Thursday, July 04, 2013
I made the most of that potential today, flying with Woody, Sebastian, Maui JJ, Calgary Dan, Mad Dog, Jim, Johnimo, Drew and Duck. The wind speed and direction were all over the map, and so was I, plotting a 13 mile bowtie course around various points from Kualoa to Punaluu during a marathon 3 1/2 hour flight. On my freshly relined craft, I soared as high as 2,800 feet in between clouds with bases as low as 2,000 feet. My spaceship took me across the bay when the sensor was reading 86 degrees, and again later when it read 75 degrees, for the most easterly crossings ever.
It was a bit lonely up there, but thanks to Mad Dog and Jim for trying to keep up with my rocket ship. It was great to see Calgary Dan redeem himself after yesterday's pasture mishap, with a dreamy three hour flight at cloud base above Puu Piei. Over the radio I could hear the Makapuu boys staying local and enjoying what Thom described as soporifically sweet airtime.
Hopefully today's great XC flight is a harbinger of XC potential for the summer season!
Posted by Alex at 2:25 AM