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Columbia day 6
Wow, Yowza and Ai carrumba
I sleep til dawn for the first time which is made all the better as I had an early night
A little later start today which gives me a chance to catch up on some emails and we're on our way by 10.30.
On the way up we met the same bull as yesterday. How do I know? I swear I saw him smile as We came around the corner. He doesn't flinch again and Carlos drives around.
We rig and the sky looks good. We don't want to shoot our bolt so wait for a bit and all launch after 1.00.
I don't really know where to go from here. We had the most amazing flight. Multiple trips to base at 9000ft headed north to buga (sp?), and came back south of launch again for a round trip of about 50k. If you don't count a 3k inland float from dizzard this was my first XC.
For those who don't know Dustin has the world HG distance record. How the hell did he take a waz in his 11 hours in the air? I tried and couldn't squeeze a drop. I couldn't relax enough in a thermal and it wasn't any easier doing 75kph the rest of the the time. Just wasn't happening.
Airspace here is controlled by the military and all flights should have a flight plan. The arrangement is that free flyers don't go west of the dual carriageway and Cali Int ATC don't have anything flying east of it. We were well within the agreement when an Airbus a320 flew below us at about 6000 close enough to hear the whistle of the wings. A new experience I don't care to repeat.
The clouds darken and a sugar cane fire triggered a spectacular cu congestus close to the LZ so I land PDQ and the others soon after. With all that in 3 hours airtime what a day. ... See MoreSee Less
Columbia day 5
The mosquitos have found where I've been hiding and told all their mates
The day has dawned, as well as itchy/scratchy, a bit overcast. With no need to hurry we meet at 10, load up and head to launch after stopping off in town to get some supplies. I bought a pair of flip flops - half a pair of 9s and half a pair of 10s.
Ever heard of the Brahman breed of cattle? They're the lop eared things that are prevalent in Africa, India - and here. Now I don't know if this one was a bit hard of thinking or supremely confident when he saw Carlos bearing down on him in a Land Rover but - fair play - he didn't flinch and Carlos loses his first game of chicken
He doesn't take to well to this result and proceeds to rattle up the hill at an alarming rate of knots until someone suggests we walk the rest of the way. It was only when the cloud of dust receded did we stop to consider how far that might actually be.
Dustins girlfriend Natalia walked with us and pointed out flowers, birds and trees which was nice to learn about and a good opportunity to get our breath back. The air is thin up here ok?
At launch there is still no need to hurry but we get ourselves ready and sit down for a snack and a chat. Things didn't start to look even promising until 1.00 and as Natalia had a meeting to go to she launched her PG with not even a sniff of lift all the way down.
It was another hour before signs began to tempt us but with the sky looking less promising it was now or never so we clipped in and Texas Jeff launched. I went not long after when he got some lift but almost as soon as I did he left and and headed towards the LZ.
I saw a small cloud of vultures circling and headed over there and got a few turns until they buggered off and I had to make a decision on landing
Carlos picked us both up and we had to gnash our teeth watching dustin and stein cruise around in low earth orbit for the next 3 hours as the sky opened up and looked as good as it has done all week. Argh. ... See MoreSee Less
First horizon watching session of 2016!
Got to Chapel today at about 3pm
(late due to a loose fuse in the van causing her to not start)
Wind was nice and consistent at about 24mph, direction about 20 degrees off but plenty of seagulls climbing high above so I rigged and readied myself for my first flight since bloody August!
30 mins later I was standing on launch taking my usual deep breaths to calm the nerves. When I looked up to do a final assessment the bloody wind had swung right off to the south beyond the little island near St Ives.
The lines on the sea indicated it was way off (at least 45degrees) to the south coming from about half way between the island and a second, rocky island. I waited 10 mins watching the gulls struggling to climb and decided I had missed my opportunity. Damn
Another hour of sky watching and I'd decided that that was that. Oooooh I was so close!!
Oh well, Fly Phippsy would be proud of my decision :D
Better to miss out than risk drowning I guess :D ... See MoreSee Less
The first flight of 2016 on the Hangie!
With a strong NW Wind forecast, heavy showers, freezing cold conditions, I loaded the glider and headed to perranporth!
Having Summoned the sky gods ...
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