinner somewhere.

So I reluctantly agreed to this, and we're doing exactly that.

All my own fault, which makes it worse. If it was somebody else's fault I would be quite happy blaming them!
Oh dear! Is it worth just looking at a different tour operator instead? There will be loads of options with similar time - we ended up not doing it this time because all the operators were early starts and we are not morning people so don't give up if thats what you want to do x
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Oh dear! Is it worth just looking at a different tour operator instead? There will be loads of options with similar time - we ended up not doing it this time because all the operators were early starts and we are not morning people so don't give up if thats what you want to do x
I really wanted this specific trip. It's a small plane ride over the Hoover dam, along the Colorado river and then landing at the South Rim, then transport to 2 viewing points. Came very highly recommended by someone (tonymc I think).

I've booked it now anyway
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I really wanted this specific trip. It's a small plane ride over the Hoover dam, along the Colorado river and then landing at the South Rim, then transport to 2 viewing points. Came very highly recommended by someone (tonymc I think).

I've booked it now anyway
Brilliant sounds good :-) Bet you are so excited! I'm looking forward to your updates as I have a severe case of PVD going on (post vegas depression )
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As further proof that the universe hates me, I have done something to my knee and whatever was in there before appears to have been replaced with a large lumpy of jelly.

Naturally the Locum GP was incredibly helpful, suggesting I go away and come back in a week if it's still bad. So a week later I was back, as it was worse. Luckily I then got to see my actual GP, who agreed it was a little odd. I decided I'm not mucking around with this as I had a similar problem on the other knee a few years ago and that ended up with surgery.

So I got a referral and today saw an actual specialist consultant at a private hospital. I had self-diagnosed myself with Dr Google and decided it was probably a meniscal tear but decided not to tell him, lest he get jealous of my Dr House-like diagnostic skills. He examined my knee ("Whoa that's really swollen!") and he thought the same thing - and quite a bad one too.

He wanted me to get an MRI scan (done literally 20 minutes later - private is wonderful!) and although he needs to see me for a follow-up next week to confirm the scan results, he has already pencilled me in for an arthroscopy in June.

Which is about 3 and half weeks before we fly to Vegas.

He tells me I'll be fine to fly on the 8th July though. And I suppose being in posho class means I can have my leg up as much as I need it if it's still sore. I seem to recall it took about 2 weeks before I was moving fairly normally last time.

My medical insurance documents state it should be covered as it happened after booking (although I have 3 trips coming up which I'm sure will please them) but I suppose I'll have to let them know about it and argue with them if necessary.

Grr, things are never easy!
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Sounds painful Neil. At least it is getting sorted out!

And where is the third trip to (Vegas, Orlando and... ?)
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Oh no :-( Hopefully it'll all be sorted by then - if not you'll have to ask them for some decent painkillers so at least if it starts you'll have something suitable! If it was 2 weeks last time hopefully the 3 and a half weeks will be enough - fingers crossed for you x
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Sounds painful Neil. At least it is getting sorted out!

And where is the third trip to (Vegas, Orlando and... ?)
Ah, that's New York again in January! Another Club World Avios booking for just Ele and I (well, and a few friends who are going at the same time!)

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Oh no :-( Hopefully it'll all be sorted by then - if not you'll have to ask them for some decent painkillers so at least if it starts you'll have something suitable! If it was 2 weeks last time hopefully the 3 and a half weeks will be enough - fingers crossed for you x
Yeah here's hoping... I think it was 2 weeks, was a few years ago now so don't really remember.
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