7:45am Saturday: At LAX and all seems to be on time. I have a short-ish connection in Detroit so any delays are a problem. Fingers are crossed
5:00pm EST: Made the connection in Detroit by about 5 minutes! Of course now we sit and wait to be de-iced.
8:00am Central European Time: Plane landed early, the bus for Terminal 1 was waiting and when I got to the train station there was a train to Düsseldorf leaving in 10 minutes. I am on a roll, but I'll probably get to the hotel too early to check it. I'll have to think of something to do to kill a few hours...
I spoke to soon: the conductor just announced "Due to technical problems this train will end in Cologne." I knew things where going to well!