Thursday, October 31, 2013
Mad Dog and I decided to take a low cloud jaunt down range and with the predicted strong trades we were planning it to be a one-way trip. Lift was easy and buoyant, the strong trades were not so strong, and it was just the pesky clouds that kept us scraping at 2,300 feet.
I left Pu'u O Kona chasing the coattails of the Mad Dog. He was pulling in and up at Olomana as I was transitioning to flat land sniffing. I found a few and thought I had it, but then I got it, a huge sink hole. Plunging into the valley of thick trees below seemed to be my destiny. I caught little snot rockets coming out of the development, which gave me enough to get over this minefield.
Okay, I had an LZ, not a great one but very doable. This place is a frying pan of thermals, snotty wing wrenching twisters and rotor. Somehow I kept calm and kept up my speed with heavy weight shifting s-turns. The workers all saw me now and most stopped to watch. They could see my wing pitching back and then dropping down. A few iPhones came out, I would really like those videos.
There were times when I started my final approach only to get sucked back up. Hands up, a few more s-turns, then finally a touch down through rebar uprights. A couple claps from the workers as I balled up and headed for the street. Jorge was on his way to grab me and Maui Doug intercepted him. Thanks for the lift!
On my way back to the LZ, Mad Dog called me to let me know he was down and safe. He grabbed the bus and was on his way back.
Still unnerved and recording this log, I hear the door bell ring: "Trick or Treat!" I hope there are enough treats cause I can't take any more tricks like that one.
Happy Halloween, It's Time to Fly, Get Your LZ Picked Out and Land Safely.
Posted by Thom at 6:33 PM