Our journey took about 38 hours, across 12 time zones and through five airports before finally arriving safely in Colombo Sri Lanka.
Leaving Las Vegas at 10 a.m. Tuesday morning, we landed in San Francisco and changed planes. Eleven hours later we landed at Tokyo's Narita airport, changed planes and headed to Bangkok Thailand on a 6.5 hour flight.
It was 11 at night when we arrived in Bangkok - and our flight to Sri Lanka's capital city of Colombo was scheduled to leave at 7 a.m. No time to get a hotel room, so we found a quiet corner with some reasonably comfortable lounge chairs and settled in for the night. (After enjoying a very late evening meal of Khao Suey (cow-sway) a Thai noodle soup)
The last leg of our journey on Sri Lankan Air was just 3.5 hours. We arrived in Colombo Sri Lanka at 11 a.m. Thursday October 9th. Crossing 12 time zones meant that we 'lost' 12 hours which we'll regain on the flight home.
After Sri Lankan Immigration, we picked up our luggage, cleared customs, changed money, and stepped into the tropical day to meet our hosts Layasing and Deepthi DeSilva.
From Colombo we headed North East 220 km (approx 132 miles) to Minneriya. The journey normally takes under 5 hours. However, the two lane road is being widened - which made for a lot of stop-and-go travel.
This portion of our journey ended 45 hours after leaving Las Vegas, when we settled into our hotel room for a restful night's sleep.