Airventure 2000 (Page 2)
|Unfortunately, the trip across NE and IA was ahead of a very slow moving cold front, ensuring low overcast and scattered rain for a couple of days. At about 0800, Frank and I cranked up the planes while a short shower dumped rain on us.|
||Boredom Fighters inbound to OSH over the Iowa countryside.|
headed out towards OSH on the low and slow route, dodging and
not-dodging showers along the way.
1:45 minutes later were at Ripon and inbound to Fisk.
Winds were 180 at about 14.
Unfortunately, Frank’s radio chose a bad time to act up and he
was directed to runway 27. Not
wanting to follow suit, I promptly told the controller I could
understand him just fine and requested 18.
Not a problem. Turn to 100 degrees, contact tower and join downwind for 18
Left. I was able to land,
taxi to the RFA parking and tie down, 10 minutes before Frank was able
to even enter the RFA area.
weather enroute to OSH was very pleasant, however somewhat hot.
That is until I hit the mid-west.
OSH continued the cool trend with showers on and off.
At least it kept the dust down!
|N264JP and Frank Baldwin's N70FB, an Oshkosh regular....|
Wisconsin countryside is pretty green this time of year and I was able
to see most of it from 500’ AGL for the first hour.
Running into inbound traffic was not my first priority. First
stop was Decorah, IA airport where I ran into two guys in Grumman
Tigers. They were trying to
head east by making a run to the west.
They sure were picking the long way around.
another two hours I stopped at LeMars, IA for another 8 gallons of gas
where I noted the scourge of the Iowa bugs.
Every forward-facing surface of the BF was covered with black
bugs! Sunday was a day off
for the attendant, so I had to literally interrupt his golf game.
He apparently had someone else come out and pump the gas.
I proceeded to then depart and made my way though western Iowa,
skirting the southeast tip of South Dakota, and pressed on into
Nebraska. I chose the
northern Nebraska route this time and made the day’s final stop at
O’Neil, population 4,000. I
found that these smaller airports were always a pleasant place to stop.
Always friendly, had coffee ready, and usually a courtesy car to
found me just to the west of fog-induced IFR conditions, but O’Neil
was unrestricted and calm. After
being beaten-up over Utah and Wyoming, calm cool air is always nice.
2:45 latter, I landed at Chadron, NE.
A long leg, and previously consumed coffee were finally taking their
toll. As the BF settled
from a nice wheel landing, a gust from the right side decided to push
the tail around somewhat and the result was a scraped left wingtip.
No damage other than some missing fabric and minor wood damage.
The attendant fueled 12 gallons of gas and was kind enough to
lend me a roll of duct tape. Instant repairs then off again.
I wouldn't say I really needed USAF--issue speed tape, but duct tape
sure did the trick. By this time though, the slab back-seat cushion was beginning to
take effect. My lower back
was feeling the pain.
hours and I was out over Wyoming, this time stopping in Casper, located
in central WY. Also, by
this time, the much-reported western wildfires were beginning to sprout
and I saw first-hand results. Visibility
for the last 20 miles into Casper was down to about 10 miles.
Very low for that part of the country.
From here to the end of the trip, NOTAM restrictions for fire
fighting were consistently in my route.
That's the last thing I needed, being run over by a C-130 doing a
fire bombing run!
That's the last thing I needed, being run over by a C-130 doing a fire bombing run!
The next leg
was planned and flown from Casper direct to Rock Springs, WY.
If one takes a look at a map, one notices absolutely nothing
about this part of WY. I’m
serious, there’s absolutely nothing through this leg.
No roads, lakes, trees, significant mountains, ect.