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  #161  
Old 09-14-2016, 07:08 PM
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Default Some Willie bent facts!

Vlad, Wish I'd known you were coming earlier, I'd like to have met you.

Bent Willies is home to the "Ridge Barnstormers", the local Polk county RC flying club. I invited them in 6 years ago and they are a great tenant. They pay me 10.00 per year, have a 2.5 million dollar insurance policy and keep all 2300' mowed. Once our youngest graduates high school next year my wife and I will be building house and moving there permanently. We live an hour away, by car, in Orlando. BTW, the emergency repair kit is for RC's not RV's.

The Tax man insisted I let the cows graze the whole property or lose my Ag exemption. This would take my taxes from 125.00 per year to over 5,000.

I choose to let cows eat and fertilize the runway till we move there😀
This is why I ask people to call prior to landing. Want to make sure everyone has been duly informed prior to touchdown that cows may be sharing runway.

When Vlad emailed that he wanted to traverse the Willie , I gladly granted permission and forewarned him....about the cows. That crazy ruski!! I had no idea he was gonna go skinny dipping and peeing in my pond! Little did he know that Big Fred spends about half his time there. The pic of Fred is him running from my zero turn mower while moving between my ponds. He hasn't eaten any of my cows yet but they will be dropping calves soon so I may be eating some "tastes like chicken" very soon.

Smokey Ray was the first to leave tire marks at willies and there has been many since.

Here's the deal: if you are an RVer, you are welcome, just call first. I have an artesian well to drink out of, a BBQ grill, plenty of firewood and a porta potty. Bring your tent and enjoy! Turbo has been there in is R44 and Gary Palinkas has been known to camp overnight with his air rifle. Bring your golf clubs and hit range balls I have there. Bring your pistols or rifle and feel free to shoot at small range. For those looking for a cool place to camp 15 minutes from Sun n Fun, come on.

Vlad has taught me one thing, don't assume people just want to use the runway😀
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Old 09-16-2016, 05:20 AM
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Default Day 18. Florida to NC.

I am starting my flying day from Naples, Florida. I plan to track the shores to Boca Grande Key then turn north and along the shore back home. Quirky things.





A well known tethered balloon over the Keys.





Southernmost Point with resorts. I stayed there once in 2010.





Key West International airport.





I cooled off a little bit then went down for fish spotting.





I spotted a lot just couldn't catch them on the camera.








Landed at Marathon airport and walked to a Subway restaurant for brunch.


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Old 09-16-2016, 05:36 AM
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Default Day 18. Florida to NC.

I was on the ground 45 minutes the most. Bought my required fuel minimum and took off. On top of busy Miami airspace.





That's a beautiful grass strip!






NASA Space Shuttle Landing Facility. It never gets old passing by it.





Spruce Creek airpark. My first RV instructor lives there. Hi Ted.





Somewhere past Flagler I noticed empty beach.





It was empty only for half mile.





Then I was intercepted by (I noticed this tight form a while ago) a flight of two RVs and escorted from the beach toward Palatka. They dropped me off as soon as they were sure I am not coming back. I was running on fumes.





With full gas I sprinted to Lumberton, North Carolina. Tied down and walked to Atkinson Hotel.
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Old 09-16-2016, 05:53 AM
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Beautiful photos, Vlad. Thanks so much!
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Old 09-20-2016, 08:30 PM
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Talking Day 19. Final Day of Big Trip.

It's over and I can't believe I did it. I was still 5 flight hours from home but it was nothing compare to what's flown. I walked from Atkinson Suites to Lumberton airport and was airborne immediately. I planned to scout Cape Fear on early morning with low tide but a lot of people were already enjoying the beach. I was out of luck.





Then I stopped at Holly Ridge/Topsail Island to check their grass runway. An EMS pilot briefed me on how to navigate Camp Lejeune restricted airspace but it didn't work out. The artillery units already started shelling and approach sent me farther to the sea. I enjoyed the view.









Any time I am in the vicinity of First Flight airport I land. Today I had two reasons. One is symbolic and another being hungry.







I walked around the Monument then headed to the closest gas station there is a Subway restaurant there. 10 min walk from the monument. A contractor was already setting Xs on both sides of the runway. They were prepping for tarring work. They let me out.

By and over Oceana; "Tapron51 maintain xxxx your traffic 11 o'clock quarter mile".
Nice job son!





Keep it tight kids.








So the journey is over.







20 days of flying totaled 116.8 flight hours 16,000+ NM traveled and burned over 800 gallons of gas. Out of 97 landing sites visited 36 were unimproved strips/other surfaces. Would I do it again? In a heartbeat for sure. Thanks for following stay tuned for another even bigger adventure in June 2018
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Old 09-20-2016, 08:53 PM
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Vlad, 12,500 flight hours under my belt all over 5 continents, but you've literally blown me away with this awesome solo trip and documentary. Thanks for presenting experimental aviation as an enjoyable, interesting and above all, safe means of travel. Cheers, Woody.
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Old 09-20-2016, 08:54 PM
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Anytime Vlad! I am glad you were able to stop by.

I think Dos Equis needs to re-think their new "Most Interesting Man"!

Ivan
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Old 09-20-2016, 09:00 PM
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That was an awesome adventure. Thanks for sharing. I hope I can take that much time away from my normal life someday to do some similar adventures
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A relaxed leg to Tampa was terminated by arrival of a huge storm which grew out from nowhere. Winds by Peter O'Knight were blowing in all directions. I firewalled the throttle and plopped in the middle of the runway bouncing like a tennis ball.



Hey Vlad,
Score yourself another island. Peter O'Knight is on Davis Island.
Sorry I missed you again. I usually have lunch here during the week.

Thank you for such a fantastic trip report & thanks for sharing your adventure.
You have inspired us all here at VAF.
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Old 09-20-2016, 10:07 PM
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I think Dos Equis needs to re-think their new "Most Interesting Man"!

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Yes, Vlad, I can see you in that commercial, just like the pictures in your travels!

Thanks for sharing your round-the-49 states-tour!
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