My itinery was as follows: 6:55 AM, July 28, CLE-CVG, MD80; 9:30 AM, CVG-PHX, 757; 3:00 PM, August 2, PHX-CVG, 757; 10:50 PM, CVG-CLE MD80. I got to CLE at 5 AM, so I was bumped to the 6 AM flight to ATL. We had to circle ATL for 10 min. until some fog lifted. We got SkyDeli. It's pretty good. I was hoping to see a final L1011, but all I saw were 767s, which I've never seen before either. Around 8:30, we left on the 757 to PHX, we got breakfast, which was a banana, milk, cereal, and a croissant (sp.). The flight was uneventful.
Returning was a different story. We couldn't get on an earlier flight, because we saw that our 757 flight was half empty!! So, we left at 3:00 and about 3000 feet up, we suddenly dipped, presumabely because the pilot had turned the autopilot on. We landed in CVG around 9:45, to thick clouds and some storms in the area. Our 10:50 flight to CLE left on time, and was pretty bumpy. BUT, our descent was even worse!! We were goin up and down, and side to side, through these clouds and storms. We had to descend over downtown Cleveland, and make a sharp turn to final right over Jacobs Field. I knew we were in for a rough landing by the way we kept swaying side to side. Sure enough, about halfway down the runway, we finally touched down. Right main first, then left main, then nose gear. We were going way too fast and the spoilers were up as soon as the gear touched. The reverse thrust was at full power, and we still had to skid to a stop with the brakes !!!!! All in all, it was a great trip, and I give a lot of respect to the pilot and first officer that got us on the ground!