(A 1500 mile AirBike adventure)
|Everyone needs to make "The Trip" whether it be in H.S., college or as adult. It is something that just must be satisfied, perhaps it is a "guy thing". I've yearned to make this trip for a long time, early this spring I decided to make it happen this year.
The photographic journal that follows will let you enjoy some of the same things I did, and perhaps inspire you to make "Your Trip" in '06.
|The first "Main Gate" at AirVenture, there are about five entrances. There is something nostalgic about this sign, perhaps because I first saw it in the late '70's during my initial auto camping trip here with my three sons.|
|Advance planning was the heart of my trip: NOTAMS, charts, fuel stops, lodging, equipment/clothing lists, etc., etc.|
|Calculating for 100 miles between fuel stops resulted in my making 16 of them throughout this trip. Two hours is about as long as my fanny could take being strapped in one place.|
|I thought you'd like this photo, neat isn't it? It is someplace over Iowa still enroute to Oshkosh, WI. This is what open cockpit flying is all about!|
|AirBike Ace, cool as a cucumber at 3,500' & flying along in comfort. Does this look like a "Happy Camper"?|
|The countryside from 2,000' AGL is absolutely beautiful! You can even smell the new mown hay, bar-b-q smoke and see folks working in the fields. Notice the artwork scrolls in the photo at the left.|
|Thanks to the good folks at this EAA Chapter In West Bend, WI., I had lodging and food for the night. In the AM I left for Oshkosh!|
|This it it, entering the ultralight pattern at highway 26 and U.S. 44! The NOTAM says stay at 300' AGL to avoid overhead traffic entering rwy 36. I did!!|