After a very long hiatus, by my standards anyway, I was granted medical clearance, now with two eyes. I was ready to get back in the saddle. I had to work til noon, and then a 3pm rug rat pickup was dropped my way. Well, I guess there is always tomorrow. But on the way back to the house, I looked up at the range, and it was clearing. Suddenly the truck went from 15mph to 40mph, with the horn beeping at the little school kids to get out the way. Two skipped red lights, a two wheeled turn and I was flying by the driveway kicking Kalei and Mochi to the curb.
Somewhere in the havoc, I thought to call JK and told him to get his gear and let's go. He was ready and we were on our way to Makapuu. Alex called while we were en route and I told him we were on our way to Kahana … by air. Alex said he would be waiting, but he said not to stop at Kahana, because there was not even a bug fart, so just keep going.
Well, that was the plan. I had tried to follow JK to Olomana but I wasn't liking it and neither was he. He cut back low behind Olomana got a spanking and headed toward me at Greenwalls. JK again tried a back door to Olomana as I trudged through the Olomana rotor, which wasn't that bad.
I got to the Pali at 2,300 feet, and looking at the clouds that were starting to sneak in, getting higher was tricky. Topped out a little over 2,500, which would given me airspace clearance, but with no buffer. The window was getting closed, so I turned to look for JK.
I made it back to Makapuu in record time. I think a few times I was actually doing 30 mph, but I did slow down as I passed over Waimanalo Elementary school zone. Those kids are huge. Making it to turn point three, at the lighthouse, with no wing man and only Chandler in the air on a free-style glider, I thought I was done. Then I remembered: Mad Dog is back. I pushed downrange to add 2 more turnpoints and complete a ping pong flight.
This time cloud base was getting more fickle, and tagging Puu O Kona would have to do, so I made a quick turn and sped back to the light house. I was done, and I wanged it in for a landing. Thanks for the ride Sharky! I was anxious to get home to load it up. After uploading I thought it was my fourth highest scoring flight of the year, but Alex corrected me, it was my third best! He said one more big flight and I would have him. But I told him …
It's Time to Fly,
But It's Not You I'm Gonna Flog,
I Got my EYE
On the Big Bad Mad Dog!