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Jerry Fischer 07-11-2013 12:10 PM

The Odyssey of N5183
 
Here is the only picture from my phone I took on my way back from 77S (Creswell OR to Winder GA of my RV1.
The trip was pretty much as planned, 2400 NM southern route. 24 flight hours over 3 1/2 days. Beautiful scenery, but very hot on the ground.
Left 77S 7/7 @ 1030PDT, fuel at O37(Orland Haigh), spent 1st night in Bakersfield (L45). A gentleman pulled up on golf cart as I was readying for departure on morning of 7/8, and we struck up a conversation, turns out it was John Harmon, (who knew):-)).
Next stop was KCGZ (Casa Grande AZ) for fuel and the folks there were great .
Spent 2nd nite in KDMN and met Jake the Lab/Rhodesian Ridgeback dog and some great folks at the FBO providing me with a ride to the motel . I highly recommend the Grand Motor Inn.
The 3rd day was hot in West Texas as I flew east to 7T7 (SkyWest) south of Midland for fuel. Sign in FBO window: Guns Welcome Please keep holstered unless required to shoot. Hit what you aim at. ;-)). Met a very nice pilot(Gary) who assisted with the fuel fill-up. Hope to see him at OSH.
Then on to F44 (Athens, TX) for the 3rd nite and some Texas BBQ at Danny's
Stayed at the Victorian Inn, with transportation provided by Carroll Dyson of Dyson Aviation, both he and Miss Mary were kind enough to let me park overnight at their ramp. The Chevy pick-up was excellent transportation.
Off to KBQP (Bastrop, LA) for next fuel stop on 4th day.
Had made good time so had flight following direct to KWDR (Home) and dodged the building "Q" to home. Arrived about 2PM EDT and glad I made the trip. Crossed California off bucket list & a true "Cross Country" as well.
Special thanks to Malcome Steck, LT. USN for providing me with the opportunity to fly this fun airplane.
Hope to see everybody at HBC OSH in 2 weeks.:p


Ironflight 07-11-2013 01:20 PM

Congratulations on the trip - and the airplane - Jerry!

I know many of those stops well - too bad I didn't know you were on the journey - I could have escorted you a bit.

Paul

Jerry Fischer 07-11-2013 06:41 PM

Odyssey
 
Hi Paul,
Kind of lonesome at times, just me & the controllers...but I met so many nice folks along the way, c u in OSH & the offer to fly her still stands. All I need is time in a 4, 8 & 10 and will have flown all the RV line :D

pierre smith 07-12-2013 05:57 AM

OK, can do the -10
 
My left seat awaits you:)

Best,

rv7boy 07-12-2013 07:57 AM

Good to hear that Carroll Dyson is still in business at Athens, Texas airport. :D.
I stopped there going to and coming from the Texas RV Flyin Doug used to sponsor near Waco back in 2002.

Jerry Fischer 07-12-2013 08:39 AM

The "10"
 
Thanks Pierre, perhaps our paths will cross soon...
And Don, Carroll is one of the good ones!!

longranger 07-12-2013 12:43 PM

Jerry,

If you ever find your way out here again, push just a bit further and land at KTSP. The fuel's cheaper, there's about 3500' less climbout to be on your way, and I'll always offer a bed and a bean to a fellow Georgian.;)

Jerry Fischer 07-22-2013 02:14 PM

Thanks Miles
 
I'm not sure if I'll be "Going West" again in the RV1, but if I do I'll take you up on your offer.:)

AirShowFan 07-29-2013 06:10 PM

Congratulations, Jerry! I am happy for you and, I must admit, a little jealous. I had my eye on that airplane for a long time, I could just never justify it financially (especially given that I already own an RV-6). I hope you enjoy this piece of homebuilt history, and don't be shy taking it to airshows and fly-ins so that other RV-ators can get a good look at it :)


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