Next stop Brisbane (via Sydney)
HEATHROW – At security these days, as well as having to take your shoes off and be subjected to an intimate frisk, they also make you take your laptop out.
One fellow traveller spotted the BBC Sport logo on the back of mine, and asked: “Not going to the Ashes are you?”
He, much to his despair, was destined for somewhere else but wished me well on my travels, despite his obvious envy.
His reaction was rather different to my Polish builder, who has only just about heard of cricket, and is mystified as to why I would travel to the other side of the world to watch sport.
All English cricket fans have a first Ashes memory. Looking back, mine now seems almost unreal.
I was eight years old when I was taken to see the fourth day of the 1981 Test at Headingley. There were hundreds of kids my sort of age there that day to watch Ian Botham’s astonishing assault on Lillee and Alderman.
I am pretty sure there will be plenty of youngsters keeping a close eye on Andrew Flintoff and Co this winter in the hope they can produce something similar.
My flight has a stop in Singapore and then I am spending one night in Sydney before heading straight to Brisbane on Sunday morning.
I believe the forecasters are anticipating 28 degrees in Queensland and bright sunshine.
Liam Plunkett’s last blog entry mentioned the less than appealing weather the team had encountered so far.
But I am sure that although summer does not officially start in Australia until December, the warmer climes of Brisbane will be to his liking.
My only experience of Australia so far was a brief trip to Melbourne and the rest of Victoria, taking in two days of the 2002-03 Ashes.
The atmosphere at the MCG then was spectacular, although the series was already in the bag for the Aussies.
Heaven knows what it will be like come 23 November.