Made it home this morning. I experienced “right-on-the-nose” headwinds nearly the whole way home in order to pay penance for the tailwinds that I had when flying to KHUF. After leaving St. Joe yesterday morning, I had a little wait for some IFR to burn off in Kansas. This resulted in my lay over and discovery of a very nice, homey, FBO at Smith Center, Kansas that was selling fuel for $4.98!.
Yesterday’s slow progress pushed me too late in the afternoon, when I got near the mountains, so I stopped in La Junta (east of Pueblo), and decided to call it a day. They have 10 or 12 diamond trainers there that provide initial flight training (on contract) to all who have become non-flying officers in the AF (from officer training school, ROTC, etc.) and think they want to go move into a flying commission. It was fun to see, but with that many aircraft flying, they “own” the pattern, so you gotta get in fast.
I stayed overnight, but had to leave my little one on the ramp, and watch a brief thunderstorm sweep over it. No hail and no water got in anywhere, so she started right up this morning and I headed home. Again, into perfect headwinds. Saw 26 kts of headwind crossing Monarch pass at 12.5K’. Once I started back “downhill” near Crested Butte, things got faster and I pulled into my home airport about 9:45 in the morning. Here is a short video along the way just NW of Gunnison Colorado. https://youtu.be/8sqqVihge-Q
It was great to see everyone again and to meet Mike Dunning in person. I think Mike is asking all the right questions and it was definitely interesting to see all the bits of the inside of a Revmaster and the aftermarket parts he has acquired. I am glad everyone made the effort, because on Thursday night I was feeling a bit self-conscious by being outnumbered by the Q1’s. I felt like they were ganging up on their big brother.
Thanks again to Keith for putting all this together and making it run like a Swiss watch.
The question everyone kept asking was where were the Crains?
Jay Scheevel, Tri-Q2 N8WQ, now at 235 hours