Sunday July 24th, 2011|
OSH 2011 Day 1
I decided to make a short trip up to Airventure this year. I made an early morning departure. This pic doesn't do it justice. It was beautiful. Our youngest has added considerably to familial duties so I haven't made any long x/c flights in a while so I was a little nervous about this trip. It turned out to be a good one.
I made decent ground speeds on the way up. Here I'm crossing the Tennessee/Kentucky border over the Cumberland River.
I found Don Hall (RV-7) on the radio. We were both headed to KIKK for fuel but we were also both watching this nasty cell that was probably going to be blocking our way. I had to use the head anyway so I made the decision to divert to KDNV in Danville, Illinois.
When Don and I landed the sky was still blue there. Very quickly the nasty cell caught up with us. My tie-down rope that I had for my Claw tie-downs was too short to reach the anchors in the tarmac. I tried to get the line boy to go and get ropes but he was too busy fueling airplanes. I went vigilante and started looking in the FBO for rope. When I was inside the front of that storm hit and my airplane actually jumped the meager chock holding it in place and weather-vaned into the wind. Thankfully a bunch of guys came out and helped me hold her in place while I finally got some rope on her. Aviators are such awesome people.
Don and I loaded up with the strangers and we rode into town in a courtesy car for some lunch. Four hours later the storm had passed and we continued on our way. That's Don off my wing. If you look up in the top of the pic you'll see a Sonex that was part of the crew hunkered down at Danville.
Finally we made it. RIPON to FISK to 36 yellow dot was no problem.
That night we had dinner and went to Ardy and Ed's. How cool is that? Wake up in Georgia. Spend four hours having lunch in corn country and have ice cream at this great place -- all in the same day.