Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Woody and Maui Rodney were lagging behind getting gear together, so I ran up ahead and launched low east. I benched up to 2,600 in the molasses over Puu Piei, and then set a course for Kaaawa. I knew it was a bit east and strong but I thought there was a chance of making the crossing. Sure enough I found a nice wide lift line and arrived even higher than I do on most typical northeast days! I climbed quickly and ran over to Kualoa, dodging around a big fat cloud bank. There I dallied only long enough to capture some pretty pictures before dashing back to Kaaawa.
I benched up again and headed wide over the bay. I was cutting it close, but it looked like I might have just enough time to tag Punaluu before coming back to land. Fortunately for me Punaluu was working great, and I benched up to cloud base there before striking out for another nice wide lift line back to Kahana.
By then I'd been airborne for an hour. It was surely my quickest impromptu chronic cross country flight ever, using a lot more bar than usual. Woody and Rodney were just launching as I pulled around and into the bay, to head in for a landing. I got home just in time to take Dorothy to the airport! Thanks to my better half for her usual forbearance.
Posted by Alex at 10:05 AM