Another early start after a not so great sleep. The taxi picked us up at 07:00 and we arranged for a quick stop at the lookout. We didn't want to miss that opportunity again.
What great views. It's funny, sometimes it's best from the ground.
On arrival at the plane I found everything I'd lost the day before. This time was Darryn's turn to fly. By 8am we were airbourne off Sedona's runway 21 climbing to 9500' on our way to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Again, I needed a few more shots on the way out.
The first disappointment for the day was passing Winslow and realising that we had missed the crater. I had it in my head it was after Winslow for some reason. We had sorted that out the night before but I reset back to stupid and Derwood forgot to mention it. Bugger. Oh well.
One thing we got right was that we had planned a specific piece of music for this town.
The trip was the highest DA the aeroplane had ever experienced however it performed flawlessly. TASing out at 165+ which considering the load is a pretty good effort for a wooden aeroplane designed in 1955!
The controller at Santa Fe was great. He helped us find the fuel pump and was interested where we were from. It took a bit to figure out the local fuel pumps but doing it ourself saved us a bunch. It cost us $5.86 a gallon but if we'd have gone for full service it would have been $7.53.
The only bummer was, I left my credit card in the pump. After a panicked phone call to the local FBO from the hotel it was rescued. I'll get it in the morning.
On arrival a nice guy drove up and chatted for a bit. He was funny. He yelled from his truck ” Tell me you flew that fu**er all the way here”. Then said, “Hey, what does a Polish pilot say when he sees a grade 6 thunderstorm in his 12 o'clock?” “let's do a 360 and get the hell out of here” .. Funny. He is an ex Navy P3 Orion driver who while never visiting NZ he knew a lot about it. I'm sure he would have met guys from work.
After checking in to our hotel we went for a walk around Sante Fe. It certainly is the city different. It's got a cool vibe to the place. Everyone is super friendly as usual for the USA and the architecture is very much as you would imagine. Never before have I thought a horse would be more appropriate form of transport.
We've been travelling early to avoid weather and no more that today have we seen why.
these big thunderstorms are no place to be near in little aeroplanes.
And gues what street we are next to?