Charlotte Cox

Athlete and Sports Personality

Moved to the official event hotel today, meeting all the different delegations as they arrive.  Around 40 countries are here at the last count including China, South Africa, Italy, Austria, Finland and numerous South American countries, more are expected before the competion starts.

We get to visit the track tomorrow where the competition will be held.  It will be an opportunity to do some proper training.

Today is Mum and Dad’s wedding anniversary.  This is the longest time they’ve been apart in 24 years of marriage.  Dad had a lovely bouquet of flowers delivered – Mum loved them.

The weather is disrupting training.  The middle of the day is unbearably hot and every afternoon and evening we’ve been here has seen heavy rain and thunder storms.  Training is limited to aqua aerobics in the swimming pool – it’s the colest place to be.  

If the weather continues like this it will disrupt the games as all the events are programmed to take place in the late afernoon early evening – to avoid the mid day heat.

Not much sleep last night.  The temperature is uncomfortably hot and we had a terrific thunderstorm circle the bay.

The weather for the next few days is looking rather stormy.

We’re safely bedded down at our hotel in Puerto Vallarta.

Sufferring from jet lag from the flight here, tired, relaxed, sleep zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

We touched down at Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport (Puerto Vallarta) at 12.32pm  local time (18.32pm in the UK).

Now in hotel relaxing.

Took off from Charlotte, North Carolina a little late (again) at 9.38am on route to Puerto Vallarta.

We should arrive at 12.26pm local time.

Flying over: South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Mexico …… nearly there.

Arrived at Terminal 7 at JFK Airport, New York at 4.00am to find it closed!!  Thought it was linked to Hurricane Earl – but fortunately it was just the airport doesn’t open until one hour before the first flight – ours.

Departed JFK on an Airbus A319 a little bit later than expected at 6.42am.  The flight was expected to land in Charlotte, North Carolina at 8.22am but must have had a bit of a tail wind as we landed in Charlotte at 7.58am.  The flight was a bit turbulent as we skirted Hurricane Earl.

Weather in Charlotte fair 64F with a very light SW wind.

We take off for the final leg of our outbound journey to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico at 9.29am.

We awoke a 3.30am, couldn’t sleep – still on UK time.  Took a dawn walk to the Empire State Building (too early – closed).  Enjoyed an early morning breakfast in Time Square – eggs over easy.  We then embarked on a whirlwind tour of NY on an opened topped bus followed by a trip on the Staten Island Ferry and a visit to Ground Zero.  Lunched in Chinatown, a quick visit to Macy’s, the Rockefeller Centre then an evening at the the Empire State Building (Opened).

A sweltering hot day but got back to the hotel to find leaflets on the bed telling us what to do in the event of a hurricane.  Early to bed as we have to be at JFK Airport a 4.00am for our morning flight to Puerto Vallarta – hurricane Earl permitting.

After a flight of 7 hours and 40 minutes we touched down at Newark at 6.41pm local time (11.41pm UK).  It’s a hot summers evening in NY with the temperature in the 90’s. 

Next stop Manhattan and the Jolly Madison Hotel.

Wednesday 1st September – A sunny morning and Sonia and Charlotte are ready to go. 

Sonia and Charlotte - Packed and ready to go

We set off for Heathrow at 11.00am and after a journey of roughly two hours arrived safely at Terminal 3.  We checked in for our Virgin flight VS0001 for Newark, New Jersey.  We said a tearful goodbye to Will and Dad at the departure gate and we headed off through security at 2.00pm to hit the “Duty Free” shops.

Mexico here we come - Security at Heathrow

We boarded our flight at 3.45pm on an Airbus A340 named “Lady Luck” – taking off at 4.20pm for the first leg of our journey to Mexico, via Newark airport and over-nighting in New York.