It turns out that I am here in Austin for another night. All was going swimmingly in the airport. We had arrived in plenty of time, we had our boarding cards printed, we had secured our onward connections and we had even boarded the plane when the announcement came. “The flight has been cancelled”.

Dallas, our first destination on the return journey, has been hit with a rare snowstorm. disrupting all flights in and out of the airport. Trust us to be there in the middle of it.

Lots of phone calls and long queues later, we are ensconced for the night in a hotel not far from the airport. It will be an early start: 4am. Fingers and toes are securely crossed.