JANET'S DAILY JOURNAL
June 10, 2006
June 16, 2006
June 21, 2006
Transported to airport to at 6:00 am. After weather brief we decided a "no-go". We waited it out and were able to get in the air about 10:00 am. We had to vector around some weather and we hit some showers but was a great learning experience. We flew 2 legs of the race today.....landed in Bryan, TX (Coulter Field - CFD) and then on to Bastrop, Louisiana (Morehouse Memorial - 2F8). We stayed there for the night. We thought about pushing on but we were unsure of the weather and we were really tired...the heat is really draining us.
June 22, 2006
In the air by 7:15 am..... Needed to get to Ada, Oklahoma stop before thunder storms moved in. We landed at Ada Municipal Ė ADH and then right on to Lawrence, Kansas (Lawrence Municipal - LWC). We stayed there for a few hours to wait for storms to clear out of our flight path. Then we flew the longest leg of the race to Albert Lea, Minnesota (Albert Lea Municipal - AEL).
We did really well today....from Louisiana to Minnesota..... We traveled a lot of miles and the scenery was beautiful. We are now back to seeing green on the ground instead of brown dessert. We have also reached cooler temperatures. One more leg to go and weather looks good for tomorrow. The waiting for weather to clear is actually fun.....we get to socialize with the other racers. They have all been so nice and a lot of fun. The racers are from all over the US. and range in age from college students majoring in aviation to a spunky little lady of 85 who is still flying and very competitive. There are a team of Sisters and also a Mother/Daughter team. They are from all professions....flight instructors, lawyers; microwave engineer, cargo pilot, realtors, teachers and also the CEO of Mooney Aircraft (guess what she flew in the race). It is really interesting listening to these women discussing engines, equipment, avionics and types of aircraft. It has been a real education.
June 23, 2006
WE MADE IT!
Weather gods smiled down on us big time today....clear blue skies with unlimited visibility. We had a beautiful flight to Menominee, Michigan. After flying over 2154 nautical miles crossing over 12 states, we crossed the finish line at Menominee Twin Lakes Airport - MNM. We had to fly out over Lake Michigan to set up for approach to land.......beautiful site.
All the teams made it in but #34.....our good Texas friends Sandy and April (V-tails rule) had to drop out of the race yesterday with engine problems after they did an emergency landing In Iowa. They did an excellent job getting the plane and themselves safely on the ground.We will miss them at the closing activities....we are just glad they are okay.
Temperature here was 75 degrees when we landed about noon......feels like fall after the 100+ temps we came from. This evening we attended a Welcome Barbeque at the marina....nice to socialize not in race mode.
This Concludes Janet's Journal.