It wasn’t an idea I had considered, but our dispatcher presented Raleigh-Durham (RDU), North Carolina. Pete and I liked the idea. No weather issues. Only about an hour beyond JFK, it was well within our fuel requirements. The only hitch was that our station personnel were resisting because of hotel availability and the possibility that U.S. customs would have to extend their hours. Miraculously, the stars aligned. About an hour and a half from JFK, I directed Pete to request a clearance to RDU from Moncton Center over Newfoundland, Canada. Our arrival to Runway 5L was via a visual approach from the downwind leg, a procedure not often accomplished in my 777 world.